Rev. Jennifer M. Gingras, Senior Pastor
203-268-9327, ext. 11
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 has Bachelor of Arts in Religious Education at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. She has 23 years of experience in Youth Ministry and 9 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 colleagues likes to say that she has Faith Formation in her DNA. She also has a strong connection to our friends on the Cheyenne River Reservation, where she volunteered with Simply Smiles over 5 work trips. She has also served the CT Conference UCC in a variety of settings.
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.
Melissa Rosenberg, Administrative Assistant
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
Will'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.