Celebration of Kent Siladi
Celebration of Kent Siladi
All are welcome to attend via Zoom.
Our program will include a service of release in addition to reflections and stories from Kent’s time in ministry in Southern New England.
Jean Green – Member, North Guilford Congregational Church, CT
Kent and Jean worked together at the North Guilford Congregational Church for twelve years. Jean was the office administrator.
Keith Haemellmann – Pastor, Pass-a-Grille Community Church, Florida
Keith is the Senior Minister of Pass a Grille church in St. Petersburg Florida.He was a member of the Florida Conference Board of Directors when Kent was the Florida Conference Minister.
Gordon Rankin is the Conference Minister of New Hampshire.He was chair of the CT Conference Search Committee that called Kent to the Conference Minister position in CT.
Deb Blood – Maine Conference Minister and former Connecticut Board Chair
Deb Blood has known Kent since sometime in the late 90's, when she was a parishioner of the First Congregational Church in Essex, CT and he was Regional Minister. Their connections have continued through her In Care experience and the Colombia Partnership, then serving together when Deb was Chair of the Connecticut Conference Board of Directors. Most recently their friendship and colleagueship has continued on the Council of Conference Ministers.
The Rev. Fredd Ward has served as Senior Pastor of South Congregational Church in East Hartford since June, 2017. Prior to his current role, he served as Associate Pastor for ten years at the Congregational Church of Naugatuck. His term as Moderator of the historic Connecticut Conference concluded last December. He also served in the national setting of the United Church of Christ for six years as Co-Chair of the Justice and Witness Ministries Board of Directors and as a JWM representative to the Executive Council.
Campbell Lovett – Consulting Conference Minister of the South Central Conference.
Campbell has known Kent since they were students together at Yale Divinity School in the early 1980’s.They were CT colleagues for many years - first in what used to be called the Summer Assistant Pastor’s Program (Kent in Brookfield and Campbell in West Hartford), and then in their first churches - Kent in N. Guilford and Campbell in Waterbury and New Haven. Finally, they overlapped as Conference Ministers, Kent in FL/CT and Campbell in Michigan. During their time in CT they were in a colleague group together. Their spouses and children have been friends over the years.
Ed Davis – Southern Conference Minister
Rev. Dr. Edward Davis serves as the Conference Minister of the Southern Conference, United Church of Christ which covers the State of North Carolina and the State of Virginia from Richmond to Virginia Beach. They have nearly 200 congregations and we have the largest amount of African American churches in the United Church of Christ. He has served on the Cabinet of the Council of Conference Ministers with Kent. He has had the pleasure of knowing Kent for over the past 13 years. And, he has had the privilege of traveling with Kent in the Middle East on a couple of occasions.
Regional Conference Minister
Historic Connecticut Conf 8 yrs
Known Kent in various capacities 20+ years
The Rev. Dr. Jim Antal - Retired Massachusetts Conference Minister.
Jim and Kent have known each other for about 14 years, ever since they both began serving as Conference Ministers. They quickly formed a relationship as friends and as trusted colleagues, serving together for a decade on the Executive Committee of the Council of Conference Ministers. Once Kent was called as Conference Minister of Connecticut, they worked closely with others to create the Southern New England Conference.