Pastor: Daniel J. Lundquist
Dan received his BA (Phi Beta Kappa) in History and Religion from Hamline University in 1985. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree in 1989. During his seminary years, he worked in numerous halfway houses, was a chaplain in Trenton State Prison and developed a spirituality group on “Original Blessing”. Following his ordination in the United Church of Christ in 2000, Dan served as Interim Minister in two churches: Rutherford Congregational Church (Rutherford, NJ) and the Community Church of Cedar Grove (Cedar Grove, NJ). Recently, he was one of the facilitators for the Lilly Foundation and Princeton Seminary’s project on “Sabbath Renewal”.
Following seminary, Dan obtained his MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work in 1990 and then his LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) credential in 1994. He has held numerous mental health positions: mental health specialist and mental health clinician on the psychiatric inpatient and emergency services units respectively at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ -University Behavioral Healthcare (UMDNJ-UBHC-Piscataway, NJ). He developed the Family Guidance Center’s intensive outpatient drug and alcohol program (Hamilton, NJ) for both the adult and adolescent populations, along with forming groups for psychiatric medication patients, ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics) and men’s support. He formed drug education programs with community organizers in the inner city of Trenton along with programming parenting classes with DYFS. He has made presentations to various organizations, including “Spirituality and Parenting” classes to areas churches, “the DSM” and the “Meaning of Help” to CONTACT of Mercer County, “Parenting and Peers” to the area YWCA, “Clergy Boundaries” to various Presbyterian Presbytery functions, along with speaking on various topics at UCC Association meetings. For three years he was the chairperson for the New Jersey Association’s (NJA) Church and Ministry Commission. He recently served on the Religion Ad Hoc committee for the Hopewell School System. Since 1994, he has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in the area.
Dan is married to Mary Kate. They live with their children in Hopewell.
Music coordinator: Shelly Tapp
Shelly is an accomplished musician, and serves as the director of music at Grace.
Grace UCC Church Council
Mike Sisco – Moderator
Christine O’Brien – Vice Moderator
Chris Syltevik – Secretary
Bill Taylor – Treasurer
Jeanne Taylor – Financial Secretary