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Rev. Dr. Ann Michele Rogers-Brigham

Sr. Pastor

Pastor Ann

Rev. Ann Michele is a native Mississippian with deep family roots in Covington County! As an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, she served churches in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Vermont and Northern California. She served a four year term as a missionary to Thailand in the early 80s and, most recently, worked as teacher at Christian University in Thailand with Global Ministries (UCC/Disciples).

Ann Michele graduated from Mississippi College, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and completed her Doctor of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA. She completed 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Her UCC ordained ministerial standing is currently in the Southeast Conference, UCC.

Ann Michele is the proud mom of William Paul Brigham and Ann Martha Brigham and grand mom to Sierra Brigham (Paul’s daughter). Sadly, her husband of 35 years, Bill Brigham, died in 2008.

Rev. Ann Michele is delighted to be called to be the Pastor of Safe Harbor Family Church. She hopes you feel the love and welcome of Safe Harbor Family Church, UCC and you will treasure the invitation to share your spiritual journey with this family of God’s people.

Alan Black

Music Minister

Alan

Alan has been the worship leader at Safe Harbor Family Church for the past six years, and he looks forward to serving for many more. Being involved in the music ministry for the past forty years has proved to be a most satisfying journey for him. Although he has had the privilege of singing with and playing for some of the best voices in the music industry, he has found that leading people in worship is what nourishes his spirit and takes him into realms of the heavens that very few singers and musicians have experienced. He is excited about the things happening at Safe Harbor, and he watches with anticipation to see what is next. David said in Psalm 34:1-3, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” May this be the cry of our hearts.

Rev. Dr. Shelli Poe

Theologian in Residence and Christian Education Director

Shelli

Rev. Dr. Shelli was ordained in 2007 with the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and received the privilege of call in the United Church of Christ in 2010. She served as Associate Minister at Pilgrim Congregational Church (Warren, NJ), and Campus Minister at Sojourners United Church of Christ (Charlottesville, VA) prior to her call to Safe Harbor UCC.

She holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She has taught religious studies courses at the University of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington, Mississippi Course of Study (Candler School of Theology at Emory University), Millsaps College, and Pathways Theological Education. As a scholar, she has written and edited multiple books, articles, and book chapters in modern and contemporary Christian theology. You can find out more about her scholarship on her website: shellipoe.wordpress.com.

As Safe Harbor's Theologian in Residence, Shelli teaches adult education classes, preaches and administers the sacraments, and fosters our community of theological learning. As Director of Christian Education, she oversees the Christian Education Committee's work in developing meaningful learning experiences for our children, youth, and adults. To engage with her on weekdays, please follow TIR_SafeHarborUCC on Instagram.

In her spare time, Shelli enjoys her family of five, Olympic-style weightlifting, motorcycling, and spending time outdoors.