Schneider-Adams transitioning to Roberts UCC
Susan Schneider-Adams was looking for a church the same time the Roberts Congregational United Church of Christ was searching for a pastor.
The two parties came together and Schneider-Adams started in August.
There is a caveat. No one knows how long this partnership will last. As of now, Schneider-Adams is listed as a transitional pastor, a fact with which she is comfortable.
“We are going to see how things go for a while,” she said. “I like being an interim pastor because I’ll be here to tell the congregation what’s working, what’s not working. I’m going to be more honest with them ... My role is to find them the best leader they’ll need.”
Becoming a pastor for Schneider-Adams was like going into the family business, as the Minnesota native joked her family was “either pastors or farmers.” She even married a pastor, Matt, who serves the Prescott United Church of Christ congregation (the pair have been married 29 years).
She started out doing liturgical dancing in workshops and retreats and kept avoiding “God’s call” as she explained, until one day she said, ‘let’s try it’ and entered the seminary in California. Schneider-Adams bounced around the country with several interims at churches until she landed at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Ellsworth, where she was positioned for 13 years.
“I enjoy my ministry and take my faith seriously,” Schneider-Adams explained. At the same time, during services, she added, “levity is good.”
The decision to leave was Schneider-Adams’ belief that the church was ready for new leadership. In addition, her two children, Andrew and Molly, had graduated from Ellsworth High School.
Schneider-Adams explained she was familiar with neighboring UCCs over the years while serving in Ellsworth, but didn’t know the Roberts congregation.
In a short time, the Roberts congregation made lasting impressions on her.
“It’s definitely not a Sunday church,” she said. “They are doing stuff all weekend long. They are dedicated to living their faith throughout the world and not just Sunday mornings.”
Schneider-Adams wanted to remind the public Sunday, Oct. 18, was the kickoff of UCC’s annual Operation Christmas Child.
For more information about the program, call 715-749-3225.