Pastor & Staff

Pastor – Rev. Zachary Mabe

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Education and Background
B.A. (Major in Religion & Philosophy) – Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) – May, 2000
M.Div. (General Ministerial Study)- Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT) – May, 2003
Ordained June 8, 2003  at home church – 1st Reformed UCC (Lexington, NC)
Pastor (part-time), Pilgrim Congregational Church (New Haven, CT) –  September, 2003 to June, 2005
S.T.M. (Focus in Liturgy & Homiletics)- Yale Divinity School –  May, 2005

Originally from North Carolina, Rev. Zack came to our church in August of 2005.  In addition to enjoying time at church and time with his wife, Melissa, and two sons, Joshua and Connor, Zack also enjoys currently working toward a Doctor of Ministry degree at Hartford Seminary. Zack believes in the love of God in Jesus Christ, the power of prayer, and the gift of laughter.

Christian Education Director – Jennifer Zalaski, A.C.E.

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Ms. Jennifer has been with our congregation since 2002.  A native of Terryville, Ms. Jen has and continues to be active both at church and in the community, for example recently having served on our town’s Board of Education.  Ms. Jen has an Associates in Christian Education from our Connecticut Conference, United Church of Christ.  In addition to church, Ms. Jen enjoys time with her husband, John, and two sons, Jonathan and Justin.

Director of Music – Matthew Miskin

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Matthew Miskin started as our Music Director on January 1, 2016.  Matthew grew up in our congregation, gifting us with his skills in music, particularly classical guitar.  Matthew graduated from Terryville High School and went on to graduate with a Bachelors Degree from The Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford), with a concentration in classical guitar.  Matthew was accepted into Hartt’s Masters program, and currently is taking a break from school to work with us as well as to pursue other musical ventures.  In addition to working with us, Matthew gives music lessons through the Bristol Music Center in Bristol, CT.  Matthew plays a variety of instruments and enjoys just about anything musical!

Church Secretary – Sue Kiszka

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Sue has been with our church since 2011 and brings a wealth of experience, having previously served in High School administrative positions for over 30 years.  In addition to enjoying time at church, Sue enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.