Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who have stepped up to lead. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:



The Rev. Paige Besse-Rankin - Interim Pastor

Rev. Paige joined the staff at Yankton United Church of Christ as Interim Pastor at the beginning of October 2017.  She has served for over 25 years in pastoral ministry as both a settled pastor and an interim pastor.  She graduated from Emmanuel College in Boston with a degree in Music Therapy.  She has a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School.  She served three churches in the Connecticut Conference UCC before moving to South Dakota in 2015 so her husband, Gordon, could accept the call to serve as the SD Conference minister.  She completed a certificate in Interim Ministry in 2016 and served as interim pastor for two ELCA congregations in Sinai and Lake Campbell, SD.   Professional interests have included creativity and the arts in worship and faith formation, stewardship, small church life, church growth, mission trips, international partnerships, outdoor ministries, ministry with the homeless, green churches, and community response to racism. Paige and her husband Gordon have a 14 year-old daughter, Emily, who is a sophomore in high school.




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Ted and Jennifer Powell

Ted - Director of Music and Jennifer - Choir Director

Ted and Jennifer Powell began leadership duties as Organist and Choir Director at the Yankton UCC in 1999.  Ted and Jennifer are both graduates of the Conservatory of Music at Yankton College.  Ted is a retired music teacher with the Yankton School system and is employed by Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home as a prearrangement counselor.  Contact information 605-665-4182.



Michelle Redman - Director of Faith Formation

 Michelle began as Director of Faith Formation in September 2014.  She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.  She has been a member of Yankton United Church of Christ since 2000 and has been involved in the United Church of Christ all her life, coming from churches in Oakland and Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Michelle is married to Harry Redman and they have 2 sons, Trey and Tristan.  Contact information: michelle@yanktonucc.org or 605-665-7320. 


Support Staff - 

Mike Schumacher - Church Admininstrator secretary@yanktonucc.org or 605-665-7320

Judy Lucht -- Custodian

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