We are a Christ-centered church responding with love to the needs of our community.
We accomplish our vision through:
Worship - Spiritual Formation
Service - Community Building
Wright Congregation United Church of Christ is a community in which ALL are welcome. We declare ourselves to be open and affirming of all people regardless of age, ability, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, economic circumstances or marital status. Wright Congregational United Church of Christ invites ALL of God's Children into the full life and ministry of the church.
Meet our Staff
Settled Pastor: the Reverend Heather Miner
Hello Wright Church! I'm looking forward to beginning our journey October 4, 2022. My first sermon with be Sunday, October 9 at 11:00 am and I'd love to see you all worship Jesus with me.
I am excited about being among you, serving you, and reaching out to the community. My first call was in Las Vegas where one of the leaders, a professor at UNLV, told me the most important thing for a pastor to do is to spend time with the people. We certainly got a good start during the weekend I was there--thank you to all who came out to meet me. It touched my heart.
As I write, I am in the midst of packing and saying goodbye. The church I've served for the past 11 years is also moving. They are hopeful they will an interim pastor to whom I can give the keys this Sunday. What an awesome work of God that would be!
NLBCC has asked me to consider what I will take from my ministry among them. I can sum it up as God can use anyone who is willing to be of use in the service of Christ. They do not have near the talent that Wright has in the pews. All of them are physically wounded and/or emotionally scarred. Many do not have a forever home and are living by the grace of God. Yet they all find a way to serve. There is not one "pew" sitter in the group. An example...one of the two lead singers is fighting breast cancer even as her home is being foreclosed upon. Yet she showed up on Sunday, the day before her lumpectomy and plans to show up this Sunday to sing and praise her Lord, her rock.
The reason they can withstand the troubles that come their way and still get up and praise is...Jesus.
When I was in the midst of my own difficult transition, Jesus is the one who got me through. The one who became my pastor during that time taught me the simplest one-word prayer...Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. The picture is of me sitting with Pastor Duane. Sometimes Jesus calls to us, like he did Peter, to walk on the water. Other times, Jesus calls us to spend time on the dry land in prayer. At all times, he calls us to be loved...loved by him, and love because of him.
Oh, what love we will know as we journey together!
Interim Pastor Gary E Smith
I am a native Idahoan, and spent my adolescence in Burley. What you may not know is that I always wanted to be a minister. My community of faith as well as my friends supported and encouraged my calling. At Northwest Christian College I met Robbie, whose father was a music professor. We were married in 1972 and will celebrated our 50th anniversary in August. After seminary I served a church in Jefferson City, Missouri and we had the opportunity to come back to Idaho to serve Red Rock Christian Church, as pastor and music director. I retired from Red Rock after 35 years just in time to babysit a newborn granddaughter. Since then I have served three churches as Interim Pastor. Again, I thank you for this opportunity.
Office Manager Liz Vorbeck
I was born in Minnesota on the Iron Range. I spent my youth years riding and showing American Quarter Horses, snow skiing and having fun on the farm. In 1984 I moved to Boise to be with my family. My husband, John and I were married in Wright Church in August, 2018 and consider our church friends family. When Wright church's long-time secretary, Robin, retired and the church offered me the job of Office Manager/Communications Manager. I felt is was the right opportunity to give back to our lovely church and church family with my 29+ years of business experience. I would love the chance to visit with you and share your thoughts, concerns and prayers for our continued community spirit and growing our precious and beloved church. Cheers, LV