Pastor – Rev. Zachary Mabe
Education and Background
B.A. (Major in Religion & Philosophy) – Catawba College (Salisbury, NC) – May, 2000
M.Div. (Master of Divinity)- 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. (Master of Sacred Theology, Focus in Liturgy & Homiletics)- Yale Divinity School – May, 2005
Originally from North Carolina, Rev. Zack moved to Connecticut in August 2000 to attend Yale Divinity School. After graduation, Rev. Zack came to our church in August of 2005. Previous to graduation from Divinity School, Zack also served congregations in North Carolina (working as a youth director at Peace UCC in Greensboro during his college years), Connecticut (serving as a supply preacher at South Lyme Union Chapel in Old Lyme, CT), and Massachusetts (working as a summer pastor in Mt. Washington, MA during his Divinity School years). Zack is married to Melissa and they have two boys, Joshua & Connor. Zack believes in the love of God in Jesus Christ, the power of prayer, the wonder of music, and the gift of laughter. Zack is also currently working on completing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Hartford Seminary.
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 – Tracy Fitzpatrick
In January of 2020, we welcomed Tracy Fitzpatrick as our new church secretary. Picture and Bio coming soon!
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