Saint Stephens Staff

The staff at Saint Stephens is a dynamic group of individuals, each committed to fulfilling God's calling, in large part through their work here at Saint Stephens. 

They also function together as an incredible team, working together to grow our church, mission, and community here in Merrill, knowing that together we can achieve more than any one of us could ever hope to achieve alone. We believe God has led each of us to be here in this time and place to do God's work. 

Along the way, we have a lot of fun! Laughter is a vital part of our workday and smiles are the norm. We are definitely blessed!

  • pastor michael southcombe

    senior minister

    Reverend Michael Southcombe is a 1995 Graduate of Eden Theological Seminary, and has served as a local church pastor for over 25 years in 2 settled pastorates and as an Intentional Interim before returning to a settled pastorate with Saint Stephens.  With 28 years experience as a chaplain while also serving churches, he has broad experience in caring for families in crisis, conflict mediation and guiding congregations through changing times.  He and his wife, Sue, have 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren and are excited to be a part of Merrill and the ministry of this active and faithful congregation.

    You can contact Rev. Southcombe via email at:

    Administrative director

    Terra Holdridge has been living in Merrill since 2011. She was born in Merrill, grew up in Tomahawk, but visited Merrill often as her dad and stepmom live in Merrill. Terra has an Associate degree in Supervisory Management, a Technical diploma in Accounting and Accelerated Certificate in Leadership from NTC. She is excited to be putting her education to use at Saint Stephens after working in the travel industry for the last 5 years. Terra is married to Nick and has two children. Her family enjoys camping, hiking, and most other outdoor activities.


    • Website
    • Financial
    • Church Database
    • Reports & Statistics
    • Payroll
    • Food for Kids Administration

    You can contact Terra via email at:



    Kimberly McCaskill is a lifelong Wisconsin resident who hails from the “Holy Land” area (St. Joe, St. Peter, St. Cloud, Mount Calvary, etc.), which is near Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where her father-in-law has been active in planting nearly half a dozen Converge Worldwide (formerly the Baptist General Conference) churches. (Journey Church in Merrill is a Converge church.)


    She has been looking for a way to serve a Christian community with the gifts and talents God has given her.  Kimberly has a heart for children and has been a dance teacher and substitute for Merrill Public Schools in her past.  She also enjoys putting her creative skills into the Sunday School program at Saint Stephens in her capacity as Administrative Assistant.


    • Administrative Support
    • Bulletin
    • Medical Ministry
    • Orders Supplies
    • Sunday School Support
    You can reach Kimberly via email at:


    ACCOMPANIST AND DIRECTOR of the chime choir


    Darlene Johnson quite simply makes beautiful music here at Saint Stephens. On the organ or the piano or directing the chime choir, she lends her talents to our music ministry. Darlene is our primary accompanist for worship services in addition to funerals, weddings, and other special occasions. When she is not playing music or giving piano lessons, she can be found relaxing at her cabin, canning, or spending time with her husband, Jim, and her children and grandchildren. 


    • Organist
    • Pianist
    • Director of Chime Choir
  • Abrielle Tiffany


    Abrielle is the new music director at Saint Stephens UCC. She grew up in Wausau, WI. She is married and has a cat and some beef cattle. Abrielle has a Bachelors Degree in music education from UW Eau Claire and has a Masters in Education and Professional Development. Prior to Saint Stephens, Abrielle worked as an accompanist at a church in Eau Claire for six years before moving back to the Wausau area. Once back in the area she taught general music at the elementary through high school levels and was the children's Sunday School music leader at a UCC Church in Wausau. She has always enjoyed being a part of church music and hopes to help grow the choir and make music enjoyable in any way she can at Saint Stephens. 


    • Choir Director
    • Music Scheduling
    You can reach Abrielle via email at:

    Facilities Manager

    "Difficult and meaningful will always bring more satisfaction than easy and meaningless." - maxime lagace

    Timothy "Tim" Ruprecht was born and raised in Merrill, Wisconsin. He brings a strong work ethic and pride in maintaining a church property, along with lots of experience working for a church and an understand of all that entails, having spent 15 years as the custodian at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church here in Merrill.

    He and his wife, Dawn, are the proud parents of two sons and two grandchildren ... one grandson and a new baby granddaughter. When he is not hanging around churches or enjoying his family, Tim enjoys oil painting and doing martial arts, which he has been doing since he was 12 years old.


    • Maintenance
    • Janitorial
    • Repairs
    • Groundskeeping
    • Supply Purchasing

    You can reach Tim via email at:

  • Kari Weiland

    Christian Education Director

    Kari was born and raised in Merrill and has been a member of Saint Stephens for 40+ years. She obtained an associate’s degree in Human Services from Madison area technical college. 


    Kari is married to Dave and has one son Korbin. Her family enjoys spending time together and being outdoors. Kari is very excited about this opportunity and looks forward to all it holds.


    • Sunday School, 
    • Messy Church, 
    • Youth Group, and
    • other Christian Education duties. 
    You can reach Kari via email at: