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Rev. Damien J. Lake
Rev. Lake brings a wealth of experience in helping churches in transition during a clergy change. He served churches as an interim minister in Michigan and Ohio. He headed the Vitality Team for the Eastern Ohio/Western Reserve Associations of the United Church of Christ, Ohio.

In addition, Rev. Lake has worked with the Center for Progressive Renewal (CPR) and is an advocate for social justice in many venues. Working with youth and young adults is one of Rev. Lake's passions. Rev. Lake received the Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary.
Pastor Damien is a dedicated family man. He and his wife/partner, Sue, are a truly blended family with four children: Gwenevere, Lorelei, Caleb, and Arabella. They love spending time together playing games, taking walks, looking at specialty cars, and vacationing in different parts of the world.

Pastor Damien is an admitted specialty car fanatic. He loves to look at, drive, and work on old cars, restoring them to their previous glory. Pastor Damien's wife Sue is currently working on her Master's Degree in Architecture.

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Rev. Damien J. Lake


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About Us
God has richly blessed our congregation over the years with good and able leadership (both clergy and laity) with a responsivness to the mandates of scripture, an enriched worship life, a committed and diverse Christian education program, faithful groups and individuals who have attended to both institutional and human needs, and with a location for doing mission work that is enhanced by the wide diversity of people and events that is unique to our setting in one of the world's great metropolitan areas.

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Founded in 1888
In January 1888, a special meeting was called to consider establishing a Union Church. Forty residents had signed the call. A committee was appointed to study the feasibility of such a church organization. The D. L. and W. Railroad offered its new station on Ridgwood Ave for holding Sunday services.

Our original membership was a blend of Methodists, Episcopalians, Dutch Reformists, Presbyterians and one Congregationalist. It would seem amazing, then, that we became a Congregational Church. The charter members recognized the need to blend ideas and ways of worship. The church was to be based on tolerance of others and the willingness to make concessions.

As a result, we became a church that provides a spiritual home for all Christians to find rest, comfort and strength while respecting others' beliefs. A truly United Church in an active, small town with a true community spirit, very similar to the original apostolic churches that were "parish churches" based on the friendliness of neighbors, drawn closer together in charity and a common faith in Jesus Christ.

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