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Rev. Rochelle Michael

Director of Ministry and Pastoral Services

Rev. Rochelle Michael researches, plans, consults, implements, and monitors ministry activities and pastoral care for Trinity United Church of Christ. She is responsible for the coordination and management of daily work, supervises the performance of the pastoral staff, ensures the development of skills and talents for the pastoral staff by providing coaching, training opportunities and supports ministry partners in facilitation of ministry, programs and project activities.

Rev. Rochelle holds a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois and a Bachelors of Sociology Degree from Northeastern Illinois University.

Rev. Rochelle is a world traveler and enjoys cooking, fine dining, reading, dancing, music and movies. Her favorite scripture is Psalm 34, “I will bless the Lord at all times, God’s praises shall continually be in my mouth, my soul shall make her boast in the Lord. The humble shall hear thereof and be glad. Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt his name together.”


Rev. Mark Barclay

Associate Pastor, Men’s Ministries

Rev. Mark S. Barclay provides pastoral leadership to the Isuthu, Men’s Chorus, Men’s Fellowship, and Project Jeremiah ministries. In addition, Rev. Barclay provides marital counseling and has a passion for community outreach.

He is a graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary and holds a Bachelor in Psychology from Chicago State University. In addition, he is a graduate of Washburne Trade School where he majored in painting and decorating.

Rev. Mark is a devoted ex-Marine who loves creating “out-the-box” outreach ministry. He enjoys the concrete pulpit because it allows him to meet people where they are and love them for who they are. He is married to the love of his life, Paula, and he is a devoted father to three daughters, Alexis, Sydni, and Candace.

Rev. Mark’s hobbies include martial arts instructor, weight training, and movie buff. He is also a Taekwondo second degree black belt and Hapkido first degree black belt. His favorite scripture is John 3:16 (KJV), “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Rev. Michael D. Jacobs

Rev. Michael D. Jacobs

Associate Pastor for Youth and Children

Rev. Michael D. Jacobs serves as the Associate Pastor to the Youth and Children ministries, serving the Children’s Church, Saturday Bible School, Girl Scouts, Vacation Bible School, Junior Drill Team, Khayralla Dance, Little Warriors for Christ, Math Tutorial, Mwanabaraka Dance, Trustee, Walaika, Youth Drill Team, and Youth Usher ministries.

Rev. Jacobs received a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and he is a graduate of DeVry Institute of Technology.

Rev. Jacobs is married to Carole A. Jacobs. His favorite hobby is listening to music. Rev. Jacobs’ favorite scripture is Psalm 23 (KJV), “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”


Rev. Dr. Clyde A. White

Volunteer Associate Pastor

Rev. Dr. Clyde A. White, Volunteer Associate Pastor, holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University, a Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Chicago.

Rev. White is known for his popular Tuesday night Bible Study classes which provide students with powerful reflections and experiences in learning the scripture. He is the author of the inspirational book, Living Proverbs 3:5-6.

Rev. White is married to his beloved wife, Kathleen, and they are the parents of five children, four granddaughters, and one grandson. His favorite message is “Praise is what I do.”


Rev. Barbara Ann Heard

Volunteer Pastor

Rev. Barbara A. Heard serves as a volunteer pastor providing individual counseling, and both pre- and post-marital counseling. She is also a Bible Study class facilitator.

Rev. Heard holds a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, and attended Loyola University of Chicago, Institute for Pastoral Studies, where she participated in graduate courses in theology. She also holds a Bachelor of Education, Kindergarten-Primary Education, from Chicago State University.

Rev. Heard is the mother of one daughter, and two grandchildren. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, jazz, theater – especially dance, and fine dining.

Rev. Heard’s favorite scripture is Luke 12:38 (NRSV), “From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required.”