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MCC Staff

Jim Iliff, Pastor

Jim 2aJim Iliff has been pastor of Middleton Community UCC since 2001.  Prior to that, he had served nine years in a UCC congregation in South Bend, IN.  Jim grew up in Black River Falls, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he majored in music.  

Jim found his way into the UCC while serving as choir director of a UCC congregation in the Madison area.  Feeling a call to ministry, he attended Eden Theological Seminary in the St. Louis, MO area, receiving his Master of Divinity in 1992.

In addition to serving Middleton Community Church, he is active in the community and the wider church.  Jim 2bHe is a member of the Madison South Rotary Club, which runs a brat stand across from the Field House before all home UW football games.  Their efforts raise more than $50,000 annually to support local agencies and programs, as well as Rotary’s worldwide efforts to eradicate polio.  He has also served on the board of directors of Middleton Outreach Ministry, helping that agency serve the needs of people in the Middleton and west Madison area.  He is also a regular volunteer with The Road Home (homeless ministry), The Crossing Campus Ministry, and Habitat for Humanity.  And he has made two trips to Jamaica as part of MCC’s Jamaica mission team.

Jim has been married for over 30 years to Stephanie.  Together they have three grown children.  He enjoys walking, kayaking, reading, music, home improvement projects, and genealogy.


Patrick Tenny, Faith Formation Director

Patrick Tenny has been working in youth and outdoor ministry since 2007, where he has created numerous youth and family faith formation programs for 4 different Christian Summer camps. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Ministry from Newberry College, a private Lutheran College in Newberry, South Carolina. When he is not thinking of new and fun ways to create meaningful youth and family programs he enjoys playing the guitar and kayaking Lake Monona in his free time. He is so excited to be a part of our wonderful church ministry and share his gifts and experiences with us. 


 Janet Coughlin, Director of Children’s Music

Janet CoughlinJanet Ruszala-Coughlin has been a member of Middleton Community UCC since 1997 and joins staff as our new Interim Director of Children’s Music.

Janet grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey and received her Undergraduate Degree in Music from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She completed her Master’s Degree in Music Education at UW-Madison. Janet has spent over 35 years teaching music from pre-school through university level (inner city, rural, & suburban). She just retired after 26 years as music specialist at Northside Elementary School in Middleton.

At MCC, Janet has been a member of the choir since 1997, has served a number of terms on the Boards of Deacons and Missions, and has helped lead four mission trips to Jamaica. Janet and Tim helped lead MCC’s process toward becoming an Open & Affirming church. Janet is also passionate about Fair Trade and helps to organize the fair trade sales at church.

Janet has been married to Tim for over 35 years, and together they have two children (Patrick and Kathleen), a grandchild (Danicka), a cockapoo (Murphy), and a cat (Carter). Janet’s favorite place is wherever family is. She also loves Sanibel Island for the ocean, Whistler in Canada for the Mountains, and Balsams for its peace and beauty.


Mindy Nelson-Bergman, Director of Music


Mindy Nelson-Bergman is our Director of Music. She also teaches music at Kromery Middle School in Middleton. Mindy earned her degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and was born in Manitowoc, WI.






Anne Tennies, Office Manager

Anne moved to Waunakee in late 2015 from Platteville, WI, where she was very involved at First Congregational UCC., where she served on the Council as moderator, vice moderator, and secretary, and on a variety of boards and committees.

She has Bachelor’s degrees in Communications and Spanish, and worked in several different areas before taking an extended break to stay home with her children. Anne grew up in Cottage Grove, and she’s happy to be closer to her family.

Anne has been married to Joe Tennies for 15 years.  They have two children. Chloe (9) and Adrian (6), who attend school in Waunakee.  Joe is a software engineer and works for Esterline-AVISTA in Platteville. They joined the church in May 2016 and have been enjoying the music and fellowship opportunities at MCC.

In her free time, Anne is the lead organizer for Can’t Stop the Serenity – Platteville, a charity event that raises money and awareness for Equality Now and Family Connections. (http://csts.swwi.org). She also enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and had a cake decorating business for the past 10 years.

She’s very excited to share her skills and gifts with MCC, and to get to know more of the congregation.


Barbara Brown, Pianist

Barbara BrownBarbara Brown is thrilled to have been a church musician at Middleton Community Church since September of 1985.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UW-Platteville and Master of Music degrees from UW-Madison in Piano Accompanying and Music Education.  Barbara also teaches orchestra and general music in the Mt. Horeb public schools and has a private piano studio.

When she’s not making music, Barbara enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her daughters in lovely, bucolic Mount Horeb.




Jason Tank, Building and Grounds Manager

Jason moved to Cross Plains in November of 2010. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and he has worked in many fields involving custodian and maintenance work. He grew up in Merrimac WI on a dairy farm which taught him to always work hard.

He has been married to Gina Tank for 7 years. They have four children. Mason (11), Piper (10), Aubrey (6), and Landen (4), who all attend school in Cross Plains. He joined the church in 2011 and he loves everything that MCC offers.

In his free time, he is a volunteer fire fighter for the Village of Cross Plains. He loves serving his community any way he can. He also enjoys spending time with his family.
He is very excited to share his skills with MCC and also get to know the congregation. He is also excited to help the church anyway he can and be more involved in what the church needs.




Weekly Schedule

Sunday Worship 9:30am

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Sunday School 9:45am

Sunday Coffee & Cookies Fellowship 10:30am

Church Office Hours:

Monday-Thursday 8:00am-Noon


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Service Times & Directions

Weekend Masses in English

Saturday Morning: 8:00 am

Saturday Vigil: 4:30 pm

Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:45 am,
12:30 pm, 5:30 pm

Weekend Masses In Español

Saturday Vigil: 6:15pm

Sunday: 9:00am, 7:15pm

Weekday Morning Masses

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 8:30 am

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