Sharing the Ever-widening Circle of Christ's Love



Rev. Dr. Sigrid Rother has served at Westerville Community UCC since 2002. Her focus in ministry is teaching and preaching.

Sigrid received her theological education in Germany and also in England. She received a Th. M. in 1997 from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, MI, and a Doctor in Ministry in Preaching in 2003 from Chicago Theological Seminary.

A devoted mother and wife, Sigrid has been married to Thomas Cochrane since 1996. They have two children, Peter and Anna. In her free time she likes to walk, read, cook and travel.

Rev. Susan Langner

Susan Langner

Associate Pastor

Rev. Susan Langner joined our staff in July, 2021 as Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Engagement.


Susan grew up in Wheaton, IL and attended St. Matthew United Church of Christ, where she learned the value of meaningful friendships in youth group, received the unconditional care of loving adults, met her first female minister, and built the foundation of her faith. It was not until after she graduated from Denison University and spent several years working in higher education and volunteering with her church's youth program that she felt the call to join a church staff. Shortly thereafter, with the support of her husband, she answered when the Spirit nudged her toward seminary and ordained ministry. She graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio in 2019 with a Master of Divinity and was ordained in 2020.


She is passionate about her family, and about raising her son and daughter to "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God" (Micah 6:8). She believes in showing the love of God to children of all ages, reminding them they are beautiful and made in Divine image. 


Pastor Emeritus

Raised in a family that was an active part of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Genoa, Ohio, Rev. Steindam began to feel an interest in and then call to ministry at a very early age, and received much encouragement and many opportunities as he grew up. He graduated from Defiance College with a major in Philosophy and Religion and then entered the Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. While in his first year there he was called to his first church in 1973, commencing more than 40 years in ministry.

His pastoral service culminated in serving Westerville Community United Church of Christ, beginning when it was still in its early years and having the challenges and joys of being part of its growth in membership, stewardship, and most of all mission for nearly 23 years. 

Harold and his wife Jenny enjoy traveling, bird watching and mission work.

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Choir Director
Director of Church Operations
Pianist & Choir Accompanist

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