Rev. Dr. Geordie Campbell
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What do kayaks, bicycles, a small dog and cameras all have in common? Our Senior Pastor, Geordie Campbell, loves to spend time with them! They are high on the list of the things that matter most in his life.
The core values that guide Geordie’s vocation form around words like benevolence, goodness, trust, mystery, gratitude and community. Geordie has a deep love for the church, having grown up with both his father and grandfather having been ordained ministers. He enjoys teaching and the art of spiritual guidance. He loves the relational life of being a pastor and the challenges of building communities of Christian engagement. He loves to preach and blends narrative and story in expressing Biblical truth in the midst of daily life. And his vision for the church, even in these current times of change, is one of hopefulness and optimism.
Geordie was called to First Church in 2004. His educational credits include earning his Bachelor of Arts from Susquehanna University in Pennsylvania (1975), his Master of Divinity, cum laude, from Andover Newton Theological School (1980), and his Doctor of Ministry, with distinction, from Hartford Seminary (1991).
Geordie married Pamela Lewis Campbell in 1977. Pam is a Marriage and Family Therapist as well as a Registered Nurse. The Campbell’s have two grown children: Karen and her partner Meredith, and Tim. The Campbell family also includes, Yofee, their delightful Shih Tzu puppy whose name is Hebrew for wonderful.
Director of Children and Family Ministries
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Lauren spent nine years as a Sunday School teacher and three years as a Christian Education board member at the First Church in Windsor. Lauren is a Windsor native and a graduate of the Loomis Chaffee School. She loves spending her free time with a good book and her “adorable and universally cherished” rabbit, Theodore. When she runs out of things to read, you are apt to find her outdoors running, ice skating or simply hiking in the woods. Vocationally, she aspires one day to become an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ with a special focus on ministry to children and youth.
Rev. Susan Izard
Minister of Spiritual Life
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Susan was educated at Yale University, Candler School of Theology, Emory University and the Spiritual Life Center. She is the co-author of the award winning book Knitting into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry and numerous articles on spiritual topics. An amateur photographer, Susan loves to photograph interesting images of nature and compose haiku to express the spiritual experience conveyed in the picture. She enjoys long walks and hikes, playing golf, gardening and spending time with her husband, three adult children and extended family, including her two dachshunds.
Susan is a contemplative, compassionate listener who brings a creative approach to her ministry.
Director of Music
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He graduated as a music teacher from Central Connecticut State College, taught public school music in the Winchester Public School system, was rehearsal pianist for the Nutmeg Ballet Company, and toured professionally with the top 40 band, Countdown.
More recently, he is a founding member of Gaudeamus, a Grammy award winning chorus based in Torrington, CT. With this group, he’s had the good fortune to perform at Ozawa Hall at Tangelwood, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City with noted musicians such as Pete Seeger, the Paul Winter Consort, and Paul Halley. He’s also directed or played in numerous Broadway musical productions, including Godspell, and A Chorus Line. Throughout his entire music life, he’s been involved with church music as an organist and choir director, at churches in Burlington, CT, Winsted, CT, and his current post, the First Church of Christ, Congregational, in West Hartford, CT. Jim brings all of these varied interests and experiences together in his approach to music, preferring to perform works in as authentic a style as possible, but with something special and unique with each performance.
It’s hard to believe, but music is Jim’s part time profession, as his full time position is Configuration Manager at MassMutual in Springfield, MA. Jim resides in Canton with his very understanding wife, Kathi, and two sons: Jeffrey, who is studying music composition, and Keith, who is studying drama. A third son, Michael, a doctoral candidate of mathematics at UMASS, Amherst, is married and resides in West Hartford.
Youth Ensemble Director