Rev. Leslie Schenk began serving as Plymouth’s pastor in September 2015. Pastor Leslie has been a UCC minister since 2008, having served the Ladysmith and Conrath congregations in northwest Wisconsin before being called by Plymouth. Originally from Buffalo, NY, she fell in love with Wisconsin when she relocated here in 1995 to join a Madison-based economic consulting firm. Pastor Leslie brings her deep faith, a sense of joy, and commitment to service to her work with our congregation and in our community. “I feel that we are all searching for a deeper connection with the divine and with each other,” Leslie says, “and a walk of faith in community helps us to do so in ways that are encouraging and uplifting. The extravagant welcome and commitment to helping ministries of the UCC, and at Plymouth in particular, are truly for all!”
Barbara St. John is new to Plymouth as of May 1, 2019. She has an extensive background in non-profit fundraising and public relations, media, graphic design, photography, real estate and church office management, particularly with UCC Churches. She is looking forward to being here and meeting and getting to know everyone who comes through our doors.
Marleen Lippert has served as Plymouth’s volunteer Chancel Choir director for more than fifty years. A child of Plymouth, she has been an integral part of our community her whole life, has held virtually every elective and appointive position we have. Her enthusiasm and deep abiding faith keep the choir spirited and helps the congregation to experience the Word in a most beautiful way.
Organist and Pianist
We have been blessed to have Lyle Anderson’s musical talents at the organ since 1998. Lyle holds a Master of Music degree in music history from UW Madison, has done doctoral research in organ music of the French baroque, as well as carillon study and graduate study in organ. Until retiring in 2016, he played the Carillon at UW Madison every Sunday afternoon. He was also part of the technical staff of the nationally syndicated “Whad’ Ya Know?” public radio show, and now is a part of their podcast staff.
As a child, Wilder Deitz learned to play piano, bass and guitar from his father, singer-songwriter Ritt Deitz. Wilder continued his music studies in college under the tutelage of NEA Jazz Master Richard Davis, and currently studies with pianist Vincent Fuh. Wilder now performs regularly across the Midwest under his own name, and is the founder and director of the East High School and Memorial High School Black Music Ensembles.