We're seeking a Senior Minister! See details here.
Rev. Joel Fredrikson
OCC warmly welcomes an interim minister, Rev. Joel Fredrikson.
Rev. Fredrikson was born in Ottawa, KS, grew up in Sioux Falls, S.D., but returned to the city of his birth to attend Ottawa University, a small American Baptist liberal arts college. He received a BA in Vocal Performance in 1975 followed by a divinity degree from Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, MN in 1980. He was ordained by the American Baptist Churches of USA in 1981. Two his years later he and his wife Jan were married. She had previously spent four years serving in the Peace Corps in Morocco. They have two grown sons, Levi and Jacob, who live in Corvallis, OR and Minneapolis, MN, respectively.
Joel has served churches as music director and youth minister prior to becoming a senior minister. He was minister of the American Baptist Church in Mapleton, MN for 16 years followed by 12 years of service in a similar capacity in Ottawa, KS.
The Fredriksons are excited to begin this new chapter in their lives. They are anxious to become part of the communities of Ozaukee County and they even look forward to experiencing winter in Wisconsin.
Rev. Rob Fredrickson
Rob is our Associate Minister, with particular focus on the areas of outreach and youth ministry. A graduate of Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, Rob has worked in youth ministry since 1986—mixing lively, fun activities with challenging spiritual reflection and engaging service projects.
Sally has been our Choir Director since the formation of our congregation in 1983. She has many years of experience as a public school music teacher and applies the same high standards to the presentation of sacred music in our worship services.
Lori is our church organist/pianist and has served in these roles since the inception of our church. She received her music training at Drake University and the University of Kansas. She has served as organist for many churches over the past 45+ years, and brings a variety of musical styles to the worship service, from classical to contemporary. She accompanies the choir and other musicians who provide service music throughout the church year.
Working with children is what I love to do! My full time position is working with 18 month old's at a child care center in the area. I have a daughter who will be a senior in high school this year. I am also a photographer, and love to take portraits of kids! I feel blessed to share God's love with the little ones.
My family and I joined OCC around 1992. We used the nursery at that time, and I started helping then, off and on. My whole family has been involved with the Sunday School youth over the years. My husband and I have enjoyed taking care of our youngest members in the nursery for the last few years.
Leona is our children’s ministry leader and former chair of the OCC Board of Christian Education. She has a Masters of Arts in Education with a focus on special needs. Leona loves to share her special interest in community service and outreach with children; to teach them the value of servant leadership.