Meet the Clergy and Staff


We’ve been operating the last nine months or so with fill-in pastors.  We now have a new pastor, Arik Borstad, who starts on Sunday, December 3rd, 2023.  Here’s a profile of Arik.

Arik was born and raised in the UCC, and is proud of its commitment to justice and equality.  He received a degree from Elmhurst College with a major in Religious Studies, and graduated from Eden Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity.  He brings his energy and passion to the pulpit and is awestruck by the incredible work that is already being done at Ankeny UCC.  As a proud father to two wonderful boys, and as a husband to an incredible wife, Arik’s family is his greatest accomplishment and joy.  Arik feels incredibly blessed by this wonderful congregation and looks forward to an amazing future together.


We’re concluding our period of  “pulpit supply” on October 29th, with Sarah Trone-Garriott’s final Sunday.  Ankeny United Church is grateful to both Sarah and John Chaplin, who have filled in for the ten months between pastors.

John Chaplin

Sarah Trone-Garriott

Office Manager: Robin Zimmerman

Robin joined us in August, 2023. She handles our publications, office communications, and coordinates the life of the congregation. [email protected] / 515-964-4647.

Choir Director: Laura Beckwith
Do you have interest in singing a variety of styles of choral music?  Join our choir, led by Laura Beckwith!

Organist: Nancy Pingel

Nancy is in her second stint as organist here at Ankeny United Church, and keeps our voices backed and strengthened most Sundays.