First Congregational Church of Reno
United Church of Christ

627 Sunnyside Drive, Reno, NV  89503-3515
"Whoever you are, and wherever you are on life's journey,
you are welcome here."

Staff & Leadership
Rev. Dr. Kate Lambertson, Pastor
Dr. Lambertson, B.A. (Sociology and Religious Studies), M.Div., D.Min. (intergenerational preaching), began her professional ministry in 1988. Her service over the years has included solid pastorates at UCC churches in Illinois, Iowa and Indiana. Under Kate's leadership, her congregations have reshaped their futures, increased community outreach, created household goods pantries for unemployed and underemployed members of the community and university students, initiated alternative worship experiences in addition to traditional Sunday worship, revamped youth and adult education programming, and developed a new confirmation curriculum which is now adopted by at least four other UCC churches.
Ted Owens, Music Director
Ted is the talented and widely recognized director of our music program. He holds several academic degrees in music, including Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Doctor of Musical Arts (ABD) with a doctoral minor in ethnomusicology and music in general studies from the University of Arizona. Ted is also a celebrated professor of music at Truckee Meadows Community College, with extensive experience in musical theatre as an actor, musician, and musical director. Ted also enjoys serving as Artistic Director for the Nevada Gay Menís Chorus.
Saralinda Kiser, Director of Christian Education
Saralinda has been Christian Education Director at FCC Reno since 2013. She teaches communication at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she is also the Communication Studies Director of Advising. Her first career was in the live theatre as an actor/director, and she operated a non-profit theatre for 8 years with her husband. She is the mom of a tween as well as two grown daughters who live in Colorado. She loves kids, books, cats, baked potatoes, musical theatre, this church, and being on the water.

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