Staff & Officers

The Rev. Ruth LeBar

Interim Senior Pastor

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Ruth was baptized, confirmed, ordained and married in Spring Glen Church. She is delighted that she can now serve Spring Glen as its interim bridge minister. Ruth received her BA and Waldorf Early Childhood Education Certificate from Mercy College of Detroit. She taught kindergarten in the Waldorf school system for fourteen years in Massachusetts and Vermont.

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The Rev. Clare Robert

Associate Minister

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Clare was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island and attended Kirkland College in Clinton, New York. In 1973, as a young Roman Catholic woman, she felt a call to priesthood and began theologically studies with the Jesuits in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She finished her Master of Divinity degree in 1978 at Interfaith Metropolitan Theological Education, an experimental seminary in Washington D.C. This degree was later accredited by Lancaster Theological Seminary. In 2001, she was granted the degree of Master of Sacred Theology from Yale University Divinity School.

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Laurie Bleickardt

Acting Christian Education Coordinator

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Laurie Bleickardt joined the staff in May 2014 as our acting Christian education coordinator. Laurie has been an active member of the Spring Glen Church since 1999, having served as a Sunday school teacher, chair of the Hospitality committee, and in recent years both as a Deacon and one of our Lay Caregivers.

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Terese Gemme

Organist and Choir Director

Terese Gemme, a native of Massachusetts, received a Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music and Music Education, magna cum laude, from Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from The Boston Conservatory. She was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1994 from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. She has studied piano with Maureen Egan, organ and harpsichord with Stephen Long, Phillip Steinhaus, James David Christie and Donald Sutherland, and conducting with Allan Lannom, Frederick Prausnitz, James Jordan and Constantina Tsoulainou.

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Melissa Parnoff

Office Manager

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(Bio and photo coming soon)

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Ed Ercolano


Ed has been in the custodial business for 32 years, and as you can see he has been keeping our church in tip-top shape. Ed lives in Hamden, is married and has two children, Lauren and Joseph, and two dogs and two cats. Ed enjoys fishing in his spare time.

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Officers & Committee Chairs

Moderator: Amy Lynn
Treasurer: Doug Hawthorne
Clerk: Judy Offutt
Senior Deacon: Dave Myers
Senior Trustee: Ron Offutt
Community Activities: Carolyn Paul
Benevolence: Bernadette Welsh
Christian Action: Carolyn Cary
Christian Education: Debra Tangarone
Delegates: Richard Davis/Rita McCleary
House:  Dave Giblin/Roger Johnson
Music:  Amanda Cecala
Nominating:  Alice White
Hospitality and Special Events: Pam Brownell
Memorial Services Reception Coordinator: Mary Cameron
Helping Hands (Meals and Rides) Coordinator: Ellen Schowalter 
Fellowship: Debby Jagielow
Stewardship: Jennifer Heath

Spring Glen Church webmaster: Nick Appleby

For a full list of board and committee members, click here