Roger Pancost was born and raised in the United Church of Christ and was confirmed at Pilgrim Congregational UCC in Lansing, Michigan. After receiving his B.S. in Psychology from Michigan State University he entered UCC affiliated Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Roger graduated from Eden with his Master of Divinity Degree in 1987. He then accepted the call to serve the United Church of Christ in Sherburne, New York. After seventeen years of service with that church Roger accepted the call to serve the United Church of Christ, Midland. He enjoys sharing in the many ministries of this church which include: engaging worship, meaningful educational experiences, warm fellowship, and opportunities for service.
Roger is married to Sarah who is a teacher at H.H. Dow High School and serves as the International Baccalaureate coordinator for that institution. Roger and Sarah have a six-year-old son who they enjoy spending time with at home and at their favorite Michigan location, The Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.
Rev. Pancost keeps office hours Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 3:30p.m. and is available for appointments at other times.
James Hohmeyer is the conductor emeritus of the Rochester Symphony Orchestra, and the Director of Choral Programs and Music Theater at Midland Center for the Arts. In 2010 he was the conductor of the Hollywood Concert Orchestra on a national tour with Shirley Jones in A Night at the Oscars.
Hohmeyer apprenticed with Maestros Robert Shaw and James Levine, and has degrees from Wayne State University and completed requirements for a Doctor of Music Arts (orchestral conducting) at Michigan State University. Conducting credits are many, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Arizona State honors Orchestra and the Michigan Opera Theater Touring orchestra. He is active as a choral music adjudicator and clinician, and his multi-faceted background includes a 30-year career as a Detroit-area educator, jazz pianist, theatrical conductor and jazz conductor/pianist/arranger for the Michigan Opera Theater touring programs.
Hohmeyer was named the "Midland Musician of the Year" for 2014. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and the Michigan Music Teachers Association. He is also currently the Director of Music at the United Church of Christ in Midland.
Jennifer Ringgold joined the staff in May 2012 and serves as the Director of Educational Ministries. Born and raised in Midland, Jenn fondly remembers attending UCC as a child. She now coordinates the Nursery, Sunday School, Youth Group, Adult Bible Studies, Confirmation, Mission Trips, and much more.
Jenn shares an energetic and entertaining life with her husband Steven and their 3 young children.
Born and raised in Midland, Janet Davis has been Administrative Assistant for Midland UCC since July, 2006. Her job involves serving as the communication link of the church to the community and between members of the congregation. She produces worship service materials, publishes a monthly newsletter, coordinates the church database and serves the pastor, staff, and church leaders in a variety of administrative tasks.
Janet can be found in the church office Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Edward Soehnlen, earned his B.A. at the University of Notre Dame, his M.A. (Organ) and Ph.D. (Musicology) at the University of Michigan. He has served on the music staffs of churches in Merano and Bologna Italy, Eugene, Oregon, Norman, Oklahoma, and Bay City and Saginaw, Michigan. He is an Adjunct Professor at SVSU since 1986, teaching music courses and keyboard instruments. He is co-author of two books and author of several articles on teaching keyboard instruments. He is a member of the American Matthay Association and the American Guild of Organists.
A member of the UCC music staff since 1996, Edward enjoys ensemble playing with other UCC musicians and bringing organ music, past and present, to life on our Brombaugh Tracker Action Organ in the service of our congregation's worship life.
Phil is originally from Saginaw, but now lives near Midland in Beaverton. He is retired from General Motors-Delphi Steering. He has four grandchildren. Phil is interested in water skiing, boating, motorcycling, and hunting.
In his spare time Phil likes to remodel homes. He also likes traveling. Phil has been to Belize, Hawaii and Costa Rica.