Meet our Ministers

Rev. William S. Trump, Jr.

Senior Minister

Rev. William S Trump, Jr. is our Settled Minister and is involved in the leadership of all areas in the church’s life. Bill is a native Milwaukeean and is a life-long Congregationalist having grown up at North Shore Congregational Church in Fox Point, Wisconsin. A graduate of Nicolet high school, Bill attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and earned his degree in Psychology in 1977. After graduation from UW - Eau Claire, Bill attended Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York where he received his Master of Divinity degree in 1983. He also completed his studies with the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies, a division of the Congregational Christian Churches that supports seminary students. In 1983, Bill was called to be the minister of a church in the tiny farm community of Vermontville, Michigan. Then in 1987, he was called to serve a church in Burlington, Iowa where he remained until 1995. That year Trump was called to be the Senior Minister at the Congregational Church of the Chimes in Sherman Oaks, California. He spent the next seventeen years serving that church in the heart of the Los Angeles San Fernando Valley. Following an extensive search process the First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa called Bill to serve our congregation.

Rev. Trump has served on the Board of Directors of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies and on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches [NACCC]. During his ministry, Bill has served in many different community and church organizations including the Retired Senior Volunteer program, food pantry boards, and other local and state clergy associations. He is the father of two adult children who also live in Wisconsin.

Rev. Barry W. Szymanski, J.D.

Minister of Pastoral Care

Rev. Barry W. Szymanski, J.D. is the Minister of Pastoral Care, but serves in all roles as a pastor with sacraments, preaching, workshops, retreats, counseling and visiting our church members. Pastor Barry graduated with honors from seminary in 2006 with an emphasis in scriptural studies. He is a second career minister having graduated in 1973 from Marquette University Law School. He is a member of the Congregational Retreat Society, the Wisconsin Congregational Association, and the International Congregational Fellowship. He has served the NACCC on the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the NACCC Personnel and Administration Committee; he also served on the NACCC Search Committee for the Executive Director. He has served on the NACCC’s Division for Ministry, and is a past president of the Wisconsin Ministers Association. Pastor Barry completed the Congregational History and Polity Seminar at the Center of Congregational Leadership, and also made the British Congregational Tour in England. He presented ‘Organizational Change and Employee/Volunteer Discipline, Correction and Termination in a Church’ at both the 2011 NACCC Annual Meeting & Conference in Scottsdale, and later at the Center for Congregational Leadership at Olivet College. Pastor Barry authors monthly articles for The Columns, the monthly publication of First Congregational Church of Wauwatosa. In 2012 and 2016, he preached at the Minister’s Classical Retreats. He has contributed photographs, and authored articles, for The Congregationalist magazine. He was also the sole photographer for a published image book: A Congregationalist's Journey Photographs of Sacred and Secular England.

As a minister, he continues to be a guest preacher at other Congregational churches, and has led retreats and Bible studies on a variety of topics. Up until his ordination he served as a sworn police officer [detective rank] [part-time] for both state and local police departments, and also worked for a federal law enforcement agency.  He was also active in martial arts and taught arrest and self-defense to police recruits and at law enforcement in-service, university and mall security, and post 9-1-1, to United Airlines personnel. Pastor Barry believes that the blessings of all of his prior life experiences with a wide variety of individuals in many different life settings have combined to give him an awareness of God’s grace and our need to help each other.  He believes that the task of today’s pastor is to bring dynamism to our faith, and that he can add what he has learned in his legal profession: which is that a preacher is to win a verdict for God.

Barry and his wife, Sue, are the parents of one daughter, Sarah. Sarah, and her husband, Dave, have blessed Barry and Sue with two grandchildren, Eddie and Opal. He graduated from Clinical Pastoral Education, having served at Elmbrook Hospital, and also having had additional chaplaincy training at Children's Hospital. His primary ongoing passion, since grade school, has been photography. Barry finds that photography is another way of looking at people and realizes God's glory.

 

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