No matter who you are or where you are on lifes journey, you are welcome here.
Meet the Pastor and Church Staff
Pastor Jane Cheek, Licensed Minister
Pastor Jane has come to First Congregational Church via a twisted and sometimes bumpy faith-road. She has belonged to and worshiped in several denominations before discovering the UCC, but now that she's found it, she's in for life. Pastor Jane is a Licensed Minister serving FCC as the full-time pastor, and while she has only been in this position officially for a few years, she's been an active member of the congregation for several years; last year, where she served as Moderator. Jane has a heart for serving her community.
Julie Jaquette, Office Administrator
Julie grew up on the island of Guam moving to Colorado when she graduated from high school. She became the office administrator in August 2014. Julie has been an Arizona resident since 1999. She has a broad background ranging from cosmetology, aircraft dispatch to office administration. She has two grown daughters. Dianna, lives in Florida and Sarah, who lives here in the Prescott area. She has a passion for small communities, and is in the process of downsizing her life and possessions in preparation for Tiny House living, hoping to someday homestead off the grid.
Jane Osborn, Director of Music
Jane Osborn was born in Dayton, OH and raised in Huber Heights, a suburb north of Dayton. She always loved music, especially singing, and grew up singing in church choirs from the time she was a small child. Beginning in middle school, her first choice of elective courses was always a choral group. She sang in the Varsity Choir each year of high school and performed in the school's musicals including, "The Sound of Music" in the role of Mother Abbess. Jane graduated from Morehead State University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Music Education, Magna Cum Laude. Not surprisingly, her major instrument was Voice, although she was certified to teach both vocal and instrumental music, K-12.
Since graduating, Jane has taught public school music, privately in her home, served as music director for several area churches, performed with various groups at Yavapai College and appeared on stage at Prescott Fine Arts in concerts and shows. She has been Musical Director for eight musical productions at Prescott Fine Arts and served from 1995-2002 on the Scholarship Competition Committee. Since 1999, Jane has been the concert moderator, vocalist and a percussionist with the Central Arizona Concert Band.
Jane has been a Prescott resident since 1987. She has two sons, David and Daniel Boggs, of whom she is very proud and considers being her greatest accomplishments. Like all musicians, Jane has held a "day job" most of her adult life. She spent fourteen years at A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. (now Wachovia Securities), the last seven as their Operations Supervisor. Following that, she worked for both Air Grand Canyon, Inc. and SKYschool, Inc., two small aviation businesses, doing what is best described as "jack of all trades, master of none!" Her brief aviation career led her to serving on the Board of the Prescott Air Fair Association from 2003-2007. You may remember her as your Office Administrator for a few short months, until she left for her current employment as a Patient Services Assistant at the VA Medical Center. Jane is very pleased that FCCUCC has allowed her the opportunity to be their Music Director.
Carole Sue Linson, M.M.Organist/Pianist of 1st Cong since Aug. 2003
Carole Sue comes from a musical family in northern Indiana full of instrument players, barbershop singers and church choir members. She began playing the piano at the age of five and the saxophone in 4th grade. While in school and college, Carole Sue spent her time singing in the choirs, playing in the bands, and participating in drama productions.
She directed many a pep bands at basketball games in Indiana. She took her first music/choral job at the age of 20 in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was there she began her Masters Degree in music at Butler University and directed a church choir, where she met the Linson family who were singing in choir. Carole Sue married William A. Linson (Bill) in July 1967 and they moved to Philadelphia, PA where she taught elementary music near Valley Forge National Park.
Carole Sue and Bill returned to Indiana in 1969 until 1974 when they moved to the San Francisco Bay area where she began teaching music at Head-Royce College Prep School. She also became pipe organist/ music director at Lafayette UMC for over 20 years. During that time, she taught music to many students after school at the church.
In 2002, the Linson's moved to Prescott to be near family members who were also originally from Indiana. Carole Sue taught elementary music until May of 2008 and retired from teaching music. She also taught six summers of Elderhostel groups for Yavapai College.
Now she enjoy playing piano, organ, saxophone, packing meals on wheels, playing pinochle, hiking, AAUW activities, Yavapai College events, and church activities. Life is full of music and that is GOOD.
Thank you Bill for all your hard work and dedication.
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