Ministers and Staff
The Rev. Dr. Edward G. Horstmann, Senior Minister
Dr. Horstmann, who grew up in Bennington, Vermont, has spent the last fourteen years as the Senior Pastor at Immanuel Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Hartford. Prior to that, he spent twelve years as the Pastor at First Congregational Church in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. His education includes an S.T.M. and M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary, D.Min. from Andover Newton Theological School, and B.A. from Union College. He currently serves on the boards of Hartford Seminary, where he also has been an adjunct professor, and the South Marshall Interfaith Coalition in Hartford.
He has said that the practice of ministry is always about pointing the way for a local congregation to become fascinated by the promise Jesus made to his disciples that “greater things than I have done shall you do.” He believes that preaching and worship that engage the imagination, the heart, and the mind fuel this fascination.
At the same time, he thinks that as we endeavor to live with faith, hope, and love we should laugh and take ourselves lightly, be kind to one another, pause for prayer when our lives have run off track, and savor the beauty of creation
Of his life work, Dr. Horstmann says, “I love the ministry. I love the opportunity to think and dream and plan and act with people of faith toward a vision of enhancing life locally and globally.”
The Rev. Lynne Kramer, Pastoral Associate
Lynne Kramer has served as associate minister at Second Congregational Church in Greenwich and was also the associate minister at Round Hill from 1992 to 1998. She has also served as a chaplain at Stamford Hospital and a retreat facilitator for Second Congregational Church. Her education includes a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, Multi-media Program and the Stanford University School of Communications, and a B.A. from Chatham College. Lynne was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1993.
Her focus at Round Hill is Pastoral Care and Christian Education.
Christopher Kabala, Minister of Music
Christopher Kabala collaborates with the minister choosing music for each worship service that lifts up and deepens the message of the prayers, scriptures, and sermons. He conducts and rehearses the adult choir, gives a piano recital on a Friday evening every other year, and arranges for special music during our services and for additional concerts throughout the year. He has been at RHCC for sixteen years.
Christopher has appeared as conductor, chamber musician, and soloist with groups such as the Janus Players, the Berkshire Music Center Orchestra, Tanglewood, the North-South Consonance at Interlachen, and the Cincinnati, Detroit, and Mexico City symphonies. In New York, he has played at Columbia University, New York University, Carnegie Recital Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Internationally, he has performed as a recitalist in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Michigan.
Connie Blunden, Church School Coordinator
Connie Blunden is our Church School Coordinator. Connie is an ecumenical Christian with Episcopalian roots who has been teaching world history at Greenwich Academy for eighteen years. She is also an athletic coach at the school and is the director of student travel programs and community service.
Lynda Kinney, Church Administrator
Ron Wilson, III, Finance and Community House Manager
Stephen Dunleavy, Sexton
John Novak, Community House Supervisor
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