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Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe, Senior Minister
SMonroe@PlymouthChurchUCC.org 216.921.3510 (x25)
The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe became the senior minister of Plymouth Church staff January 15, 2008. A native of South Dakota, she hold degrees from the University of Minnesota, Yale Divinity School, and Chicago Theological Seminary   Dr. Monroe has served on the board of the Louisville Institute, and the Deaconess Foundation. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has taught courses in preaching, contemporary culture and theology, and grant writing for non-profit organizations.An accomplished writer, she is the author of Not So Desperate: Fantasy, Fact and Faith on Wisteria Lane (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009). Shawnthea lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Neil Mueller and their three children. Before coming to Plymouth Church, Dr. Monroe served First Congregational Church UCC (Moorhead, MN), Trinitarian Congregational Church (Concord, MA) and Colebrook Congregational Church (Colebrook, CT).
James P. Riggs
Minister of Music and The Arts
JRiggs@Plymouthchurchucc.org
216.921.3510 (x34)
Since joining the staff of Plymouth Church in 1998, James P. Riggs, Minister of Music and the Arts, has created a diverse music program here, bringing children, adults, instrumentalists, handbell ringers, and paid singers together through music of many genres. He oversees ArtsPlymouth in programming for Plymouth and the community, and supports Plymouth’s outreach music programs, including Music Together and the Cleveland Institute of Music. He also developed an intern program, now in its 11th year, to provide student organists with professional experience.Jim holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Seton Hill College, a Master of Arts in Organ Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an Associate of Arts degree in Business Management from Harrisburg Area Community College.He is an active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) where he has served as Dean of the Cleveland Chapter. Under Jim’s leadership, the chapter has given $3,000 in scholarships and awards, won the bid to host the 2012 NYACOP semi-final round in Cleveland, and hosted the first ever Cleveland Organ Weekend. As Sub-Dean and Dean of the Seton Hill College/Westmoreland County Chapter, Jim started a scholarship fund for organ students at Seton Hill College. To date, $40,000 has been awarded to students.Jim has a journal article published in The American Organist, the official journal of the AGO. In 2011, he was selected as a Fellow to study with noted American composer, Alice Parker. He is a member of the 90-voice Baldwin Wallace Men’s Chorus. In his spare time he and his partner, Scott, enjoy traveling, cooking, gardening, and spending time with their rescue dog, Heidi.
szalayLeslie Szalay
Director of Christian Education
LSzalay@plymouthchurchucc.org
216.921.3510 (x27)A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Leslie has served as the DCE for the Bath United Church of Christ for the last two years.  Leslie’s husband, Keith Szalay, teaches German at Shaker Heights High School, and they have three                                                young children.
Picture 006Connie Hartley
Director of Finance & Administration
chartley@plymouthchurchucc.org

Jean Albrecht
Director of PDO
jalbrecht@plymouthchurchucc.org

Ed Willmott
Facilities Manager
ewillmott@plymouthchurchucc.org

Joe Skelley
Administrator of Communication and Development
jskelley@plymouthchurchucc.org


Rose Munn
Facilities Staff