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Katrina Manzi

Katrina Manzi was called to be our minister in November of 2017. She’s a Connecticut native, having grown up in Killingworth. She holds a Master or Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Rochester. Prior to coming to MCC, Katrina served the Congregational Church of North Stonington as their summer pastor while their minister was away on sabbatical. During seminary, she interned at the Monroe Congregational Church and the First Congregational Church of Cheshire. She also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Norwalk Hospital. In her spare time, Katrina enjoys reading, archery, board games, learning more American history, and cheering on the Red Sox.


Jeanine Bonaventure
Office Administrator

Jeanine Bonaventure is a Middlebury native and has been a part of the Church since she was baptized as a baby and a member since she was confirmed in eighth grade. She attended New England Aeronautical Institute in Nashua, New Hampshire and Metropolitan State College in Denver, Colorado majoring in Aviation Administration and served in the US Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller for 4 years. She has been in the secretarial/administrative field for almost 40 years, 20 of which have been at MCC. She shares a home in Middlebury with Paul, her husband of 32 years, son Brendan, two wonderful cats, a very soft chinchilla & a leopard gecko.  Her daughter Jessie is a graduate of Fordham University Lincoln Center with a degree in Theater Scenic Design and is living and working in Scenic Design in New York City.

Donna and David Obarowski
Co-Ministers of Music

Valerie Beard
Christian Education Coordinator

Valerie Beard has been a member of the Middlebury Congregational Church since 2001, when she moved to Connecticut with her family. She graduated magna cum laude from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with certification in teaching Elementary and Special Education.  Valerie resides in Southbury with her husband Len and sons Kyle, Alex and Ryan.  In her spare time she enjoys baking, playing soccer, skiing, and spending time with her family.

Diane Barnard
Assistant Treasurer & Bookkeeper

Howie Gay

Howie Gay has been a sexton for MCC since 1999. He has faithfully worked on Sundays since then and at other times the Church has needed him. He currently is enjoying retirement with his wife and dog in Watertown.

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