Rev. Brian Russell, Minister

Rev. Brian Russell is married to his wife Elizabeth and they share a grown son, Brian.  They previously resided in North Carolina before moving to Ohio to join the Community Congregational UCC. He earned a Masters of Divinity from Wake Forest University as well as holds a Graduate certificate in Spirtually and Health from Wake Forest School of Medicine.  He has worked with a Lutheran Church as a Director of Contempory Worship and as a Pastoral Associate.  While at the Lutheran Church, he wrote and published a book, "The Complete Contempory Worship Handbook".  Before, moving to Ohio he served as a Senior Pastor at Unity UMC in Thomasville, NC.

Jayne Kacik, Music Director

Jayne E. Kacik, serves as Music Director and Organist for CCUCC.  Jayne is married to Mark and is the mom to four children and one grandchild. She currently lives in Avon Lake and enjoys spending time with family and friends while hopefully making this world a better place for future generations. Jayne enjoys walking though the Metroparks and traveling to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. She believes in a world where you can be anything choose to be kind.


With a vast musical history and experiences, Jayne has a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toledo and a Music Education Certification from Ashland University.



Shelly Hoffman, Office Manager

After graduating from college, Shelly worked as a Registered Nurse in Labor and Delivery for several years before deciding to stay at home with her children.  She is married to her high school sweetheart and shares a home with her husband, four children Lauren, Ava, Ethan and Sophia, dog Freya and 2 cats, Kiera and Remi.  She continues to provide nursing care for the public through volunteering with Parish Nursing and the Amherst Marching Band.


She enjoys spending time with friends and family.   In her free time, Shelly enjoys crafts, crocheting. and volunteering with her children's school and activities .  She has been a member of CCUCC since 2014.

Melissa Thompson, Christian Education Director

Melissa Thompson serves as Community Congregational UCC’s Youth Director and oversees our Sunday School and Youth programs.  Melissa works to share love, peace and kindness in all of our youth programming.  Her favorite time of year is Christmas when she enjoys all fo the wonderful family traditions that share God's love. 


A mom of two boys, Ben and Jonah, and wife to Brett, they love to travel, play soccer, host family movie nights and they enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Each day, Brett and Melissa try to follow this simple yet motivational bible verse: "Love one another deeply.  Honor others more than yourselves." Romans 12:10.


Worship with us every Sunday at 10:00am. Our vibrant Sunday School program, also at 10:00am, offers learning opportunities for pre-school aged children and up. Nursery care is offered for younger children.

An Open & Affirming Congregation

Serving communities throughout Lorain County including Amherst, South Amherst, Lorain, Elyria, Vermilion, Sheffield  and Avon.


Community Congregational United Church of Christ


379 South Main Street

Amherst, Ohio 44001

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