Congratulations to Reverend Ron Meyer who celebrated the 40th anniversary of his ordination on June 18, 2017 at the Simi Valley UCC in Simi Valley, California.
Reverend Ron's first church was the First Congregational Church of Santa Barbara, California. As the associate minister he created the largest youth group (at the time) in the Southern California Conference.
Ron's second church was the Church of the Foothills in Santa Ana California. There he led the creation of the first dually aligned Church of the UCC and the Disciples Of Christ.
Ron then served Parkway UCC in Minneapolis MN. During the 18 years he was at Parkway, the church was computerized, the basement was remodeled, cell towers were added, the church became Open and Affirming with the conference's first "super majority" vote. The church became integrated and endowed. The social hall was carpeted. The Sunday school rooms and
Ron then served The Congregational Church of Rochester, Minnesota, where he helped raise $25,000 to establish a bell choir and helped save Pilgrim Point Camp. While there, the church had a surplus budget and its membership grew 10%. Reverend Ron was fortunate to be asked to conduct the memorial service for a grandson of one of the original Mayo Doctors.
Since then Ron has served 3 interim positions. The first in Welcome Minnesota, the second in Santa Barbara California, where he help put solar panels on the church building and repair a roof that had been leaky ever since he was there as an associate and now currently in Simi Valley California. This church has now grown by nearly 10% and together they have explored the casual and informal worship style of "Cafe Church".
Congratulations, Reverend Ron Meyer, on 40 years of ministry!