Rev. Dr. Linda D. Even was born and raised in Levittown, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia. She earned a BS in Biology/Chemistry and an MBA at The Pennsylvania State University. In 1992, she graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, with a Master of Divinity, and later earned a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Prior to accepting a call at the United Church of Fayetteville in August 2007, Dr. Even served as Associate Pastor for congregations in Bay City, MI and Cincinnati, OH.
Director of Music Ministries
Jared Shepard has been a church musician since 2002, working in churches in Albany and Syracuse, New York, as organist, accompanist and choir director. His positions in a diverse range of faith communities, have given him experience and interest in church music, ranging from plainchant and early polyphony to the great English choral traditions and contemporary expressions of musical worship and prayer.
Jared’s study of piano took place at the pre-collegiate and undergraduate level with Herbert Chatzky of the Hartt School of Music, and Findlay Cockrell at the University at Albany; both pupils of noted Juilliard teacher Irwin Freundlich. Jared has also participated recently in Colloquia of Sacred Music in Salt Lake City, Utah and Indianapolis, Indiana where he studied performance practice in plainchant, polyphonic choral conducting and organ improvisation. Currently he is studying organ with Dr. Anne Laver at Syracuse University Setnor School of Music and Music History and Culture in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jared grew up in the foothills of the Adirondacks, in Hudson Falls, New York. He now lives in Chittenango with his wife, Elizabeth, a teacher at Bolivar Road Elementary School and their son, Henry, who was born in June, 2015.
Heather Conroe joined the UCF staff in 2016. She began her professional career after graduating with an Associate’s Degree in business and worked as an Administrative Assistant in various fields.
She then went on to earn her BS in Childhood Education from SUNY Cortland and her MS in Special Education from SUNY Albany. She is a NYS certified teacher who has enjoyed working in both rural and urban settings. She loves spending time with her family and friends and taking trips to the Adirondacks. Originally from Albany, NY she now resides in Westvale with her husband, Jim, daughter, Lily, and twins, Abigail and Andrew.