Staff Bios

Rev. Chad R. Abbott

Designated Conference Minister

Phone: 317-924-1395

Email: c.abbott@ikcucc.org

As a transitional associate conference minister, Jim serves as the primary contact person for churches and authorized ministers of the Wabash Valley, Lincoln Land, Kentuckiana, and Evansville Tri-State Associations. Jim will assist churches with issues related to search and call, conflict resolution, general support and assistance.
Jim was ordained in the Baptist tradition in 1989 and was recognized as Authorized Minister in the United Church of Christ in 1999.  He served Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii and he has severed St. Stephen UCC, in Louisville, Kentucky since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Science in Divinity from LaSalle University and Masters work from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Pacific School of Religion.  With 17 years of relationship with the IKC, Jim has served in the past on the New Church Start Committee; and most recently he has served on the IKC Board of Directors, as Vice-Moderator. Jim also served as the Moderator of the Kentuckiana Association, and he also has had multiple years on Committee on Ministry for Kentuckiana. Jim also serves on the Annual Gathering planning committee for the Kentucky Council of Churches. 
Jim is marred to Tina Toole-Harper. Tina is the Cancer Resource Nurse for Baptist Hospital (Louisville) and she is a Certified Nurse Navigator. Jim and Tina have two daughters, Madison and Camryn. Madison is a Senior at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. Camryn is a Senior at The Academy for Individual Excellence (High School).  

Rev. Chad R. Abbott is a pastor having served churches in both the United Methodist and United Church of Christ traditions. His area of focus and research lies in the field of spirituality and spiritual practices, especially as it relates to the work of interfaith dialogue. Abbott is a contributing author to the book "The Justice Project" and is the co-editor for the book "Breaking Silence: Pastoral Approaches for Creating an Ethos of Peace."  His most recent publication from Davies Publishing Group "Sacred Habits: The Rise of the Creative Clergy" focuses upon clergy and creativity in the local church.

Chad recently finished serving St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Alexandria, Kentucky and is the current Designated Conference Minister for the Indiana Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ.  

His wife Shannon is also ordained clergy and a yoga teacher.  Together they have two children, Isa and Solomon, and a wired haired terrier mix, Zoe. Chad lives with his family in Indianapolis.


Rev. Jim Harper III 

Transitional Associate Conference Minister

Phone: 502-494-6649

Email: j.harper@ikcucc.org

As a transitional associate conference minister, Jim serves as the primary contact person for churches and authorized ministers of the Wabash Valley, Lincoln Land, Kentuckiana, and Evansville Tri-State Associations. Jim will assist churches with issues related to search and call, conflict resolution, general support and assistance.
Jim was ordained in the Baptist tradition in 1989 and was recognized as Authorized Minister in the United Church of Christ in 1999.  He served Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii and he has severed St. Stephen UCC, in Louisville, Kentucky since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Science in Divinity from LaSalle University and Masters work from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Pacific School of Religion.  With 17 years of relationship with the IKC, Jim has served in the past on the New Church Start Committee; and most recently he has served on the IKC Board of Directors, as Vice-Moderator. Jim also served as the Moderator of the Kentuckiana Association, and he also has had multiple years on Committee on Ministry for Kentuckiana. Jim also serves on the Annual Gathering planning committee for the Kentucky Council of Churches. 
Jim is marred to Tina Toole-Harper. Tina is the Cancer Resource Nurse for Baptist Hospital (Louisville) and she is a Certified Nurse Navigator. Jim and Tina have two daughters, Madison and Camryn. Madison is a Senior at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. Camryn is a Senior at The Academy for Individual Excellence (High School).  

As a transitional associate conference minister, Jim serves as the primary contact person for churches and authorized ministers of the Wabash Valley, Lincoln Land, Kentuckiana, and Evansville Tri-State Associations. Jim will assist churches with issues related to search and call, conflict resolution, general support and assistance.

