NATE KLUG was born in the Midwest, grew up in Massachusetts, and has been living in California since 2015. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Yale Divinity School, and he has previously served UCC churches in central Iowa and Orinda, CA. As Pastor of First Church Redwood City, Nate plans and leads our biweekly worship, provides pastoral care to members and friends, and works with the church leadership to envision a bold future for our ministries in the community.
Alongside ministry, Nate’s other calling is writing. His poems, essays, and translations appear widely, and his latest book of poetry, Anyone, was published in 2015. He lives just north of Berkeley with his wife Kit Novotny (a minister at First Congregational Church of Berkeley) and their little terrier named Increase.
Nate loves hearing about where God is moving in your life! To set up a visit here at church, or at your home or local coffee shop, please write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the case of a pastoral emergency, Nate is available by cell phone at (617) 549-8178.
KATHIE FOSGETT serves as Executive Director for First Congregational Church. While her primary responsibility is to carry out the strategic plans and policies of First Church. She is also charged with maintaining strong relationships with our Community Partners. With help from volunteers and occasional part-time help, Kathie maintains a high level of functionality and organization at the Church Office including effecting clear and transparent communication to the Council, members and friends. She is a parent and grandparent and she and her husband live in a multi-generational household. Her volunteer work and her career background in marketing, administration, operations and outreach adds a valuable component to our staff resources.
JOYCE MACWAY is our newest employee. She works part time as our Administrative Assistant. Joyce lives in a multi-generational home, has three grown children and two grandsons having been married for over 40 years. She brings to us a life time of volunteering experience – in other churches, several schools and Community Resource Centers – once earning the title “Professional Volunteer”! She is a long-time friend of our First Church. In 1976 she, and her newborn daughter were baptized here. She has demonstrated experience with organizing events, managing a small business, overseeing volunteers along with computer and office skills. Having traveled extensively and lived overseas she brings a wealth of diversity from other cultures in addition to having served the disadvantaged in our country.
CATHERINE LYMAN is the Meeting Facilitator for the Church Council. She works in the software industry. She and her husband have two grown children.
BILL VAN CLEVE serves as Treasurer of the Church Council. He is a semi-retired industrial engineer and active community volunteer including monthly visits to Hillcrest Juvenile Detention Center and serving on the Board of Directors of Casa de Redwood. Bill and his wife recently celebrated the birth of their eighth great-grandchild.
Long-time member, PATTI BURY, is the Secretary for the Church Council. She recently attained a Masters from San Francisco State University in Early Childhood Education. Patti ran a successful Day Care Center for many years and now works at Google.
CAROL CHIVERS serves on the Church Council as Moderator. She is a retired Kindergarten Teacher and she and her husband are the parents of two adult children. Carol has been a UCC member all of her life – in fact, she and her husband met at a UCC Summer Camp when they were in High School. Carol’s educational experience and her passion for classical music are important assets to our mission.
LARRY FOSGETT joined the Church Council as a member at large. Larry enjoys playing the bass in a local classic rock band called The Wingmen. He grew up at First Congregational Church and gained much of his musical experience with his first rock band, Innovations, which played monthly dances for the Church Youth Group back in the 1960s.
Howard Macway currently serves as a Member-at-Large bringing his quiet wit and many years of experience to the Team. His intelligence and commitment along with his eye for detail are very much valued and appreciated.