Our Staff


  • rev. Dr. Dana Mann - Pastor

    Pastor Dana was called to serve First Congregational UCC in February, 2014 -- a long way from NYC where she grew up. She holds a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, as well as a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and a Master's Degree in family counseling. All of this rests on a professional career, early on, in classical dance. 


  • pat Thompson - Director of Christian Education

    Pat grew up in the United Church of Christ. She was baptized, confirmed, and married in Peace UCC in Minnesota Lake, and remains well connected with the MN Conference and National gatherings -- she’s always excited to meet UCC members from across the country! Pat has been married to her husband, Larry, for 41 years, has a daughter, son-in-law, and two handsome grandsons who are active in the life of our church, and is retired after 37 years of teaching in the areas of Special Education and Early Childhood Education.


  • Diana stoll - Organist, ACCOMPANIST

    Diana joined our staff as 'house musician' in August, 2016. In addition to organ and piano, she plays a variety of wind instrument.


    "I grew up in a musical family, as did my husband, Ken. We share our musical talents in a duo called Heartstrings, playing guitar, hammered dulcimer, tin whistle, and recorder. We have two children and five grandchildren. I look forward to sharing in worship with all of you!"

  • Angie Braunwarth-Hartwell - Director of Vocal Music

    More info coming soon.

  • Diane Bartelt - Office Coordinator

    Diane started working as the Office Coordinator on July 7, 2011. Diane and her husband Craig have been married for more than 38 years, and spend their spare time enjoying their six grandchildren. They have had wonderful times introducing them to the great outdoors. Quilting, sewing and cooking for the whole family is a pure joy for Diane.


    "It’s been a pleasure working with the members and friends of 1st Congregational UCC."

  • Donna Sandon - Financial Secretary

    Donna has been Assistant to our Office Coordinator since 2008 and Financial Secretary, managing records of contributions, since 2009. She is retired from her work as a database programmer in the Twin Cities, and now, in addition to serving as our clerk since 2010, is also a devoted member of the choir. 

  • Rochelle Major - Parish Nurse

    Rochelle is a graduate of Mankato State University (Now Minnesota State University, Mankato) with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is retired and enjoys family, people, and travel.

  • Noah Moore - Web Steward

    Noah is a recent addition to our church, having joined us in August of 2016 when he transferred to Minnesota State University, Mankato to study History and Social Studies Education. He is looking forward to helping our community manage its online presence with our website and social media accounts.