Rev Sonja L Ingebritsen, Pastor (she/her)

Pastor Sonja began her ministry with us in May 2022. She previously served as settled pastor of Community of Hope UCC in Madison, WI, and Church of the Good Shepherd UCC in Carbondale, IL. She has a passion for justice within and beyond the church walls. Pastor Sonja lives in Madison and commutes part-time to Platteville. She’s originally from the Pacific Northwest and did her seminary training at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. Pastor Sonja identifies as a queer, cis-gender woman. Among her favorite things: her two quirky cats; the ocean and other things nature; writing when she’s in a flow; thinking, reading, and talking about and advocating for a just world; walking, exploring, and taking photos; popcorn; creating; deep friendships that last the years; connection with extended family who live at a distance; and plenty of time to chill. She can be reached by email at pastor@uccplatt.org.

Kar Holloway, Office Manager (they/them)

Kar Holloway is originally from Preston, Iowa, raised one of ten siblings. They moved to Platteville with their husband, Joe, in 2010 after graduating from Loras College with a BA in English Literature. They had one son, Ronnie, who passed away in 2020. They have worked several years at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society and have loved being involved in the wider community. They have a great love of all animals, especially their two dogs, two snakes, one leopard gecko, and several fish. Their special vocation is in working towards a more just and equitable world for all people.

Kirstin Boneske, Music Coordinator 

Kirstin Boneske is a Wisconsinite from Kaukauna (near Appleton) and a graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in choral/general music education. She teaches 4K-12 vocal music for the Potosi School District and is married to Ed Boneske, the band director at Potosi High School. She has two cats, Al and Felix, and lives in Platteville. Kristen had the pleasure of singing in the Lawrence University Girl Choir Program throughout high school and was a member of the WI High School State Honors Choir in 2007 and 2008.  She also sang at the ACDA national choral convention in 2010 and participated in a couple of choir tours across Europe, as well as voice programs in Prague and Italy.

Nancy Fairchild, Organist (she/her)

Nancy Fairchild earned her Bachelor’s degree in music education from UW-Platteville and master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Following a 40-year music teaching career she retired in 2018 from the Platteville schools and UW-Platteville where she taught every age from kindergarten through college. Nancy’s post as organist and music minister with United Methodist Church began in 1975 and continues today. Outside of music, Nancy enjoys long bike rides, swimming, volunteering, reading, watching sunsets, spending time with her four grandchildren, and traveling the world with her best friend and husband, Dan.

Maggie Oehlke, Custodian (she/her)

Maggie Oehlke has been an RN for 30 years and currently lives in Linden. When she’s not busy caring for our two historical buildings, Maggie serves the elderly in the Platteville, Livingston, Linden, and Mineral Point communities who want to remain in their homes, but find themselves needing a little extra help to do so through her private duty nursing business. She is caring and compassionate in facilitating appointments, hospice support, and countless other tasks. In addition, she continues to volunteer for the Grant County Taskforce on Homelessness as their treasurer. In her spare time she enjoys reading, puzzles, kayaking, day tripping, traveling, and being in the kitchen.