Pastoral Staff

Charles (Chuck) and Roberta (Bobbie) Morkin were called to serve as a Pastoral Team in 2007. Highlights of their time include the vote of the congregation to become “Open and Affirming” in 2013, the creation of the biennial “Awakenings” study conference at the church, the stablishment of monthly community meals and family film nights, the hosting of field education students, and the welcoming of many new members and friends of the congregation.

Chuck’s Doctor of Ministry project at the Vancouver School of Theology examined the semiotics of church architecture when viewed by passers-by.

Bobbie is our church organist and music director, and is pursuing a Masters degree in organ performance at Hunter College in NYC.

Lance Humphrey was called as a part time Associate Pastor in 2016, having experienced our congregation as its Field Education Student while studying at Andover Newton Theological School. He works with outreach to the community and shares leadership of worship services.

Lance is also a leader of two outdoor ministries: Cathedral in the Night in Northampton, and Cathedral in the Light in Greenfield. In his day job, the is the owner and president of Holden Humphrey Company in Chicopee.

Sharon Midyette is a seminarian at Andover Newton Theological School and comes to UCCH as a field education student for the 2016-2017 school year. Prior to entering seminary, she worked many years as a paralegal and was active in her own church in Enfield, Connecticut. During her time wiht us, she plans to engage in outreach activities and learn from the whole life of the church.

Support Staff

Mike Riffenburg is our Building Manager and knows more about the facility than anyone else. He oversees maintenance issues, keeps the infrastructure sound, and prepares the facility for events that happen here and at the Robinson Center. He also meets with individuals and groups interested in using the facility for various events or meetings.

Mike has a great sense for safety for all who enter and a passion for the well-being of the whole church.

Andrea Mancini is our Church Secretary in charge of all the workings of record-keeping, managing many of the print an digital publications that are needed, handling phone calls, ordering supplies, and offering a friendly face to all who visit weekdays between 10 am and 2 pm.

Joe Karnolisz is our Sexton and sees to it that the floors and bathrooms throughout the church are spotless. In his part-time work, he is happy to help out with other tasks as they come along.

Joe speaks using American Sign Language, and listens by reading lips.

Program Staff

Donald Hooton is the director of our Bell Choir and Intergenerational Choir. He is also a guest organist when Bobbie is away. He is a Past Dean of the Springfield Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Wendy Karnolisz leads the Signs of Praise choir on special services. She is also a school teacher, a mentor to young baton twirlers, and a former world champion in that discipline.