The History of Concordia
Reverend Claire Douglass
Welcome to Concordia UMC. I’m Pastor Claire Douglass. Prior to coming to Concordia in 2019, I served as the pastor at Our Savior’s United Methodist Church in Mondovi, WI and Gilmanton United Methodist Church in Gilmanton, WI. Previous to this, I completed my Masters of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Prescott College in Environmental Studies: Earth Science. I am a native Wisconsinite. Although I lived in several different places throughout my childhood, my family currently lives near a small town south of Madison called Albany. Yes, that makes me both a Packers and Badgers fan.
I took a long route through college and seminary living in many different places in my young adulthood including Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and New York. During seminary, I served as the Youth Director and Seminary Intern at Newtown United Methodist Church in Newtown, Pennsylvania. I also spent a summer working as a Chaplain in Glacier National Park and four summers as a staff member at Pine Lake United Methodist Camp and Retreat Center in Westfield, Wisconsin. I also served two terms in AmeriCorps working with elementary and middle school aged students. Some of my favorite hobbies include backpacking and hiking. My husband, Kory Douglass, is a deacon serving Bashford United Methodist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Together we have a golden retriever puppy named Hero.
Administrative Assistant and Youth Leader
Laila began working at Concordia UMC in 2017 as the Administrative Assistant and Youth Leader. Laila graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Special Education. Prior to working at Concordia, she taught at Sauk Prairie High School for a short time before staying home with her four children. She enjoys being outdoors, especially hiking and the beauty of trees and water, playing and coaching soccer, and spending time with her friends and family.