Pastor Liz has served at Edgewood since May of 2016. She is excited by Edgewood’s strong commitment to social justice, love of community, and love of God. Pastor Liz is passionate about helping people of all ages find meaning in their lives and anti-racism work. Each week she crafts worship that strives to be welcoming of all participants and shares the Good News of God’s love and grace. Having worked and volunteered for several years in summer camps, she is also committed to outdoor ministry and singing silly songs as often as possible.


Pastor Liz previously served for seven years at the Congregational Church in South Glastonbury, CT.  She earned a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA. and a BA in English from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She grew up in California, and having lived all over the country, is thrilled to finally grow roots in East Lansing. Pastor Liz comes to us with her wife Beth, two cats, and a dog.  On days off she enjoys biking, weaving, vegetarian cooking, and visiting National Parks.


Click here to view a brief welcome message from Pastor Liz.



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Christian Education Coordinator

Emily Barr lives in the area with her two adorable boys, Ethan and Owen. Together, they love to build with legos, bake cookies, wrestle, and tell jokes. Emily enjoys walking, travelling to familiar and unfamiliar places, making people laugh and eating out. She earned her BA in Community Services & Family Studies and has worked with the Edgewood community since Autumn 2007. She is trained as an Our Whole Lives: Faith & Sexuality Facilitator and is a member of the Great Lakes Association of United Church Educators. Emily feels it is a great gift to serve such a welcoming and inclusive congregation.


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Youth Ministry Coordinator

Marcia Beer is the Youth Ministry Coordinator and Executive Director for the Southside Community Kitchen.  Marcia has a heart for service and loves working with others to make our community and world a better place.   For over 28 years, Marcia's work includes bringing together people together to make a difference - whether it be feeding the hungry, making homes safe, exploring the great out doors, creating art, telling stories or just having fun.

She has operated a home day care, directed children's, youth, and bell choirs, served as Christian Educator, youth director, camp director, and has directed lots of plays and musicals.

Marcia is a graduate of Eastern Michigan (Theater) and Lansing Community College (Residential Building).  Marcia is a graduate of the Michigan Conference Lay Leadership Program - Systematic Training for Effective Ministries, has served as chair of the Great Lakes Association of Educators, and is a trained Our Whole Lives (comprehensive sexuality education program) facilitator. Marcia is currently serving the Michigan Conference United Church of Christ as Disaster Ministry Coordinator for the state.

Marcia enjoys reading, playing piano, singing, building stuff, bicycling, sailing, cooking and eating!

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Adult Choir Director

Monty Bieber is a native of South Dakota who came to Michigan State in 1969 to study journalism, a field he quickly abandoned for a degree in Music Education. He studied choral conducting under Dr. Robert Harris and sang with the Edgewood choir during his college years. He and wife Nancy met on stage while performing with the MSU Opera Workshop, and were married at Edgewood in 1974. After teaching music in Big Rapids, Michigan for five years, Monty and Nancy returned to Lansing in 1979 where Monty was for several years the music director at First Christian Church. Monty returned to Edgewood as Adult Choir Director in September 2010. In his “day job” Monty is the President of Shadow Mountain Consulting working in project management and data warehousing, and Nancy is Academic Program Coordinator for the MSU Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Farid Rafizedeh

Building Manager

Farid has 18 years of experience in planning, directing, organizing, monitoring and managing all aspects and activities of small and large scale construction and civil projects from the beginning to completion, along with a Masters degree in civil engineering from Western Michigan University.  He has a great desire to utilize his practical experience and academic degree to keep the Edgewood facilities in shape.

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