Rev. Jennifer M. Gingras, Senior Pastor

Jenn203-268-9327, ext. 11

jenn@mcc-ucc.org

Office hours: M-Thurs 9-3:30

 

Pastor Jenn grew up in Madison, Connecticut and attended the North Madison Congregational Church, UCC. She spent much of her youth at Silver Lake Conference Center, which is still her spiritual home-away-from-home. After a 12 year career in sports marketing, she followed a call to ordained ministry. Jenn attended Hartford Seminary and then Yale Divinity School while working full time and attending to the needs of her family. As an in-care student, she served the Trumbull Congregational Church, UCC as Director of Christian Education and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at Norwalk Hospital in the oncology and emergency departments. Jenn earned her Masters of Divinity at Yale in 2007 and was called to serve the Monroe Congregational Church, UCC. After almost five years of service as the Associate Pastor, Jenn was called by unanimous vote in the fall of 2011 to be the church's 50th Senior Pastor. She is the first woman to serve in that role in their 250 year history.

 

Pastor Jenn's passions in ministry include prophetic preaching, emerging church, serving God through mission and outreach, outdoor ministry and crisis response. She loves to lead a multi-generational church, and is a (self-described) tech nerd. She has served the wider church as a member of the board of directors of Silver Lake Conference Center and is currently on the Fairfield East Association's Committee on Church and Ministry. Pastor Jenn is the current President of the Monroe Clergy Association and is active in the Bridgeport Council of Churches and a member of A.D.A.M. (Alcohol & Drug Awareness of Monroe).

 

Her personal interests include playing the violin, viola, guitar, drums and ukelele (enough to get by and have fun), gardening, playing with her rescue dogs Andrei and Bennie and creating art. She goes to Maine every chance she gets, and fell in love with Israel/Palestine while on sabattical. Jenn lives in the church's 200 year old parsonage with her loves: husband Clark, teenage son Zack and daughter Cady who is usually away at college.

 

Debi Mastroni-Kenyon, Director of Faith Formation

 

                                                                                                                                            

debi

203-268-9327, ext. 12

Office hours: Sunday 9am-1pm and Wednesday 1pm-6pm

  

Debi has a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education from The Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. She has 25 years of experience in Youth Ministry and 11 years of experience in Faith Formation for all ages. Debi has a true passion and love for Faith Formation and service which reaches across the generations. One of her colleagies has said that she has Faith Formation in her DNA! When she is not serving MCC, you can find her serving the people of the Lakota Tribe on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation with Simply Smiles. She has also served the CT Conference in a variety of settings as well as other groups in New England. She lives in Milford with her husband, Wayne, and they have  one adult daughter. In her spare time she likes to cook, garden, spoil her cat, Holly, volunteer at the Simply Smiles Office, and sing with the New Haven Chorale.

 

Debi is a Member in Discernment of this church and the Fairfield East Assiociation.

 

Melissa Rosenberg, Administrative Assistant

Melissa203-268-9327

secretary@mcc-ucc.org

Office hours: M-F 8:30-4:30

 

Melissa grew up in Yonkers, NY. Before coming to work at the Monroe Congregational Church, she was an office administrator at Good Directions, a copper weathering store. Melissa is responsible for managing the office, which includes answering questions about church life, keeping track of events in the life of the church, producing our print and web communications, and many other important tasks. Melissa is currently enrolled at St. Joseph's University  where she is attending night school and pursuing a graduate degree in marriage and family therapy. She spends her free time with her extended family and her favorite nephews. She is married to James and lives in Woodbury, Connecticut.

 

Will Duchon, Music Director

WillWill's love of music began early, when at the age of seven he began taking piano lessons from Mr. Robert Canfield, a graduate of the famed Julliard school. He earned a BFA and an MFA in performing arts from SUNY Purchase (1992) and has been teaching private piano lessons since 1980. Will has also taught undergraduate classes in Music Theory and Solfege at SUNY, and has served in music ministry at the Memorial Community Church of West Harrison, NY and the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church in Pleasantville, NY. He is the father of two grown children, Matt and Lauren, and the proud grandfather of Olivia. Will is also a broadcaster for WMNR-FM Fine Arts Radio . His program airs each Friday evening from 6:00pm until 11:00pm, to the delight of choir and church members alike.

 

Will is a Member in Discernment of this church and the Fairfield East Association.

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