Introducing the crew

Rev. Stacy Tate

Rev. Stacy Tate began her ministry with Friedens United Church of Christ-Irvington in the fall of 2005 as a student supply pastor.  She graduated with her Masters in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in May 2006 and was ordained in the PCUSA on March 11, 2007 and was installed as Friedens Solo Pastor soon thereafter. (would like to find the date but....) Stacy also serves as a chaplain for Jefferson Fire Protection District in Jefferson County, IL Stacy's undergraduate degree was a self-initiated major in Science, Religion and Philosophy drawing from her previous work in the sciences and with Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management program.  She is currently taking DMin classes at Eden.  Stacy and her husband, Mark have been married for almost 40 years.  They have one daughter, three sons, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law and 4 grandchildren. 

Associate Pastor
Tarrah Vaupel

Pastor Tarrah Vaupel is the latest addition to our ministry here at Friedens.  Tarrah comes to us with more than 10 years of ministry experience and has a special place in her heart for inclusion and belonging for veterans and people with differing/disabilities.  She received her Masters in Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in May 2020. 


Pastor Tarrah lives in Shiloh, IL with her beloved Jasen and is a mom to 5 children.

Tech Ministry
Nicholaus Luer

"Nick" has many gifts and talents that enhance our worship experiences  through technology.  He not only works tirelessly to build our worship presentations and graphics, he also manages and broadcasts our livestream worship every Sunday morning and for special services throughout the year.  Nick also extends his gits to the Illinois South Conference for special meeting presentations that include musical compilations and performance.  

Nick lives in Mt.Vernon, IL with his beloved, Jen.

Music Ministry
Janet Beckmeyer

Janet is the maestro behind and throughout our music ministry at Friedens.  The talents and gifts of music that she shares with our congregation not only enhance our worship experiences, but also allow our messages to reach and touch the hearts of parishioners through music in a way that words are unable to.