Rev. Rachel Riggle received her M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 2015, was ordained as a teaching elder on February 12, 2017 and moved to Winona to begin her first call to ministry at Grace Presbyterian Church.
“I think it’s a great fit” she says “I was welcomed right away as part of the family. And I couldn’t imagine being anyplace else.”
Pastor Rachel has a great sense of humor, a personable demeanor, and is dedicated to preaching the word and offering the sacrament. “Word and sacrament are a specialized and unique gift the Church can offer to God’s people that you can’t find anywhere else.” Pastor Rachel sees this as her call to ministry; “My ministry is about finding the beauty in brokenness. And surly the world has plenty brokenness to offer. My ministry is about pointing out all the places God is already hard at work in our personal lives, in our communities, and in our larger society. As broken as we are in this world – God still uses all the little pieces to build God’s Kingdom. And no matter how broken we feel our God still loves us enough to redeem us through the life, death, and resurrection Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Pastor Rachel leads worship each Sunday bringing the biblical message into our daily lives and helping folks to see how the Gospel plays out even in today’s complex society. Her special joy of ministry is using music to bring the gospel to life. And no music is off limits!! She has brought in popular music from Mumford and Sons to Johnny Cash and everywhere in between to worship. “Trust me; God’s voice is everywhere – and yes- even on the radio.” Pastor Rachel always tries to find creative ways to point out Gods voice through worship and study.
“All are welcome in this place. Because we are unconditionally loved by God, we are called to do the same in thought, word and deed with our family, community and world.”
Cheri Looman brings much experience to office of Grace Presbyterian Church. She has worked as an Office Administrator in eight church offices over the last 26 years, including Reformed Church in America, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian. Her mom called her, her multi-denominational daughter!
Cheri believes that working in the church office is a true “calling from God” and strives to use her God-given gifts and abilities to enhance everything that is done in the office.
Cheri has been married to her high school sweetheart, Jack, for over 40 years. They have 2 grown children who are both married, and 4 grandboys ranging in age from 2 1/2 to 12.