Meet the Staff

The Rev. Brian Burke was ordained as a United Church of Christ minister in 2004. Prior to seminary, he was a high school band director, restaurant manager, wholesale sales representative, and general manager of a retail and wholesale firm. During these jobs, he also was heavily involved in church music, directing four handbell choirs at First Congregational UCC in Elyria and teaching and conducting handbells on a local, regional and national level. While serving as Director of Music in Elyria, he felt the call to ordained ministry and received his Masters of Divinity from Eden Seminary in St. Louis.  He spent twelve years as the pastor of First Congregational UCC in Wellington. When he ended his ministry there, he made the intentional decision to focus his future ministry on interim ministries. He spent four months as the second interim minister at St. Peter’s UCC in Amherst and currently serves as the interim minister at Amherst Congregational UCC.  He serves the wider church as a member of the Western Reserve Association’s Committee on Ministry including three years as its chair, as a Grandparent-Grandchild Camp Director for the Outdoor Ministries summer camp program, and as a voting delegate to the past three UCC General Synods in Tampa, Long Beach and Cleveland. He serves on the Board of Trustees and its Quality Committee at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, and is a member and past president of the Wellington Kiwanis.  He has been married to Carol since 1975. They have two children (Amy in Pickerington OH and Gary in Dallas), six grandchildren plus one bonus grandchild (ask him about the joys of adoption!), and two granddogs.

Brett and Melissa Thompson serve as ACUCC's Youth Directors who oversee our Sunday School, Youth Group and Vacation Bible School programs.  Brett and Melissa work to share love, peace and kindness in all that they do.  Their favorite time of year is Christmas where they enjoy wonderful family traditions that share God's love.  Together with their two boys, the couple loves to travel, play soccer, family movie nights sand they enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Everyday, Brett and Melissa try to follow this simple yet motivational bible verse: "Love one another deeply.  Honor others more than yourselves." Romans 12:10.

Missy Timko is the Office Manager at ACUCC.  After graduating from Mount Union College, she went to work for a shopping center development company and a financial institution in their marketing departments.  Missy is also the former owner of 5 Corners Bed & Breakfast in Amherst where she operated that business for nearly eight years.  Missy and her husband have two children. She enjoys traveling with friends and family and loves spending time near the ocean.  In her free time, Missy enjoys reading, crafting, shopping and walking her dog.  Missy is a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Lorain.  She has also served on the Board of Directors of Main Street Amherst, Visit Lorain County and Leadership Lorain County.

Sandy Lambright has served at the Choir Director and Organist for ACUCC for 30 years.  Over the years, she has learned to praise God for His goodness, love and caring nature.  She knows God will never leave you or forsake you.  She thanks God daily for being able to walk!  Sandie enjoys waking each morning to feed the birds, rabbits and chipmunks found in her Amherst Township yard.  She is thankful for her wonderful children and her favorite family tradition is spending time with them on their boat or over a wonderful meal.  Sandie also enjoys spending time with her church family.