Three people of six who completed all the requirements for Certification for Christian Educators were recognized at Super Saturday on October 5, 2019. Pictured from left to right:
Sherry Clark, Cindy Tolin, Debbie Gline Allen, Associate for Faith Formation and Youth Ministries and Deb Raymond.
Read more about each individual and congratulations to all for their hard work to attain this accomplishment.
Sherry Clark is currently Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth, Trinity Church in Northborough, MA. She is a wife and mother to 3 children and has spent her career working with children and families of all ages. Sherry loves both the rewards and challenges of working with kids at all age levels. In her free time she enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, traveling and working with Scout troops in town. She has been with Trinity Church in Northborough for the last 2 years and has fully enjoyed becoming part of their wonderful community. Sherry believes life is meant to be an adventure!
Kelsey DeCarlo serves as the Minister of Faith Formation at First United Church of Christ, Congregational in Milford, CT. In addition to working with youth and adults in faith forming at First Church, she is a voice and acting teacher at a studio on the Connecticut shoreline. She lives in Clinton with her partner.
Sarah Fuller was baptized and raised at the Original Congregational Church of Wrentham (OCC) in Wrentham, MA, where she is now a confirmed member. She taught Sunday School at the OCC from 2010-2016, before transitioning into the role of Director of Christian Education at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Leominster, MA from 2017-2019. Because of her dedicated community service involvement through the Pilgrim Fellowship program at the OCC, the Random Smile Project organization awarded Sarah with a 2-year scholarship to Dean College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Dance and English. Sarah continues to be an active member of the Outreach Committee at the OCC, and this fall, resumed teaching Sunday school as well.
Martha Guild has served as the Director of Children's Education at Center Church, First Congregational, UCC in South Hadley, MA for three years. During the week, Martha is a middle school English teacher. She is a life-long learner and enjoys working with children on their faith formation journeys. Martha's church leadership is supported by dedicated family volunteers and Center Church’s Children and Youth Christian Education Committee. Martha holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Columbia University, both in writing and literature. She was raised in the First Church of Christ, UCC in Longmeadow, MA and is currently a member of Center Church.
Deb Raymond was on the Christian Ed committee for 3 years when the CE director resigned. She jumped at the chance to become the Christian Ed Director at UCC Burlington. She has been in this position since 2017. She also works full time as an office manager at Aero Space Fabricators. Being the director at this church is especially meaningful to her since this is the church she grew up in beginning in the late 60’s. Deb has learned many life lessons and made lifelong friends in this church. She hopes to be providing an environment for the students to create similar experiences and friendships in their own faith explorations. Deb thanks the Conference & Debbie Gline Allen for offering this CE certification program & networking to better serve the children & youth of her church & beyond.
Cindy Tolin had been raised in the Episcopal Church and also worshiped at the Lutheran Church and the UCC, when she joined the United Church of Christ, Southbury when her young family moved into the area in 2008. She quickly joined the Board of Christian Education after becoming a member and served as a volunteer in 2010 and worked for Southbury as CE Administrator until August 2019. Cindy currently serves as the Director of Faith Formation at the Congregational Church of Naugatuck. Having taught religious education for over twenty years, while also working with youth professionally in the higher education arena, the CE certification program broadened her perspective. She has learned from encouraging and insightful leaders of the UCC Southern New England conferences and looks forward to continuing to serve the church in this ministry. Cindy is grateful to the Southbury congregation for supporting her through the certification process and to the many new colleagues, friends and inspiring visionaries who continue to shape her spiritual journey.