About Craig Jan-McMahon

Angler on many levels.


Dear Friends,

With gratitude for our time together, I offer my resignation as your Pastor to accept a call to serve as Pastor of Windsor UCC, just 10 miles north of Madison.  

This decision did not come easily.  When I came to serve as your Interim Pastor in 2014, I intended to stay with you for a brief time, but then it was such a joy to be with you, and we found our footing together and made good progress.  Though I would love to be with you in the coming years as the congregation blossoms and grows, the birth of two grandbabies helps me to see that the time has come for me to make a change.

I came to this decision before this pandemic began and have been encouraged by the response of our congregation in these difficult times.  FCCLive has been a lifeline, and our congregation has shown strength and resilience during this crisis.  Because of your faithfulness, our congregation is sure to thrive in the future. We have found new ways to stay connected and to support one another through this hard time. I am confident we will discover new ways to say our goodbyes, too.  

Our last Sunday together will be May 31st.  Rev. Kathy Lawes, our Illinois Conference Association Minister, will be with us in worship to conduct a service of parting.  

As we prepare to say our goodbyes, we can trust hope and new life will emerge, and the same Spirit who called us together nearly 6 years ago will lead us to new life in the years to come.

Always Yours in Christ,
Pr. Craig Jan-McMahon

Gratia non tollit naturam

Gratia non tollit naturam” said Thomas Aquinas: Grace does not abolish nature.

Salvation does not change human nature but allows us to accept our own failings and treat the failings of others with grace.  We are not prideful because we believe that we do not know and cannot see how we ourselves are driven by human nature toward serving our own good at the expense of others; we are instead humble, looking for opportunities to sacrifice ourselves for the good of others as repentance for the harm we have done, knowingly and unknowingly.

Grace liberates us to accept ourselves and others and thus to live courageous, honest, open lives–with no reason to pretend, in no position to judge.