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PNC moderator introduces Acting Conference Minister

Moderator Tara Leininger officially introduced Courtney Stange-Tregear, who has been named as the PNC’s Acting Conference Minister

Courtney has served in the Pacific Northwest Conference for six years as Minister for Church Vitality, and previously served as Acting Conference Minister during Mike Denton’s sabbatical. 

For several years, Courtney has curated the Lenten Devotional series and the devotional book created from the 2020 Lenten reflections.  She has been the staff support for the PNC Stewardship Committee and Church Development Committee. 

Courtney has led retreats and annual meetings, created the weekly moderator’s group to support local church leadership during the pandemic and  more. 

She was instrumental in the PNC’s participation in “Giving Tuesday,” a national day of giving fund-raising event, for which the PNC conference received national recognition.

“Recently I’ve been working with Courtney as she’s supported the PNC board and our strategy team, working on vision casting and strategic planning for the conference,” said  Tara. “I appreciate her keen listening, her grounded presence, and her skills as a creative problem-solver.”

Tara describes Courtney as “a gifted preacher and a passionate, spirit-filled, theologically-grounded minister.  Under her leadership the vitality ministry has led the conference priority of deepening relationships and has increased our capacity to do justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with God.”

Courtney is a member of the United Church of Christ Cornerstone Found board of directors, the Antoinette Brown Society leadership, and a founding member and chair of the Associate Conference Minister’s Alliance. 

She has a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s College, a master’s from the University of Leeds, a master of divinity from Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School, and now a doctor of ministry from Bexley Seabury Seminary at the University of Chicago.

“Our conference is a covenant between each of our churches, our camps, all our clergy and lay members of the PNC churches. Conference leadership is primarily made up of amazing volunteers, and that is by design,” Tara said.

“Just like a UCC church is led by its members, a UCC conference is led by each person who participates and shows up,” she continued. “The PNC staff supports the work of the conference, but it is really all of you who make the conference possible. 

“In this time of staffing transition, I’m grateful we have someone who can step into the Acting Conference Minister role who knows us and loves our conference,” Tara said.

“Welcome to our Acting Conference Minister; may her journey with us be blessed!” said Tara on behalf of the Board of Directors.

Courtney may be reached by email at, by visiting during her drop-in office hours 9:30-10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on Zoom, or by calling or texting her. 

For information, Arlene Hobson, the PNC executive administrator, at, can help guide those with questions to the best person to meet their needs. 

For information, email Tara at 


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