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Interim Pastor

Rev. Dr. Tom Robinson

Rev. Dr. Tom Robinson is serving as the Interim Pastor at Salem UCC.  Tom is a trained intentional Interim Pastor, who has been granted dual standing in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).   His ministry at Salem Church is to provide pastoral care, worship leadership, and guidance for church leadership and the congregation through this interim period of discernment, as the congregation celebrates its heritage and current ministry, and as Salem Church seeks God’s leading for its future ministry, in preparation for the next permanent Pastor.

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Tom Robinson

Interim Pastor

Rev. Dr. Tom Robinson is serving as the Interim Pastor at Salem UCC.  Tom is a trained intentional Interim Pastor, who has been granted dual standing in the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church (USA).   His ministry at Salem Church is to provide pastoral care, worship leadership, and guidance for church leadership and the congregation through this interim period of discernment, as the congregation celebrates its heritage and current ministry, and as Salem Church seeks God’s leading for its future ministry, in preparation for the next permanent Pastor.  
Tom was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, received a Bachelor’s degree in history and psychology at Erskine College in South Carolina, and then earned his Master of Divinity degree and later a Doctor of Ministry degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.  Since his ordination in the Presbyterian Church, he has served over twenty years as an installed Pastor in three congregations, as an Interim Pastor in four congregations, and as a Presbyterian regional official in Pennsylvania for more than a decade.  In 2019, Tom was invited to come to Wisconsin, where he had never been before, to be Interim Pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church in Madison.  Tom and his wife Annari Griesel came to love Wisconsin so much that they decided to become permanent residents in Verona, and they have since driven all over Wisconsin, constantly discovering new adventures and wonderful places on each trip.    Annari is an ordained Presbyterian minister, with a PhD from Princeton Seminary, and she is a professional in Pastoral Care, Hospital Chaplaincy, and Clinical Pastoral Education.
For fun and recreation, Tom loves cycling on the many Wisconsin bike trails, and he is especially glad that Military Ridge Trail runs through Verona, opening the way for long rides and connections to other trails.   He also enjoys music and has performed on string bass for over twenty seasons with the Hershey Symphony and Bucks County (Pa.) Symphony Orchestra.   Tom and Annari enjoy the beauty of nature, travels around the Mid-West, walking around the Farmer’s Market on the Square, and biking the trails together.

 
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Sarah Pundt

Director of Christian Education
Interim Director of Youth Ministry

Sarah has been Salem’s Director of Christian Education since October 2016, and also serves as the Interim Director of Youth Ministry since March of 2021. 

She primarily oversees our Christian Education program for all ages including our nursery childcare center, Sunday school, Safe Church Program, Vacation Bible School, evening Adult programs, intergenerational activities, and special seasonal activities. She enjoys providing opportunities for every member of the Salem community to explore and deepen their faith, serve as teachers and mentors to others, and grow in fellowship with each other in the process.  Everyone is at a different place in their faith journey and at Salem, we offer a loving and supportive environment to ask questions and challenge ourselves to live active and fulfilling lives as Christians.

Sarah and her husband are natives of Rochester, NY and moved to Verona in 2003 with their two children.  She has been a lifelong church member- in the Presbyterian (PCUSA), Congregational, and UCC traditions.  The Pundts became members of Salem shortly after moving to Verona.  Sarah earned a B.A. in Music with a minor in Psychology from Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) and is currently enrolled in the Lay Academy through the UCC WI Conference.  Her volunteer roles at Salem include serving on Youth Ministry Team and the Pastoral Relations committees. When she is not at church, she enjoys spending time with her family, participating in outdoor recreation activities, and scrapbooking.  

She looks forward to engaging as many of you as possible in our educational programs and welcome all questions and ideas. Please contact her at spundt@salemchurchverona.org or 608-692-3239.

 
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Dawn Lingard

Director of Music

Dawn Lingard has been a musician nearly all of her life, sharing her musical gifts in her Salem Sunday School class at around age 10, then becoming one of the 2 organists while in High School.  After focusing on her music studies at Oral Roberts University with Joyce Bridgman in Tulsa, OK, she then moved to Kansas City, MO.  There she found a church home that embraced her eclectic musical background & helped enhance her worship style.  Since coming back home to Salem in 2005, Dawn took over the Organist responsibilities.  Here, she was able to introduce her varied background in piano performance & accompaniment.  She loves working with musicians of all ages & abilities, helping them embrace their talent & share it with others.


Currently, Dawn is our Music Director where she continues her Organist responsibilities while also moderating the Music in Worship Committee.  In addition, she served on the Wisconsin Conference UCC Annual Worship Committee for 8 years.  Here she led that group in planning & performing for the Annual Conference worship services. 


She thoroughly enjoys sharing her gifts of music not just with Salem but with her community at large.  She has been the Lands’ End Christmas Choir accompanist for 25 years & helps out with local school concerts, Solo & Ensemble events, and musicals … to name just a few.