Community Church of Sebastopol

United Church of Christ

Come and Find the Quiet Center

1000 Gravenstein Hwy North           707.823.2484

Our Pastors

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin J. Broadbent joined us on August 1, 2016 after a nation-wide search to fill our Senior Pastor position. family photo

Pastor Benjamin or “Ben” comes to us with his wife Brooke Bell and their son, Marin, and daughter, Sophia, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he had served for 17 years at The First Congregational Church. They are happy to return to Northern California – Ben grew up in Santa Cruz and Brooke is from San Jose. He and Brooke met for the first time in our Pilgrim House in 1997, at a meeting of counselors for Camp Caz!

Ben earned his Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School in 1998 and received his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 2012, writing a dissertation on Preaching as an Embodied Practice.

In addition to ministry, Ben loves playing guitar and ukulele, listening to live music, beach cruiser bicycles, craft beer, speaking Spanish and traveling. We are excited to have him and his family join our church family for a new chapter in our journey together at the Community Church.

Pastor Ben can be reached at 707.823.2484 ext. 102 or by email:

Rev. Rachel Knuth, Associate Minister to Children and Families

Rev. Rachel Knuth is here Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings and Sunday mornings during worship as she presents the Children's Message during worship. Under Rachel's tutelage, our Sunday school teachers work with the youngest members of our church families with Bible stories and projects appropriate for their age groups. Rachel was ordained and called as our Minister to Children and Families in August of 2015. Rachel and her husband, Nathan, live in Sebastopol with their four children.