Matt Mardis-LeCroy

November 23, 2014, Matt Mardis-LeCroy became Senior Minister of Plymouth Church. He had served as Senior Minister-Elect since a congregational vote in October 2013. Matt has served Plymouth in various pastoral roles since 2005. Before making the move to Des Moines, he was the solo pastor of The Community Church of Little Neck on the north shore of Long Island.

An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree (in religion) from Messiah College, and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. During his time at Princeton, he received two awards for outstanding preaching and another for New Testament exegesis. In 2013 he completed his Doctor of Ministry degree (in preaching) at Chicago Theological Seminary.

As Senior Minister, Matt does minister stuff (preaching, teaching, worship leadership, pastoral care), carries administrative oversight for several of Plymouth’s ministries, and collaborates with the Director of Operations and Finance to guide the overall life of the church.

Outside of Plymouth, Matt has served as chair of Committee on Ministry for the Central Association of the Iowa Conference of the UCC, and teaches preaching through the Iowa Conference CENTER/LEARN program. He is a past chair of the Board of Directors of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, past president of the Great Neck Clergy Association and a former member of the National Steering Committee for the UCC’s 20/30 Clergy Network.

Matt is married to Mary Beth Mardis-LeCroy, an ordained Presbyterian minister who (among other things) leads the Saturday Night Band at Plymouth. They have one daughter (Ellie), one son (Wil) and one cat (Hildegard). In his spare time, Matt enjoys reading, walking and experimenting in the kitchen.

Lindsey Braun

Lindsey began her service at Plymouth Church as Minister of Discipleship in September 2016. A native Minnesotan, she grew up steeped in so many Iowa jokes that she never imagined she would serve in Iowa, let alone love it. Five years as solo pastor of Immanuel UCC in Latimer converted her, and she is now proud to call Iowa home.

A graduate of St. Olaf College and the University of Chicago Divinity School, Lindsey is interested in how music and the arts – particularly storytelling – help people make connections between life and faith.

As Minister of Discipleship, Lindsey gets to put this interest to work with the good people of Plymouth across all ages and points of their faith journey. Besides the shared everyday work of pastoring (preaching, worship leadership, and pastoral care), she gets to focus on questions of faith formation, spiritual growth, and discipleship here at Plymouth. Lindsey supports the Boards of Spiritual Growth and Christian Education and the Youth Executive Committee, supervises the Discipleship Team, and teaches through the Stepping Stones, Confirmation, and Adult Education programs.

As an alum of a Transition into Ministry residency in Chicago, Lindsey is excited about Plymouth’s commitment to the continued development of young ministers. As she makes Des Moines her home, Lindsey enjoys exploring bike trails and opportunities for live music and theatre, hanging in her hammock with a good book, stress baking, and walking her neighborhood.

Mary Kate Buchanan

Mary Kate was ordained at her home church in Hudson, Ohio in the same month that she arrived here at Plymouth to begin as the new TiM Associate Minister in June 2019. Her ordination was Plymouth filled! The Matins choir sang for her service while on tour, and Jeanette Brodersen, a former TiM, blessed her as the Associate Minister of First Congregational Church of Hudson.

Mary Kate earned her bachelor’s degree from Furman University in South Carolina then followed her call to continue her studies at Princeton Theological Seminary where she received her Master of Divinity in May 2019. While her time in the South and on the East coast were exciting adventures, Mary Kate is so glad to return to the Mid-West for the next two years!

Besides the shared everyday work of pastoring, Mary Kate is especially looking forward to diving into the creation of an older adults ministry at Plymouth. Older adults and the wisdom, stories, and laughs that they bring, are a passion of hers. Ministering to and with older adults by providing opportunities for intergenerational growth, meaningful service, fellowship, mentoring, teaching, and learning will be some of her main goals.

As she continues to explore Des Moines, Mary Kate enjoys baking, gardening on her porch, reading in the sunshine (with sunscreen!), and spending time with her fat, orange cat named Princie. While Mary Kate has many passions, her passion for frogs and the color pink are most notable!

LeAnn Stubbs

A native of California, LeAnn happily calls Iowa home. Although if she had her way, winter would last for only six weeks.

Graduating from the University of New Mexico with a degree in art education, she ended up teaching Texas History to 7th graders in a small town outside of San Antonio. When middle schoolers told her she should be a pastor, she listened and attended Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, a member school of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Her first call was to St. John’s in downtown Des Moines. She has also served as campus pastor at Grand View University and most recently was the senior pastor at St. Stephen in Urbandale.

On January 2, 2013 she began her adventure at Plymouth Church, having been called to provide leadership for Plymouth’s ministries of pastoral care and evangelism, including the Board of Membership, Plymouth Women, Stephen Ministry, Visiting Ministry, and the flower delivery team.

Several years ago, to her great surprise, she took up running and hanging out at the gym. She enjoys cooking, but not baking. Baking has too many rules. Her faithful companion is a German Shepherd named Kairos. She cannot believe her good fortune in being called to Plymouth where she has been called to care about and love folks.


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