Staff

 

Transitional Pastor:

The Reverend Rochelle A. Stackhouse

 

The Reverend Dr. Rochelle A. Stackhouse (Shelly) was born in Cleveland, Ohio the same summer as the United Church of Christ. Her academic degrees include a BA in English from Millersville State College (PA), a M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies from Drew University. Ordained in 1982, Shelly has served as settled pastor for UCC churches in Michigan, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. She has served as Interim Pastor for churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. As a professor of Worship and Preaching, she has been on the adjunct faculty at Lancaster, New Brunswick, Hartford, and Moravian Seminaries, and Yale Divinity School. Shelly is the author of one book, The Language of the Psalms in Worship, and numerous articles and book chapters. Currently, she serves as Transitional Minister at First Church of Christ (Center Church) Hartford, Connecticut. Shelly is married to Dr. P. Gavin Ferriby, University Librarian at Sacred Heart University, and they are the parents of three children, Luke, Leah and Benjamin. You may email Shelly at rstackhouse@cchartford.org

 

Director of Music/Organist:

Robert F. Gilbert

 

Robert F. Gilbert began his work at Center Church in July, 2017.  As a church musician for over 30 years, Bob has served as Director of Music/Organist at UCC churches in Wallingford, Connecticut and Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as well as serving as interim organist at Hartford's Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Prior to his work at Center Church, Bob was the Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Methodist Church in Windsor, Connecticut (2001-2017), where he directed a comprehensive music program including an adult choir (with Choral Scholars), a graded children/teen choir program of three choirs, multiple handbell choirs, a contemporary music team, and a concert series including the Annual Greater Hartford Handel's Messiah Community Sing. Bob is a native of New Jersey and a three-time winner of the American Guild of Organists Biennial Organ Competition. A resident of Windsor, Bob is also a public school administrator having worked in the Granby Public Schools for 22 years and, currently, in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  You may email Bob at rgilbert@cchartford.org

 

Warburton Director of Outreach Ministries:

Logan Singerman

Logan Singerman grew up in Wethersfield, Connecticut before attending Messiah College where he graduated with a BA in Christian Ministries. Following graduation, he completed three service terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Hartford, the community he has come to love and now calls home. During his first two years, he served at Hands on Hartford as the Faces of Homelessness Speakers' Bureau Coordinator and then AmeriCorps VISTA Leader of the Hartford Thrive! project. His final year was spent with the City of Hartford as an AmeriCorps VISTA Leader with the North Hartford Promise Zone. You may email Logan at lsingerman@cchartford.org.

 

Acting Director of Faith Formation:

The Reverend Nada B. Sellers

 

The Rev. Nada B. Sellers is a native of Philadelphia, where she graduated from Germantown Friends School, the first of three daughters to parents Jerry and Elaine Sellers. A graduate of Yale University and Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, she entered pastoral ministry in the denominations of her family – the Mennonite and Church of the Brethren traditions - and on returning to the East Coast in 2002, has ministered with UCC congregations in North Amherst, Northampton, and Granby, MA, as well as in Granby, CT, Glastonbury, CT,  and First Congregational Church in Branford, CT, as the Designated Term Minister. Most recently, she has served as the part-time Interim Minister at First Congregational Church, Ashfield MA, where she finished in August, 2018.  She has reached her 23rd  year of ordained ministry.

She currently works as a part-time Spiritual Care Coordinator with Masonicare Hospice in Wallingford. When she’s not busy with church life, she enjoys gardening, hiking, making music, reading, coaching lacrosse, and spending time with her family (Rev. Patricia Koons and Mika, and the menagerie of furry children: 2 mini-schnauzers, 3 cats, and 2 chinchillas).  You may email Nada at nsellers@cchartford.org.

Church Administrator: Marie Ferrantino

Born and raised in Newington, Connecticut, Marie Ferrantino joined the staff of Center Church in 2000. Marie manages the Church Office, assists staff and church members with various tasks, and manages the church buildings and grounds. Marie has worked exclusively in church administration since 1982, and strives for excellence in church office procedural and technological efficiency. Marie enjoys reading, gardening, the arts, studying multifaith spirituality, and spending time with her family (partner Melissa, and a variety of permanent and foster pets.)  Marie holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Spiritual Life Center in West Hartford, Connecticut, is an active Spiritual Director, and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. You may email Marie at mferrantino@cchartford.org

Bookkeeper: Charlotte Cardone

 

Charlotte Cardone has worked as needed with Center Church since the 1990s, and also works as a freelance bookkeeper/accountant with many area churches.  We are grateful for her expertise in all financial matters.  She lives in West Hartford with her husband, Ed. 

 

You may email Charlotte at ccardone@cchartford.org

Receptionist/Office Assistant:  Monique Young

 

Born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut, Monique Young joined the staff in August, 2015.  She worked as a Program Coordinator/Facilitator for over seven years in the adult education field.  She has also served the community through outreach, always with the goal in mind of empowering people and changing their lives. Monique was blessed with her son - her pride and joy, and her rock, Khalique Brown - in 2007.  She enjoys being a mother, listening to music, singing, dancing, cooking, reading, and most of all, helping people to be their better selves. 

You may email Monique at myoung@cchartford.org

 

Sexton: Thomas St. Amant

 

Originally from Louisiana, Tom is a long-time member of Center Church and serves as Sexton both during the week and on Sundays. Tom was employed by Cigna before retiring several years ago.  He and his wife, Sally, live in Hartford, and are frequent babysitters for their two granddaughters, Violet and Olive, who live with their son, Brendan St. Amant and daughter-in-law, Shirley Hwang, in the Boston area.