Jim was ordained in the Baptist tradition in 1989, and was recognized, by the Oahu Association of the Hawaii Conference, as having Authorized Ministerial Standing in the United Church of Christ in 1999.  He served Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii as an Associate Minister for 8 years. Jim has served St. Stephen UCC, in Louisville, Kentucky since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Science in Divinity from LaSalle University and further work from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Pacific School of Religion.  With 17 years of relationship with the IKC, Jim has served in the past on the New Church Start Committee; and most recently he has served on the IKC Board of Directors, as Vice-Moderator. Jim also served as the Moderator of the Kentuckiana Association, and multiple years on Committee on Ministry for Kentuckiana. Jim also serves on the Annual Gathering planning committee for the Kentucky Council of Churches. 

Jim is marred to Tina Toole-Harper. Tina is the Cancer Resource Nurse for Baptist Hospital (Louisville) and she is a Certified Nurse Navigator. Jim and Tina have two daughters, Madison and Camryn. Madison is a Senior at the University of Louisville's Kent School of Social Work. Camryn is a Senior at The Academy for Individual Excellence (High School).   

 

Rev. Dennis Frische-Mouri

Transitional Associate Conference Minister

Phone: 317-502-0205

Email: d.frischemouri@ikcucc.org

As a transitional associate conference minister, Dennis serves as the primary contact person for churches and authorized ministers of the Southeast and Western Associations. He will assist churches with issues related to search and call, conflict resolution, general support and assistance.

Dennis has been ordained in the United Church of Christ for 40 years, serving churches in Illinois and Indiana. He has a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. and a Master of Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary. He, most recently, has served on the IKC Board of Directors and the Committee on Ministry of the Southeast Association. He is a trained intentional interim minister and currently serves as co-interim minister with his spouse, Rev. Linda Frische-Mouri at St. John’s UCC in Batesville, Ind. Both he and Linda hold ministerial partnership standing with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dennis and Linda have two grown children, son Paul who lives and works in Indianapolis and Sarah who is the pastor of Zion (Troy Ave.) UCC in Indianapolis.

 

K Scott Bowie

Rev. K. Scott Bowie.

Transitional Associate Conference Minister

Phone: 574-514-0784

Email: s.bowie@ikcucc.org

As a transitional associate conference minister, Scott serves as the primary contact person for churches and authorized ministers of the Northeast and Northwest Associations, even as he serves as pastor of St. Peter's—South Bend.

After serving United Methodist congregations in Mississippi and Texas, Scott, his wife, Carrie, and their two children, John Hunter and Kate, moved to the South Bend area in 1995 when Scott enrolled in the Master of Arts in Theology program at Notre Dame, and Carrie began work for the Sisters of the Holy Cross at St. Mary’s as the Assistant Director of Liturgy and Music. With M.A. fresh in hand, Scott began studies at the University of Chicago in the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature in 1997, where he continues to work on a dissertation on St. Paul's rhetorical use of persona in 2 Corinthians.  On the first Sunday in Lent 2011, Scott began serving the people of St. Peter's- South Bend as pastor and continues in that role today.

Scott and Carrie have two grown children, both of whom live and work in Chicago.  John Hunter, a Purdue graduate, is employed as a chemical engineer for CITGO Oil Refining in Lemont, just south of Chicago, and Kate, a graduate of Notre Dame, is a research technician engaged in breast cancer research at the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.

 


Rebecca Braganza

Conference Administrator

Phone: 317-924-1395

Email: r.braganza@ikcucc.org

Rebecca serves as the Conference Administrator for the Indiana-Kentucky Conference. Her primary responsibility is the support of the churches and clergy in the Conference.  She is the hub of the operation who resources the churches and the staff. Her expertise also includes management and analysis of the business activities of the Conference to facilitate financial decision making and planning. Her experience and knowledge make her an asset to our churches and authorized ministers in matters of contract negotiations, payroll, policies and procedures, not-for-profit filings and tax questions, budgeting, etc. Rebecca also possesses a depth of knowledge on the many benefit, investment and insurance plans provided by the UCC.

Rebecca earned her Master of Business Administration at the University of Indianapolis.

When she is not at the office, Rebecca feeds her spirit by attending and volunteering at her church. She is a wife and mother, who expresses her creativity through cooking and crafting.