Meet Our Staff

Rev. Leslie Moughty, Pastor

The Reverend Leslie Moughty (pronounced Moody) joined First Congregational United Church of Christ in Brainerd as Pastor in February 2015. Leslie came to us from the Seattle area where she was serving as the Director of Children, Youth and Families at a local UCC church. Leslie completed her Master of Divinity at Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, CA in 2013. Leslie is a trained facilitator for all levels of the Our Whole Lives Sexuality and Our Faith curriculum and lobbied in Washington DC for comprehensive sexuality education in schools. (For more information about Our Whole Lives, click here.)

Leslie strives to create worship experiences that blend traditional hymns land worship styles with music from other traditions, multi-sensory experiences, and a variety styles of worship and prayer. Leslie also works toward creating a worship time that is meaningful and accessible to people of all ages including young children who may otherwise feel that church is something they have to endure rather than an experience they look forward to.

In 2016 Pastor Leslie was selected to participate in the Next Generation Leadership Initiative. A ten-year leadership development program for younger local church pastors in the United Church of Christ.

In her free time, Leslie and her husband Ken love to take their dogs Blue and Daisy to Gregory Park for lots of running and ball chasing. She also enjoys beading jewelry, dance and just being in nature.

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Terri Chidester, Administrative Assistant/Office Manager

Terri joined us at the end of December 2019. We are thrilled to welcome her to our church family!

Terri moved to Brained with her two sons from Aitkin County in 2012. She has worked in the health care field the past eight years and has now semi-retired. She is looking forward to spending more time gardening and with her horse Pixi and the two family dogs Banner and Valor.

Terri volunteers as a Master Gardener in Crow Wing County and specializes in Pollinator Gardens, medicinal herbs and Heirloom vegetables.