Our love and commitment in Christ knows no bounds.
Our Leaders
We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
– Romans 8:28



Jesse was called to serve UCB in the Fall of 2016. He comes with a depth and breadth of education and experience. Jesse holds a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Religion and has previously taught as a professor at the seminary level. He is dedicated to making meaningful spiritual connections between Christianity and contemporary culture. He spends his time reading, writing, teaching, and preaching about God’s love and Christ-following spirituality in today’s world, advocating for justice and equality in world that works for all. Jesse is dedicated to serving others through a ministry of presence, dialogue, and prayer.  He’s also a musician who plays upright and electric bass, guitar, mandolin, and many styles of music.





Carla is one of two great Secretaries we have at the United Church of Byron. Carla is a member of the Meal Ministry Committee and sings in the church choir. She is the church newsletter editor and offers way too much grace to stragglers who have trouble getting material to her by the deadline. Carla is an avid Ice Hogs (and Blackhawks) fan, so don’t even think of scheduling an event that would take her away from an Ice Hogs game.  Not gonna happen.





Marsha is not only a secretary but also a leader of our UCB Fellowship, the resident church photographer, member of the Fundraising Committee, and Memorial Committee. She was a key member of our 175th Anniversary Committee, and is an active part of the Photo Archive Committee. She is the church bulletin editor, so get those changes and additions in by Thursday morning!  Marsha is known for having a penchant for purple and a fondness for the Chicago Cubs.  Some things cannot be helped.

Youth Ministry Coordinator
Khoa coordinates and runs the various youth activities with the help of volunteers. She strives to create an engaging environment that teaches children to become responsible citizens of the world, caring friends/neighbors in their communities, and loving children to their families. Khoa runs the church website and is the resident Buddhist. Khoa has a MA in Clinical Psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) with her own practice in the Rockford area. She has a passion for mental health and has worked with kids, families, couples, and adults to better their mental and behavioral lives since 2004. She is also a mother of two and wife to Pastor Jesse.


Choir Director


Our church council consists of the Board of Stewards and the Board of Deacons.  The Stewards are vested with the care and custody of church properties and the financial affairs of the church. The Deacons minister to the spiritual interests of the church as they cooperate with the Pastor in the maintenance of worship services including holy communion.

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