Rev. Steven Wood

A native of Flint, Michigan, Rev. Steven Wood has been pastor of First Congregational Church since 2014. Prior to that he served churches in Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky. Pastor Steve earned his BA in Biblical Studies from Oakland City University (IN) and his MA in Christian Leadership from Grand Canyon University (AZ). He is currently writing his dissertation for an EdD in Organizational Development at GCU. Pastor Steve has been married to Melanie since 1984 and they have three adult children, as well as three perfect grandchildren who call him, "G-Pa." He is an outnumbered but proud fan of all things Michigan, as well as the Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings.


Lori Childs

Lori Childs is a native of Durand, a graduate of Durand High School, and has been part of FCC all of her life. She is in her second term as our Moderator among the many other things she does. She has been married to Terry since 1982 and they have three adult children, as well as one beautiful granddaughter. Lori attended Flint Institute of Barbering and is part owner of Changes Barber Shop and Hair Salon in Durand. She is partial to chicken bacon ranch pizza, strawberry ice cream, and has been known to yell, "Go Green, Go White!"

George Polen, Chairperson
George Polen is a native of Lewisville, Ohio and serves as Chairperson of our Board of Trustees. He has been married to Shirley since 1960. They have three adult children and one amazing grandson. George has been a member of FCC for over 50 years and has served in a wide range of positions. He holds BS and MBA degrees from Indiana University and retired as Chief Engineer of General Motors Powertrain. He has flown on the Concorde, ridden in the Indy 500, and will actually eat pizza with pineapple on it.
Other Trustee Board Members: Sandy Blight, Terry Childs, Matthew Costigan, Brian Dewald, Roger Drury, Greg Godley, Rick Will, and Marissa Youngs


Brett Bruner Chairperson

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Other Deacon Board Members: Brett Bruner, Mandy Bruner, Rodney Dean, Sherry Dean, Janet Fries, George Polen, Shirley Polen, Shari Schuyler, Brian Wilhelm, and Tina Wilhelm.



Trudy Nicks

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Sherry Dean


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Shirley Polen

Shirley Polen is the pride of River High school in Hannibal, Ohio and has been a member of FCC for over 50 years. She currently servers as Church Clerk. Shirley married George in 1960. She holds an Executive Secretary Degree from Elliot School of Business (WV) and retired as a Payroll and Insurance Specialist from Michigan Community Services. Shirley is founder of the Durand Locomotions Square Dance Club and talks 4-5 miles every day. She has three adult children, one grandson, and four cats. She is partial to mint chocolate chip ice cream, but is unable to decide between Michigan and Michigan State.


Linda Russell

Linda Russell is a native of Swartz Creek, Michigan and a proud Ainsworth High School Spartan. She graduated from Mott Community College and currently serves as Scribe for First Congregational Church. Linda has been married to Mark since 1977. They have three adult children and three very cool grandchildren. She works as a sales executive with Cumulus Media. She has been part of our FCC family since 2014 and wears the Maize and Blue on our annual Great Divide Sunday. She likes coffee flavored ice cream and camping in National Parks all over the United States.


Melanie Wood

Melanie Wood has facilitated worship as our organist at First Congregational Church since 2014. She is a native of Francisco, Indiana and holds both AS and AA degrees from Mott Community College. She works as the Attendance Secretary at Durand Area High School. Melanie has been married to Steve since 1984. They have three adult children and three perfect grandchildren who call her "Ya-Ya." She will also eat pizza with pineapple on it, but she really enjoys Kentucky Pecan Fudge Pie ice cream from G.D. Ritzy's Restaurant in Evansville, Indiana.


Sharna LeCureux

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Shannon Fryer

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Sue Parkin

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Jim Schuyler

Jim Schuyler does a great job as Custodian and Groundskeeper at First Congregational Church. He is a native of Durand and married Shari in 1967. They have two adult children. Jim prefers black cherry ice cream and will eat pizza with pineapple on it, too!


NOTE: The photos on this page are pre-COVID. FCC wears masks, maintains social distance,
and follows all other guidelines whenever we are together in person.

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