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Boards, Committees, & Ministry Teams

The Congregational Church of New Canaan is entirely self-governed. Church Officers, Deacons, Trustees and members of Standing Committees are elected by the congregation at our Annual Meeting each March.

Church Officers

Clerk: Lisa Platt – 2023
Treasurer: Danita Ostling – 2023
Assistant Treasurer: Dirk Dunlap – 2022
General Counsel: Sally Hagerty – 2023

Board of Deacons

A twelve-member Board of Deacons, together with the Senior Minister, leads the spiritual life of the church.

The current Deacons are:
Class of 2022: Jeanne Fredericks, Twee Heffner, Tom Muller, Andrew Parkin
Class of 2023: Hoyt Davidson (Chair), David Haddad, Twee Haffner, Martha Palmer, and Nancy Upton
Class of 2024: Sara Bakker, Steve Case, Susanna Nichols, Doug Simpson

Board of Trustees

Business affairs are managed by a twelve-member Board of Trustees.

The current Trustees are:
Class of 2022: John Burges, David Carlson (chair), Steve Palmer, Julia Portale
Class of 2023: Stephanie Radman, Rick Selvala, Julie Tedford, and Eileen Thomas
Class of 2024: John Stichter, Steve Busby, Chris Baker, Anne Worcester

Other Committees and Ministry Teams

Standing Committees include: Nominating and Governance, Leadership, Investment, Personnel, and Missions and Social Action.

Nominating and Governance Committee Members

Class of 2022: Donna Reinman
Class of 2023: Rob Mallozzi, Tia Whinery
Class of 2024: Paul Foley, Barb Clayton*

Leadership Committee Members

Senior Minister: Rev. Stephen Chapin Garner
Trustees: David Carlson
Deacons: Hoyt Davidson
Nominating & Governance: Barb Clayton
Personnel: Lonnie deMarco
Director of Operation: Marianne Perry

Investment Committee

Class of 2022: Nick deMarco
Class of 2023: John Sheffield
Class of 2024: John Fusek (Chair), Rick Selvala

Personnel Committee Members

Class of 2022: David Carlson, Lonnie deMarco (Chair)
Class of 2024: Diane Bailey

Missions and Social Action Committee Members

Class of 2022: Will Flynn Marianne Toldalagi (Chair)
Class of 2023: Susan Garofoli, Tom Robey, Larry Serven
Class of 2024: Janis Hennessy, Laura Herman, Frank Lyons

Ministry Teams and other Small Groups

Ministry Teams, made up of Church member volunteers, support our ministers and program staff as needed. Members are encouraged to seek out and join the team or teams that are most relevant to them and their own spiritual journey. They may move in and out of teams as their time and interests dictate. Click here to view a list of our ministry teams; choose “serve” under “group type” and click Search.

Ministry Teams and other Small Groups

Buildings & Grounds, Jeff Hemmings
Card Ministry, Stephanie Radman
Children & Family Ministries, Caroline Leather
Children’s Music and Drama, Jody Davis
Christian Formation Fellowship (Adult – Men’s and Women’s), Laurel Carr
Flower Ministry Team, Juliet Howe
Maasai, Marianna Kilbride
Men’s Small Groups, Steve Case
Middle School Ministries, Erik Burns
Missions & Outreach Steering Team (MOST), Marianna Kilbride
Music, Jody Davis
Pastoral Care Leadership Team, Rev. Kibbie Laird
Leadership Team
Pastoral Ministries, Rev. Kibbie Laird
Prayer Chain, BJ Flagg
Prayer Shawl Ministry, Twee Haffner & Troy Elliott
Stephen Ministries, Beth Baker
Welcoming/New Members, Amy Sheffield
Women’s Small Groups, Marianna Kilbride
Youth Group, Kelly Antonoson

Interested in Joining a Team?

To learn more about our various ministry teams, please contact Laurel Carr  or feel free to call the Church Office at (203) 966-2651.

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