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Office Hours

Monday: Office Closed 

Tuesday: 9:30-3:30

Wednesday: 9:30-5:30

Thursday and Friday: 9:30-3:30

Contact Info

Plymouth Church UCC

2717 E. Hampshire St.

Milwaukee, WI 53211

(414) 964-1513 

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Our Team

Rev. Teresa Howell-Smith
Senior Pastor

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Pastor Teresa brings extensive experience in mission, Christian education, worship leadership and preaching to our congregation. She earned a Master of Divinity degree at Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, CT, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spelman College. 

Pastor Teresa has played important roles in numerous Milwaukee social service agencies and has led several United Church of Christ congregations. 

She was the site outreach director for Interfaith Older Adult Programs for many years, and also served as the director of the largest supportive housing program within Milwaukee County, at Guest House of Milwaukee. Pastor Teresa has served, supported, and advocated on behalf of disabled and older adults as well as people experiencing homelessness, AODA and mental health issues.

Her ministry has been shaped by her combined work experience, her history growing up in the Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and her volunteer work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.   

Pastor Teresa’s work and education have brought her all across the country. She is a native of Atlanta, GA, and served in Interim Associate positions at Newman Congregational in Rumford, RI, and as a chaplain at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven, CT. She was ordained by the UCC in 2007.

Pastor Teresa is mother to two school-aged children, Mackenzie Rose and Michaeldavid, and a rescue dog named Daisy.

Donna Kummer
Minister of Worship & Music, Volunteer Coordinator

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Donna Kummer has served as a musical director, accompanist and conductor for over 200 theater productions throughout the Milwaukee area. She is also the Director of the Wauwatosa Community Band and Tosa Jazz. 

As Plymouth’s Minister of Worship & Music, Donna directs Plymouth’s chancel choir and bell choir and the Plymouth Chorale community choir, and directs instrumentalists and vocalists for all of our worship services, preparing and often accompanying a mix of traditional and contemporary selections. She also leads our congregation in participatory hymns and children’s music, invites special musical guests, and books concerts and recitals at Plymouth by UWM musicians and other performers.

Donna is responsible for coordinating an extensive amount of volunteer activity at Plymouth, where members are highly engaged in not only serving our congregation, but those in need throughout the Milwaukee community. 

A longtime Milwaukee resident, Donna hails from North Dakota. She earned a J.D at Marquette University at Marquette University and practiced law for five years. She holds degrees in flute performance and German from the University of North Dakota.

In her spare time, Donna enjoys riding her bike — completing an annual multi-day ride to benefit Habitat for Humanity and creating video game content on Twitch. 

Christy Wimmer
Minister for Children

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Christy Wimmer’s role as Minister for Children is a natural fit due to her extensive experience teaching in elementary schools as well as providing and directing Christian education to children. 

Ms. Christy graduated from the University of Florida with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Elementary Education. 

Ms. Christy taught at elementary schools in Florida before traveling the country as a literacy and data specialist. She has served as Director of Tree of Life Christian Preschool and Director of Children and Family Ministries at the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. 

She enjoys teaching and inspiring children, and hopes to spark joy, curiosity and compassion through the love of God and the actions that follow.

Sandee Stadler
Office Administrator

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As Office Administrator at Plymouth, Sandee ensures the success of day-to-day functions at Plymouth and our church office. When you call or email Plymouth, you will most likely be talking with or emailing her! 

Sandee also works with youth in our congregation as a youth group leader and confirmation leader. Her background includes 15+ years working with at-risk youth and their families.

Outside of Plymouth, Sandee works with refugees as a support worker, interpreter, and case aide. She has served on the board of Eastside Senior Services and MICAH and has been active in interfaith actions such as Get Out the Vote and Rolling Thunder.

Sandee earned a BA in International Relations at UW-MIlwaukee and a Master of Arts in Language, Literature and Translation at Cardinal Stritch University. She also earned certificates in Urban Ministry, TESOL, and Paralegal Studies.

Sandee enjoys dancing, running, swimming, and cooking.

Larry Wheelock
Artist in Residence

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Larry Wheelock is an accomplished organist, pianist, and composer. At Plymouth, he most often plays our beautiful and impressive organ, featuring 33 ranks, 31 speaking-stops, and 2 percussions. His compositions are sometimes featured in our worship services. 

Born in Indiana, Larry has been passionate about music since the age of five. He took on his first role as a church organist at age 14. 

Larry has served as Minister of Music at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Philadelphia and as Director of Music Ministries at Kenwood United Methodist Church in Milwaukee. He is also currently Artist-in-Residence at Immanuel UCC in West Bend.