About Our Staff

Pastor_Katie_Cort_2015Rev. Katherine (Katie) Cort, became the new pastor of Grace United Church of Christ on February 1, 2015. Katie is a graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater production from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. While in seminary, she became a member of the United Church of Christ because of our dedication to inclusion and justice as well as the balance in UCC polity between covenant and autonomy. After graduation, she served as co-pastor at St. Andrew’s United Church of Christ, Lancaster.

Contact Pastor Katie Cort at pastorkatiecort@gmail.com.

Sam Tarasenko 8-2017
Welcome to our new Director of Music, Sam Tarasenko. Sam is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in art history.

Lynn K. Miller is the administrative assistant and webmaster for Grace Church. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and had worked as a reporter for the now-defunct Intelligencer Journal. She has studied earth science at Millersville University and page layout at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. Lynn was the first web editor of NewsLanc.com

Tree of Life; tree ring with bark, with core carved into outline of tree with roots and branches, and a background painted in fiery fall colors.
“Tree of Life” art by Deb Becker

Deb Becker serves as church custodian and Memorial Garden caretaker. Deb has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from Millersville University. She has been self-employed since 1994, and is the sole proprietor of Wood ‘n Glass LLC. Deb balances her time between creating artwork that she sells at art and craft shows (see photo, left), and cleaning the offices/spaces of seven clients, including Grace UCC. Deb is also an avid gardener, with small vegetable plots in 3 different locations. Her gardening knowledge is a combination of learning from her mother and grandmother, experience and instinct.

You can contact Deb by clicking here.

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