Esther joined the church in 2014 and is a much-loved provider of comfort or comic-relief, whatever the situation calls for.
Karen has been providing organ and piano music for worship services in Methodist, Lutheran and UCC settings for at least 55 years (though with some gaps). Her musical tastes are wide; these days she is drawn to the rich southern folk hymn and black spiritual music traditions, what she perceives as true "heart and soul" music.
Choir Director / Keyboardist
"I am the choir director and one of the keyboardists for the Maquoketa United Church of Christ. I began playing organ for the Long Grove Christian church when in high school, sang in their choir, performed with the Augustana College Band and later attended Loras College. At Loras I achieved the American Guild of Organist (AGO) Service Playing certification and teacher certification for music K-12, allowing me to teach for one year. I have been teaching private piano for 25+ years."
"The Maquoketa United Church of Christ has been part of my life since 1982. A parishioner invited me to play the pipe organ at the church and the rest is history. I have been singing and playing service music on the organ and piano since then. I have enjoyed being choir director since 2009."
Our custodian is Carolyn Condon. She lives in rural Maquoketa with her daughter, Amy. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and gardening (especially flowers and hostas). She has been our custodian since 2007.
Our administrative assistant is Sherri Oswalt. Sherri has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Ashford University.
Sherri lives in Maquoketa with her two daughters, two sons, a dog and a cat. She likes to spend her spare time reading or relaxing by a fire in the backyard.
Pastor Stephanie Haskins has served with Maquoketa United Church of Christ since 2011. She was raised Lutheran, and then evangelical, before eventually finding the UCC in her teens.
She’s familiar with eastern Iowa, having attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon. She’s lived in big cities (like Boston, MA), sprawling suburbs, and now she happily resides in Maquoketa with her dog, Esther.
A native of West Des Moines, IA, Pastor Stephanie is passionate about what God can do in small places. She is delighted to serve a growing church community of passionate welcome, spiritual depth, and committed discipleship. Pastor Stephanie is an evangelist for the practice of Centering Prayer (Learn more about this spiritual discipline here), and leads three regular groups, including one at the local YMCA.
Pastor Stephanie is a budding guitarist (kinda), a twin, a spiritual director, an avid reader, a Zumba devotee and a wannabe style guru.
Please drop her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (563) 652-4296.