Meet our Staff
Rev. Sara morse - Pastor
Hi! I’m Rev. Sara Morse and have been the pastor of this great congregation since January 2009. I was ordained in 2003 and have been blessed and humbled to hear the stories of many and engage in vital ministry over this time. I come from humble roots – growing up in rural Wisconsin on a dairy farm I have learned the value of hard work and relationship. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s of Science Degre in Medical Microbiology and Immunology. I had other career aspirations until I finally realized that God was calling me to parish ministry. Upon finally figuring out that God’s call was real, I attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and received my Masters of Divinity. I love being a pastor. I cannot imagine doing anything else because it allows me to meet individuals where they are on their journey of faith and how the church can be instrumental in creating a just, peace, open and affirming world. When I’m not hanging out at church, the community or visiting people, I like to be home with my husband, Tim and two boys, Daniel and Michael – enjoying their creativity and love. Now that you have an idea of who I am – I look forward to getting to know you. God be with you!
Julie Kovacs - administrative assistant
Hi, my name is Julie Kovacs, I’ve been with Hazel Park United Church of Christ since 2006 as the Administrative Assistant and absolutely love what I do. I have my Bachelors degree in Hospitality and Tourism from UW Stout, and worked for several years at the Radisson Blu in Downtown Minneapolis before starting a family with my wonderful husband Tim Kovacs. Today we have 3 beautiful, active , growing children – Bennet , Avery and Madeline.
I have an active interest in many outdoor activities – many of which include the kids. We are busy with school, sports and enjoying life. I’m in the office most days and look forward to meeting you!
Asako Hirabayashi - music director
Asako has been the music director since 2015. Asako has an extensive music career as a performer, composer, and arranger for 3 decades. She is a harpsichordist and composer with excellent improvisational and sight-reading skills. Her repertoire extends from Renaissance to contemporary music which includes some of her own compositions, arrangements in Japanese traditional folk music, Latin, Jazz, and pop. She has won many awards, has played at Carnegie Hall, and has been a featured guest soloist on A Prairie Home Companion. Asako believes that music is essential to nourishing our spiritual being. She applies this belief in her music ministry at this church.