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Staff and Leadership

Meet the Staff and volunteers who lead Copper Creek Church.

CCC Staff

Scott Keeble - Lead Pastor


Scott is the founding pastor of Copper Creek Church. He is originally from Georgia and loves his UGA Bulldogs. The Keeble family moved here from Southern California in 2007. Scott is the husband of Melissa who is also an ordained pastor working as a hospital chaplain. 

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Phil Reed

Rev. Dr. Philip J. Reed, Honorably Retired

Phil Reed was born and raised in Central Illinois. He has degrees from the University of Iowa (B.A), Princeton Theological Seminary (Masters of Divinity) and Fuller Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He has served in Presbyterian congregations Minneapolis; Topeka, KS; Champaign, IL; Grosse Ile, MI. He has also had a last-standing relationship with Omena Presbyterian Church, Omena, MI. As of June 2022, he retired as Pastor/Head of Staff of Grosse

Ile Presbyterian Church. In retirement, he was Temporary Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham, Mi.

Phil has served at all levels of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Currently, he serves on the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of Detroit. He is the former Chair. Phil is married to Marguerite, a speech pathologist and mezzo-soprano. Phil has three children, and two grandsons. Phil is an avid reader and writes book reviews for Presbyterian Outlook.

Phil and Marguerite are learning to sail through the American Sailing Institute. At this time, Phil is a rated as Level 1, Marguerite will soon be Level 2. Marguerite will be taking advanced water classes and sailing the North Channel of Lake Huron this summer. Phil has also completed Segment One of Coaching Training. Ask Phil to go for a long walk or play golf! Phil is thrilled to spend the summer at Cooper Creek Church while Scott is on sabbatical!

Chris Jacobson-Chism -Worship Director

Chris Jacobson-Chism was born and raised in Dallas Texas until moving to Champaign to serve at Copper Creek. He and his husband Thomas love traveling , being foodies, and keeping busy with their two beautiful daughters, Alyse and Alayzha. Chris is passionate about leading worship, songwriting, and most things in the creative realm.

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Kristen Plemons - Office Manager

Kristen is a Champaign-Urbana native. She and her husband Dave have been part of Copper Creek since 2015. She loves jamnin' on her planner and all things outdoors. She is also a personal trainer in her spare time.

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Melody Kane - Children's Ministry Director

Melody is originally a missionary kid from the Philippines. She and her husband Marty met at college in Michigan before heading overseas to teach. She then taught elementary in the Champaign school district for 10 years before becoming our Kid Ministry Director. She loves traveling, hanging out with her twins, curling up with a good book and board games! 

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Dave Plemons - Bookkeeper

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Jessie Clarrett - Custodian

Jimmie Myers - A/V Coordinator

Session - our board of elders.

Copper Creek Church is also led by a group of elders who are elected by the congregation. This group of elders is called our SESSION. Elders serve 3 year terms. Each year, 3 elders rotate off and 3 new elders are elected by the congregation to serve the church. These hard working and deeply caring church members are available to answer any questions you might have about the church. To get in touch with the Session, contact Dan Ryan (Clerk of Session) by clicking here.

Current session members are:

Jeff Scott, Jeff Kurtz, Alli Culp, Jackie Newman, Glenn McGrath, Eleni Moraites, Bill Bell, Matt Olson, Jayne DeLuce, and Dan Ryan (Session Clerk)