Our Staff

Rev. Christopher Richards

Interim Minister

Rev. Richards grew up in St. Johns, MI and was ordained in 1982 following his graduation from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and completing the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies program of the NACCC. Chris has served churches predominantly in southeastern Michigan. Prior to coming to North Church to share as interim, Rev. Chris served as interim with the First Congregational Church of Gaylord, First Congregational Church of Clarkston, Pine Hill Congregational and First Congregational Church of Portland, MI.

Chris previously served as Moderator of the Michigan Conference of Congregational Christian Churches and Moderator of the Southeastern Michigan Association of Congregational Churches. He is thankful for the people of North and other churches that came together in 2007 to respond to the Katrina disaster, a mission that brought together many committed volunteers over twelve years.

He and his wife Marth live near Holly, along with their dog Beckham. Chris rediscovered oil painting during the pandemic and continues to paint mainly landscapes. He appreciates the opportunity to talk about the spiritual implications/formation in co-creating with God!

Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Biedron (Retired)

Senior Minister

Mary (Mimi) Biedron retired in 2023 after serving North Church for twenty-five years. She was installed as Senior Minister of North Congregational Church in February 2011, after serving as Associate Minister of North Church since 1998. Mimi and her husband, Glenn, have three adult daughters. She is a  graduate of the  Methodist Theological School in Ohio (Master of Divinity – 1999, Doctor of Ministry – 2015), and the University of Michigan (BA 1975). She has served as president of the Southeast Michigan Congregational Clergy and moderator of the Southeastern Michigan Association of Congregational Churches. She also served as Historian for the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, and board member of the Congregational Library and Archives.  Mimi was the long-time Coordinator of the Farmington/Farmington Hills/West Bloomfield CROP Walk,  and is past president of the Farmington Area Interfaith Association.

Laurie Meeker

Director of Music

Director of Music since December of 2003, Laurie Meeker first came to North Church as soprano soloist under the direction of Dr. Harry M. Langsford. She holds a degree in vocal music with a major in education from Wayne State University and has done post degree work in vocal performance. She has studied conducting under Dr. Harry M. Langsford and Dr. Joseph Labuta at WSU as well as Dr. Jerry Blackstone and Dr. Paul Rardin at the University of Michigan.

Rev. Dr. Mark P. Jensen, Minister Emeritus (Retired)

Mark retired from North Congregational Church in October 2010, after more than 30 years of service as Senior Minister.

Mark Jensen came to North Congregational Church from Boston with his family in 1980. Community service positions have included the Farmington/Farmington Hills Community Foundation Board of Trustees, Presidency of the Farmington Area Interfaith Association and moderator of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches. Mark is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

Support Staff

Patricia Butler, Organist
Debbie SkindellOffice Manager