Staff Members at Urbandale UCC
- Intentional Interim Pastor: Rev. Coqui Conkey
- Ministry Program Coordinator: Rev. Amy Galarowicz
- Music Program Director: Steven Linn
- Organist/SOS Choir/Youth & Adult Handbells Director: Bobby Stinnett, M.M.
- Communication and Office Coordinator: Abby Sinclair
- Custodians: Sadmir & Umihana Omerhodzic
Rev. Coqui Conkey
Intentional Interim Pastor
Rev. Coqui Conkey grew up in Colorado and made Minnesota home for most her adult life. If the United Church of Christ was just a little bit older, she could say she has been part of the UCC her entire life. She graduated from Colorado College and taught middle school reading in Colorado and Nebraska. Marriage took her to Minnesota. She worked in administration, mostly health care administration, until she followed God’s call to seminary. She graduated from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in 2002 and followed that with interim ministry training through the Intentional Ministry Network and the Clergy Leadership Institute. She has served as interim minister in churches in Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York.
Pastor Coqui comes to Urbandale with her spouse, Judith Youngman, and their dog, Rouge. Between them, they have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Pastor Coqui looks forward to opportunities to walk or bike trails, explore State Parks, and discover the treasures of the Des Moines area.
Rev. Amy Galarowicz
Ministry Program Coordinator
Rev. Amy Galarowicz is a Kentucky native but calls the Midwest her home. She was born and raised in the UCC and has been active in various levels of church leadership. Amy graduated from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, where she majored in Spanish and Sociology. She went on to Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, where she received her Masters of Divinity in 2006. Amy also completed her chaplain residency program at Methodist, Lutheran and Blank hospitals and became a hospice chaplain in 2007 when she also began her work at Urbandale UCC. She continues to work with UnityPoint at Home in Hospice.
Amy recently married Vicky Galarowicz and gained two more sons, Jude (14) and Grey (8) in addition to her son, Sam (13). They enjoy spending time outdoors, fishing and traveling. In her off time, she enjoys traveling, making memories with her family, instructing kickboxing at a local gym and spending time with friends and family.
Music Program Director
Organist/SOS Choir/Youth & Adult Handbells Director
Bobby Stinnett, M.M., joined the staff in September 1997. He received his bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas. He earned his masters’s degree in Organ Performance with a Church Music Certificate from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Bobby has been playing the piano and organ for various denominations for over 25 years. As a public school music specialist, he brings many teaching skills to the graded choir program here at Urbandale UCC. He directs the Children and Youth choirs which he began. The choirs have grown immensely from the original nine members. Besides his church involvement, Bobby is the music specialist at George Washington Carver Community School in Des Moines, and serves as organist at Temple B’Nai Jeshurun in Des Moines. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Communication and Office Coordinator
We welcomed Abby to our staff in September, 2022. Email: email@example.com
Sadmir & Umihana Omerhodzic
Sadmir & Umihana Omerhodzic came to the United States from Bosnia back in 1997. Sadmir & Umihana are married and they have two boys, Dino and Damir. Sadmir likes to play sports with his kids, soccer especially, basketball, and fishing. Sadmir’s favorite food is everything; he likes enjoying all kinds of foods from different countries. He likes music and enjoys watching family movies. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org