The Reverend Dr. Kelly Hough Rogers
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Kelly was ordained into the United Church of Christ in June 2007. She was Associate for Youth Ministry at the Congregational Church of New Canaan, CT from 2004 until 2009, where she grew the Youth Ministry program from 100 to 250 participants from ages 11-18.
Starting in 2011, Rev. Rogers became the Associate Minister for Children, Youth and Families at Norfield Congregational Church in Weston, CT. where she is currently concluding her work in preparation for her move to SCC. For a period of over two years, she led the congregation when Senior Minister Bernard Wilson went on sabbatical and served on the UCC’s Executive Board. Rev. Wilson has called her “the single most important factor in Norfield’s growth, health and vibrancy as a congregation.”
On December 14, 2012, she was a first responder in Newtown, CT, providing spiritual support to police and fire department personnel who were tasked with handling the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. For this effort, she received a Humanitarian Award from Kiwanis International for being a First Responder in Prayer & Action. She then went on to become Head Chaplain for the Weston CT Volunteer Fire Department.
“I am blessed to be dually called as both a Pastor and a Parent.”
Rev. Rogers currently resides in Wilton, CT with her husband Jon and their two sons Sammy and Simon, ages 6 and 9. They will be moving to Scarsdale at the end of the school year.
“I value a life-long commitment to spiritual growth and practice, individually and in community.”
Rev. Rogers completed her Doctorate of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School in May, 2018. Her project is dealing with the grief surrounding perinatal loss. She is a proud member of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the United Church of Christ and is in the class of 2025, and also serves as Dean at Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, Connecticut.
We are excited to be moving forward together with Reverend Kelly Hough Rogers on our spiritual pathway. As she notes:
“Love does not need a theology before we give it form. We must never forget who Jesus called us to be. We worship because thousands of years ago, Christ wanted his followers not only to remember him but also to recall what we communicate when we make our discipleship visible.”
The Reverend Joya Colon-Berezin
Minister of Christian Education
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Joya Colon-Berezin feels very fortunate to have found her way to SCC. Most recently she served in ministry at Middleton Community Church UCC (Middleton, WI) and Bethel Bethany UCC (Milwaukee, WI). Originally, Joya hails from New York City. She is a graduate of Oberlin College (2002) and New York Theological Seminary (2012). She has a background in faith-based community organizing, and has worked for the United Methodist Church (UMCOR) and Church World Service. Joya was ordained to ministry in the United Church of Christ in 2017. In recent years, Joya has become an avid tennis player, and fan. She and her wife Charisa Kiyo Smith, a faculty member at CUNY School of Law, have recently settled in White Plains, NY.
Music Director & Organist
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Organist and Chancel Choir Director Sandro Russo seeks to enhance worship by applying his artistic abilities to a diverse range of music and infusing that music with a high sense of poetry and style. Mr. Russo was born in Sicily and displayed exceptional musical talent from an early age. He holds performance degrees with honors from the V. Bellini Conservatory and the Royal College of Music in London. He has performed as a soloist in many renowned music venues around the world and won top prizes in numerous competitions. He was named a Steinway Artist in 2015. For a sample of Sandro’s recent concert at SCC click here, and visit his website.
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Office and Property Manager
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Jamie Nolan has been with us since 2014. She is a graduate of Smith College (2007) and an alumna of England's University of Cambridge. Jamie has a great love for animals of all kinds, as well as a lifelong passion for music. Jamie fell in love with the art of songwriting at an early age. She began playing guitar at age 12, and has written many original songs.
As both our Office and Property Manager, Jamie is a master multitasker who makes the wheels turn here at SCC.
As Congregationalists we govern ourselves. We call our clergy, set our own budget and determine all major issues affecting our corporate life. In essence, we bear the responsibility for ourselves as a Church.
For a list of the 2018-2019 Committees click here.