Rev. Dr. Trish Towle Greeves

Trish Greeves was ordained a United Church of Christ pastor in 1989 after many years as a lay leader and teacher at Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna, Virginia.

Trish enjoyed a sixteen-year pastorate with Union Congregational UCC, Elk River, Minnesota from 1990 to 2006. She received the Murdale Leysath Award For Outstanding Woman Clergy, Minnesota Conference, in 2001. Prior to the pastorate in Elk River, Trish filled several interim positions at churches in Minnesota and Virginia. After leaving Elk River, Trish served a four-month sabbatical interim at First Congregational UCC in Minneapolis during the fall and winter of 2006-07.

Trish recently (December 2013) retired after seven years as Contextual Studies Coordinator and adjunct instructor for church life and leadership with United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. She served as an instructor for the Leadership Development for Ministry (LDM) Program co-sponsored by the Minnesota Conference, UCC and the Minnesota Valleys Presbytery of the PCUSA from 2007 to 2011 and as co-leader of the Multiple Paths Pastoral Formation training sponsored by the UCC Northern Plains Conference from 2010-2012.

Trish is the author of Prophetic Faith: Preparing Your Church to Advocate Social Justice, an adult study published in 2010 by Logos Productions. She has co-authored seven Kerygma Bible Study Leader’s Guides. An article based on her doctoral thesis, “Examining Pastoral Transitions With Regard to the Interactions among Former Pastors, Successor Pastors and Churches: What Contributes to Shared Satisfaction and Success?” was published in Alban Institute’s Congregations in December 2013.

Trish majored in political science at Duke University (1963). She received her Masters of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary (1988) and her Doctor of Ministry degree with Distinction from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (2013).

Trish believes it is a great privilege to minister in the midst of God’s people with all their struggles and joys. She also believes it is an impossible calling unless it is spiritually grounded and practiced in love, along with healthy participation in the sacrament of holy laughter. Trish is grateful to be the mother of two adult children and three exceptional, above average grandchildren.