Rev. David J. Wood
David began serving as the Senior Minister of GUC in July, 2009. Prior to GUC, he served congregations in Maine, Paris (France), Kentucky, and Connecticut. He studied theology and ministry at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminar and Yale Divinity School and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches, USA. Being born and raised in Australia gives him an accent that he swears is not a hangover from his years in Maine and from living around Boston. He loves to read, always intends to write more than he does. Movie going is one of his favorite past times. David also serves as a consultant to the John Templeton Foundation–assisting in the development of programs that stimulate a more intelligent and interesting engagement between science and faith in the life of congregations in North American and around the world. He is married to Jennifer, his partner in life and ministry. They have three children–all post-college and gainfully employed.
Colin began serving as the Assistant Minister of GUC in August, 2016. He has also served as the Director of Youth Ministry for LaSalle Street Church in Chicago, IL and as an Associate Minister for a rural church in North Carolina. Colin studied theology and history at Trinity Christian College and Duke Divinity School and is seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ. He is passionate about helping people have a deep and rooted faith in Jesus Christ through authentic community, meaningful habits of spiritual disciplines, & serving the marginalized. He enjoys reading theology, watching sports, listening to music, playing board games and Ultimate Frisbee, riding his bike, and spending time with his family and friends. He is married to Molly, who is a social worker RUSH University Medical Center.
A.J. is an active performer, conductor and educator throughout the Chicagoland area. Prior to joining the GUC worship team, he held music positions at First Presbyterian Church in Lake Forest and Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton. He earned his B.M.E. from Illinois Wesleyan University, after which he taught K-12 music for four years at public schools in Cicero, Waukegan, and Winnetka before beginning graduate studies in choral conducting at Northwestern University, where he earned an M.M. He is currently Director of Choirs at Beloit College in Wisconsin, where he also teaches private voice.
A.J. lives in Logan Square, where he enjoys making music with friends, seeing plays, reading voraciously and going on adventures.
Dr. Hyea-Young Cho
Hyea Young Cho (her first name is pronounced Hey Young) is a native of Seoul Korea where she began playing the piano for worship services at the age of 13. She earned a Bachelor degree from Sung Sim University, where she majored in Classical Piano Performance and, subsequently, earned a Master of Church Music and Organ Performance degree at Concordia University. Hyea Young also holds a doctoral degree in organ performance from Northwestern University’s School of Music.
Jennifer T. Wood
Director of Children’s Ministries and Communication
Jennifer began serving as the Director of Children’s Ministries and Communication at GUC in 2010. Prior to serving at GUC Jennifer was an art teacher and has worked in a variety of educational setting teaching art and working with children of all ages and learning styles. Jennifer has a degree in visual art and enjoys the challenges of creating and engaging her creative side in all her work…especially with children.