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Pastor

Cheryl P. Anderson

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(860) 868-0569, Extension 11

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The Rev. Cheryl P. Anderson has been Pastor of the First Congregational Church (UCC) of Washington since 1997.  She is a second-career minister, completing her Master of Divinity degree at Andover Newton Theological School in 1996.  She earned her Bachelor’s in History Museum Education from the University Without Walls at Skidmore College, and has done graduate work in Elementary Education at the College of Saint Rose.  Cheryl worked for 18 years at Hancock Shaker Village, near Pittsfield, Massachusetts.   Shaker music, cooking, and textiles are areas that she has researched and written about.  She has been a folk-singer, spinner and weaver, open-hearth cook, contra-dance caller, choir director, and bell choir director.  She loves to sail and to row her Vermont Pack Boat early in the morning on beautiful lakes.






Moderator

Patricia Grinnell

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Trish is our current Moderator and presides at all meetings of the Church Council and of the Congregation.  She has a lot of responsibilities regarding the governance of this church - too numerous to list!  This is a volunteer position with a term of 3 years.






Vice Moderator/ Stewardship Chair

Tony Vengrove

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Tony is our Vice-Moderator and Stewardship chair on the Church Council.  He serves as backup for the Moderator's duties and also is responsible for managing financial stewardship of this congregation, and in particular the annual stewardship campaign.  This is a volunteer position with a term of 3 years.






Treasurer

Michelle Gorra

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Michelle is the chief financial officer of the Church, and ex-officio member of the finance committee.  She sits on the Church Council, providing periodic reports and details to the Council and congregation regarding financial activity and oversees the Bookkeeper.  The Treasurer is a volunteer position.






Bookkeeper

Kathleen Sauvageau

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Kathleen is the person you would contact for any day-to-day transactional questions such as contributions, expenses, reimbursements, payroll, etc.






Senior Deacon

Dave Werkhoven

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Dave is our Senior Deacon and oversees and coordinates the responsibilities of the Diaconate for worship, hospitality, and pastoral care.  He or a designee on the Diaconate serves as emergency backup for the Pastor when she or he is away.  This position sits on the Church Council and is a volunteer position with a term of 3 years.






Chair, Trustees

Lee Parson

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Sexton

Al Trowbridge

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Director of Christian Education

Carrie Loyd

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Find out more about our Christian Education programs on the Christian Education Page.






Youth Group Leaders

Emelie and Mike Burl

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  Find out more about our Youth Group on the Christian Education Page.






Chair, Missions

Jim Esslinger

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Chair, Music

Alecia Evans

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Organist/ Choir Director

Jesse Ofgang

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Chair, Personnel

John Lintner

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Administrative Assistant

Karen Esslinger

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(860) 868-0569, Extension 10






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