Rev. Dr.  Laura Miller-Purrenhage


 Rev. Dr. Laura Miller-Purrenhage.

Pastor Laura was Ordained on June 30th

and began her work with FCUCC on July 1, 2019



Hi, I'm Angela Spialek, office administrator at First Congregational UCC Grand Ledge. 

I am originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, but my family and I moved to Lansing in 2019

after living in Central Wisconsin for almost 2 decades.

I have two wonderful teenagers and a loving husband of 20 years.

My family loves to read, watch movies, play board games, cook, and walk our dog.

I have a degree in Human Services, and am a Board Certified Practitioner.

I started my first church administration job in 2002,

and I am excited to bring my experience to

the FCUCC congregation. Please don't hesitate to stop by, email, or call!

My name is Judy Nielsen.  I have been organist and choir accompanist at FCUCC for about 14 years. 

I have stayed this long because of the wonderfully welcoming and loving people at this church. 

During the summer I arrange for soloists and small groups to sing or play instruments during the service. 

I am also privileged to lead a Bible Study and to teach individual music lessons at the church.


  I have 3 grown kids (and their spouses), 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

  I love to spend time with them or text, talk, or email them.


My personal goal is lead in worship with music at FCUCC for as long as I am able., and as long as God calls me here.

If you have any questions, you may email me at the church.

Hello my name is Darlene Banks.  Way back in 1967-68 my mother-in-law invited me to be her guest at the mother-daughter banquet

sponsored by the UMC Church in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  The program for the evening was a 2 octave bell choir -- I was smitten!!! 

Since then I've been a member or director in 9 different bell choirs, as I followed my husband’s job changes across three states. 

My enthusiasm for the art of hand bell ringing has continued to grow. 

Currently, I am Bell Choir Director at First Congregational UCC in Grand Ledge. I invite everyone I meet to join our choir. 

I believe that ringing hand bells changes people in positive ways.  Our program includes members from the age of 10 to 80,

our bell program is for those with a music background and for those who don't read music at all. 

We worship with our music and hope to inspire those who listen.

My husband Ben and I were raised in central Ohio.  We moved to Michigan in 1970 and are both retired from the Michigan Schools. 

We have two sons and five grandchildren.  I spend free time gardening, knitting, sewing and collecting pictures and family history. 

Come and join us! 

Originally from Oklahoma, Brandon A. Frost is a Realtor at MaraRealty in Dimondale, Michigan.

Brandon has been active in church music since high school and has served at Methodist, Presbyterian and UCC churches.

 He studied music composition and conducting at Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma before moving to Michigan.

 Brandon lives in Dimondale, Michigan with his husband Chad Frost and their two cats Foxy and Yumi and dog Karen Walker.

When they aren’t traveling around buying and selling antiques they are hosting dinner parties and enjoying Michigan’s beautiful shores.

Hello my name is Sue Sackett and I am the Custodian for First Congregational United Church of Christ.

I along with my husband, Bob and son, Ben are responsible for the basic cleaning of the inside of the church.

I have been a member of the church for over 35 years.

I have served on many boards and committee over the years, but for the last 14 years I have been the custodian. 

My hobbies are reading, running, making scrap books for the grandchildren, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

My husband and I have been married for 46 years this July.

We both graduated from Grand Ledge High School, as did both of our children.

My goals for First Congregational UCC are to make the church an appealing and pleasant place to visit and worship.

I’m John Baumgartner and as of May 2014 installed as the Pastor Emeritus of First Congregational Church.

  My wife, Mary Ann and I live in Grand Ledge.  We are members of Edgewood United Church UCC, E. Lansing.

I am currently a member of the Friends of Eaton Co Parks.  I enjoy reading, gardening and am an avid bird watcher.

Question: "What is a Pastor Emeritus?"

Answer: Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed upon one who has retired from a position (pastor, professor, or other professional position)

as a way of honoring the individual’s service. Emeritus comes from the Latin word emereri, which means to earn one’s discharge by service.

Bestowing the title “Pastor Emeritus” upon a retiring pastor is a way for the church leadership to honor his service to the church.

What We Believe

Following Jesus, our mission is to serve God by building an inclusive community where uplifting worship and relevant messages deepen spirituality and inspire acts of justice,

service, and compassion.

Our Ministries

We have a vast array of programs for you and your family to get involved in or serve with. 

We have a wide range of faith formation activities, chances to give back to the community, and a variety of ways to celebrate

friendship and fellowship.

Small Groups

A small group ministry, Lifegroups are designed to connect people with one another in order to lift each other towards  Christ.  Each group should be a safe place for all persons to find real answers. These answers are not provided by an "answer person" but rather through the collective life stories of the members. The main goal is that people are lifted towards Christ!