First United Church of Christ of Northfield to Install Senior Minister on Oct. 7


The Rev. Todd Smith Lippert will officially be installed as senior minister at First United Church of Christ of Northfield during a special installation service at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the church, 300 Union St.

The public is invited to the service, which will be led by Dr. Karen Smith, conference minister for the United Church of Christ in Minnesota, and will feature music performed by a number of the church’s choirs.

A meal hosted by the church’s Special Functions and Parish, Life and Fellowship committees will follow the service.

A native of northwestern Iowa, Smith Lippert was selected as senior minister by the First UCC congregation in February. He began serving in that capacity in May.

Since his arrival in Northfield, he has helped begin the church’s new faith formation program—called F.A.S.T (Faith and Service Together)—and has led a mission trip by the church’s senior high youth group to Chicago.

Prior to coming to First UCC, Smith Lippert served as a UCC minister in southwestern Wisconsin. First, he was minister of Plymouth Congregational UCC of Dodgeville. Then he had a joint ministry with Plymouth and Congregational UCC of Mineral Point.

Among the highlights of his ministry in Wisconsin were helping start a free clinic in Dodgeville, initiating adult education and Sunday School programs and building collaborative partnerships.

Smith Lippert has a bachelor of music degree from the University of Iowa and a master of divinity degree from the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities.

Smith Lippert says he is interested in sustainable agriculture and the local foods movement. He is an avid gardener.

He is married and has three children. His family resides in Northfield.

First UCC of Northfield conducts services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Sunday School for children ages preschool through fifth-graders, as well as for middle school and high school youths, begin at 9:30 a.m.

First UCC is an Open and Affirming congregation and a Just Peace church. All church services are open to the public.

For more information about First UCC, go to the church’s website at