Christian Education

Christian Education:  preparing people to live as Christians in today’s world. 

Children learn how much God loves them and hear the stories of our faith—the stories that help us understand who we are and whose we are.



In the Leadership Club, tweens and teens are intentionally taught to take leadership roles within the faith community, as we prepare them to become leaders in the world.

Likewise, we seek to empower young adults, especially in teaching roles.  For example, the Nursery and the Preschool are led by young adults who form relationships, convey Christian faith, and foster faith development.




Comma Conversations:  gives adults the opportunity to learn & discuss matters of social justice,  personal challenge;  stimulating thinking about faith in our lives.

Parents and guardians can register their children and teens online.  Nursery, Preschool, K-6th, and Leadership Club classes are open to visitors, newbies, and regulars.

About Pastor Liz Hoban

‘Lighten up!’

Soon after her birth, in 1960, Liz Hoban was baptized at Pinckney Community Congregational. In 1961 Community Congregational joined the United Church of Christ. Liz was confirmed at Community Congregational in 1973 and comes to us from this congregation.

Liz graduated from Pinckney High School in 1978, from Michigan State University in 1982 (BA), and from the University of Michigan in 1986 (MSME). From 1984 to 2000, Liz held many exciting and fulfilling high-tech positions at Mechanical Dynamics, Inc. She left Mechanical Dynamics in 2000 to spend more time with her children and to consider a second career. Then, for several years, she volunteered in the local schools. She and her spouse had a licensed foster home for eight years (2004 to 2012).

In 2003 Liz sensed a call to pastoral ministry. In the fall of 2003, she began attending the STEM program. (STEM stands for Systematic Training for Effective Ministry.) She graduated from the STEM lay ministry program in June of 2005.

In the fall of 2005, Liz began attending the Ecumenical Theological Seminary (ETS). During the fall-winter-spring of 2008-2009, she was a pastoral intern at Webster Church in Dexter, Michigan. During the fall of 2009, she interned as a chaplain at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. She completed her seminary studies in 2011 (MDiv).  She first came to the Congregational Church of Birmingham in 2012; she was hired later that year, and was ordained here in 2017.

Liz’s family includes her spouse John, her adult son Patrick, her adult daughter Michelle, and her daughter Angelina.