We Welcome these New Members
Kristen Carter - Kristen became a Christian in October 2015 when she was baptized in the waters of Lake Superior at Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Born and raised in Tennessee, she moved to Milwaukee in 1993 and is a proud Midwesterner with a Southern accent. Following a career in marketing and public relations, Kristen work part-time in retail sales and also does portrait photography. A stage-4 cancer thriver, Kristen loves to eat well and travel often. She lives in Fox Point with her two rescue cats, Basho and Rumi. Kristen appreciates the warm welcome she has already received at Plymouth.
Jean Downie - Jean was born of Methodist missionary parents (mother was English and music teacher, dad was an MD) in Fuzian, China, but raised in Nanping, China. When China closed in 1949, mom and dad were reassigned to Mussoorie, India. She attended Woodstock International School, where she graduated in 1952. Jean went to McMurray College in Jacksonville, IL, and nursing school in Chicago. She worked as an OB nurse for 4 years at the Chicago Maternity Center; and 2.5 years in Sarawak, Malaysia, and Hong Kong as a public health RN. She became a certified Nurse Mid-wife in 1970 and worked at Cook County Hospital in Chicago for 7 years before moving to Milwaukee in 1979. Jean has been attending Kenwood United Methodist Church until late summer of 2016, and Plymouth since then. She enjoys walking, knitting, and attending classical music concerts.
Paul Hunter and Sophie Kramer - Sophie is a physician, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and neighbor. Born in Colorado to parents who are immigrants from Hungary, she grew up in Kenya, Saskatchewan, and Alabama. She’s lived in Milwaukee since 1996. Joining Plymouth UCC is a further step in a faith journey with previous steps in the Unitarian and Catholic faiths. Sophie is on the board of the Fondy Food Center and encourages all to enjoy the bounty of locally grown food.
Paul’s roots go deep into Milwaukee and he has contributed to stabilizing the population by luring Sophie here and raising 3 children in Whitefish Bay. Paul teaches medical students and provides medical consultation for the City of Milwaukee Health Department when he is not bird-watching in Lake Park.
Michael and Diana Johnstone - Michael and Diana have been married 9 years and live in Washington Heights neighborhood with their 3 kids - Sonja, Elsa, and Quintin. Sonja and Elsa attend Highland Community School. Michael and Diana both work in social services in the community.
Jenny Kehl - Jenny is the Endowed Chair for Water Policy at the School of Freshwater Sciences at UWM. She teaches sustainable development with a focus on the politics of economic development, foreign investment in natural resource extraction, water-food-energy nexus, water rights, water governance, and environmental stewardship. Jenny is grateful to have a close family, including her daughter Emily Joy, parents Tim and Rita, sister Heather and brother-in-law Dan. Jenny enjoys the great Milwaukee parks, the beautiful change of seasons, and the company of family and friends.
Barbara Rawling - Barbara and her husband, Michael, have two children. Erin’s husband is an Assistant Professor (Fellow) at Vanderbilt in Nashville. They are parents to Jacob and Andrew. Kyle is a data manager at Vanderbilt. Barbara enjoys knitting and, after teaching in MPS for 36 years) now tutors at a Milwaukee Charter School.
Orchard Utzinger - Orchard was raise Missouri Synod Lutheran, was a Methodist for 42 years, and now is happy to be joining Plymouth UCC. She and her husband, Mike, have 2 grown daughters and 2 grandchildren who live out of state. She is a retired children’s librarian who keeps busy traveling to Arlington Heights, Illinois, at least once a week to visit her mother and developmentally disabled sister who live in an assisted living apartment there. Hobbies include reading, gardening, baking, and studying Italian.
Carolyn Zeidler - Carolyn and her husband have been married 46+ years. They are both retired teachers. They have two adult children - a son who does handyman type jobs and a daughter, an actuary, who is married and has three teenage daughters. Some of her interests are gardening, needlework of various kinds, and music. Carolyn is the contact person for Loops of Love Shawl Ministry that meets here at Plymouth once a month.
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