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
The Rev. Lynne Stauffer Kramer began her ministry at Round Hill Community Church in 1992, and recently returned as Pastoral Associate. She has also served as Associate Minister at Second Congregational Church in Greenwich, chaplain at Stamford Hospital, and retreat leader for various churches. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, ordained in 1993 in the United Church of Christ, and currently a doctoral candidate at Hartford Seminary, her responsibilities include Pastoral Care and Christian Education.
"I am thrilled to be returning to Round Hill, where the worship services are joyful, intimate, and thought-provoking. It is a church that respects its past while at the same time develops new and innovative programs to serve its congregation. Whether in the pulpit or in the pew, I feel a sense of anticipation and excitement about the Sunday service every single week, and I feel extremely blessed for the opportunity to be a part of this warm and enthusiastic congregation. Whether I am participating with children, visiting the elderly, or preaching the Good News of the gospel to adults, the transformative power of love is always present. I cannot imagine doing anything more gratifying than ministry."
Lynne was born and raised in Ohio, where as a teenager she served on the steering committee for the United Church of Christ Youth Conference. Prior to entering the ministry, she had a twenty-year career in media, holding positions in book and newspaper publishing, audience research, and program marketing. In 1981 she was one of seven women named "Future Leaders in American Business" by Industry Week magazine. In 2009 she addressed the Parliament of the World Religions in Melbourne, Australia, on the subject of "Training Religious Leaders."
Lynne has lived in Greenwich for nearly 30 years and has one son.
Eugene Sirotkine, Interim Music Director
Eugene Sirotkine, is a St. Petersburg-born conductor who debuted with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg in 1989. He was assistant conductor and chorus master with The New York Metropolitan Opera from 1999 until 2008. He is now in his 15th year as conductor and musical director of the Hudson Valley Singers.
The Round Hill Youth Choir rehearsals will be held on Thursdays from 6:00 to 6:45 p.m. beginning February 20 at Round Hill Community Church.
Connie Blunden, Church School Coordinator
Connie Blunden is Director of Global Initiatives at Greenwich Academy. This program is an innovative learning initiative, seeking to encourage students to discover and develop their passions through real life experiences. Prior to this, Connie served for ten years as the Community Service Coordinator and Director of the Greenwich Academy Talent Enrichment summer program. She teaches World Cultures and an elective entitled Social Justice.
At RHCC Connie serves as Church School Coordinator. Her primary responsibilities are to manage the Church School curriculum and staff. She also enjoys being involved with the life of the church and working with our families to create a strong and caring community for our young members. Connie currently serves on the Board of the Akanksha Fund in New York City, and on the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools Commission for Professional Development.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Connie moved to Greenwich in 1994 after completing her Masters Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University.
Lynda Kinney, Church Administrator
Ron Wilson, III, Finance and Community House Manager
Stephen Dunleavy, Sexton
John Novak, Community House Supervisor
Christopher Kabala, Minister of Music
Christopher is on Sabbatical through December 31, 2014.
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.
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