I am currently serving as Transitional Senior Minister of First Congregational Church of Granby. What is a Transitional Senior Minister? It is someone who specializes in leading congregations toward a sustainable future.
I was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I was baptized as an infant and made profession of faith as a teenager in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). I began questioning my conservative Christian upbringing when first my mom left the CRC to become an ordained minister (women were barred from ordination at the time) and my dad came out as a gay man (the CRC is not open to and affirming of LGBTQ people). This crisis of faith led to me joining the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1995. I was ordained in the UCC in 1999.
I am a graduate of Calvin College (1992, B.A. English Literature, German), University of Chicago, (1996, M.Div.) and Andover Newton Theological School (2012, D.Min.).
- Interim Ministry Network accredited Professional Transition Specialist.
- Completing training as Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation.
- Andover Newton Theological School Jonathan Edwards Society.
- Worcester Zen Temple.
- Hartford Association, United Church of Christ.
- UCC representative to the National Council of Churches Buddhist-Christian dialogue.
- Reconstructing Church: Tools for Turning Your Congregation Around, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014).
My wife and I, Rev. Nicole Grant Yonkman, have been married for 23 years. We have served congregations in the Midwest and New England. We served 12 years as co-ministers. We have two adult daughters, three house rabbits, and a black lab named Mayleen.