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Pastor Richard W. Pleva

Richard William Pleva (prefers to be called Pastor Rich) lives in Blue Mounds, WI and currently is a member of Middleton Community UCC in Middleton, WI.

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Pastor Rich asked to be a candidate to serve our congregation. He is passionate about preaching – faith – Christian faith – landscape gardens and Chicago Cubs!! He believes that Leaders are profoundly serious about the work they share with others but are decidedly less serious about themselves – the best leaders laugh hard and frequently and often about themselves!


Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL – Master of Divinity degree.
University of Dubuque T
heological Seminary in Dubuque, IA – Doctor of Divinity degree.

Vocational History:
Most recently, served 13 years as Conference Minister, Iowa Conference UCC, Des Moines, IA. Before that he served as Associate Minister, Prairie Association / Illinois Conference UCC, DeKalb, IL. From 1991-1997 he served as Pastor at Immanuel UCC, Darlington, Wisconsin and from 1990-1991 was Interim Pastor at Salem UCC, Verona. The beginning of his ministry was Organizing Pastor (new church start ups) for Community Evangelical Free Churches in Yankeetown, Florida and Platteville, Wisconsin.

Pastor Richs profile saidAfter 40 good years of several types of Christian ministry and leadership, Im now retired, but not quite ready to entirely hang it up. Looking for a church willing to grant me flexibility for some travel and additional family time. I am a hard worker and can get more done in a few hours than some others can do over many days. Most of all, I want to serve Jesus, in ways and places where doubt and diversity and ambiguity can be embraced not as enemies of the Christian Gospel but as intrinsically healthy and honest.

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