John Livingston, Pastor
John has been the Pastor of the United Church of Rowayton since 1986. He began his ordained ministry on Long Island, serving the Garden City Community Church, Garden City, NY as its Youth Minister. In 1986, John and his wife, Judi, his partner in life and ministry, said “Yes!” to the United Church of Rowayton's “Call” to become its Pastor. Since then, the Church has grown and blossomed with young families, and today, more than 200 children and youth participate in its Christian education activities. Music has always been an important part of John and Judi’s life. As a result, UCR has a vibrant music program that continues to energize their life and spirit and the Church's. John is also very proud of initiating a ministry of lay pastoral caregivers to help increase the caring ministries of the Church.
John holds a Bachelor's degree in music from C.W. Post College and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. He became a member of the United Church of Christ in 1975 when he and Judi joined The Congregational Church of Manhasset, NY. John has served as the President of the Norwalk Clergy Assocation and currently serves on the Committee for Church and Ministry of the Fairfield West Association. John and Judi have three children: Kelly, who is a Naturopathic physician in Stamford; Samantha, who is a teacher at The Children’s School in Stamford; and Michael, who is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and now Assistant Football Coach at Sacred Heart University. John and Judi are the proud grandparents of Luca and Everly.
Marsha Hall, Director of Music
Marsha Hall has been active in church music since her early teens, beginning in Michigan and later in Virginia. In 1978, after moving to Connecticut, she was called to the United Church of Rowayton and has been blessed to serve there for the past 37 years. She taught in the Norwalk Public Schools for 35 years as high school choral director and is in the Academically Talented program.
She has toured as director and accompanist throughout Europe and Russia. Marsha has guest conducted regional festivals in Connecticut and accompanied All State choirs. With thanks to the dedicated musicians throughout her career, she continues to look forward to many more musical highlights yet to come.
Judi Livingston, Children’s Choir Director
Judi received a BFA in Music Education from Long Island University. She taught pre-school in NY for six years, prior to moving to Rowayton with her husband John, Pastor of the United Church of Rowayton. The mother of three and grandmother of two, Judi teaches piano to area children and sings both professionally and is a volunteer member of The United Church of Rowayton choir.
Lou Froelich, Business Manager
Lou moved from New Jersey to Rowayton in 1955. He attended Norwalk High School and worked at Rowayton Hardware. Lou married Lois Schilcher in 1964. He and Lois took over the ownership of the hardware store from Jack Harding in 1973 and ran the store until 2004. In addition to working at Rowayton Hardware, Lou was a member of the Rowayton Volunteer Fire Department and served as chief from 1982 to 1987. He was also involved with the Rowayton Civic Association during the 1970s. In 2004, Lou sold Rowayton Hardware and became the Business Manager at The United Church of Rowayton.
Lou joined our Church in 1956. In addition to being an active member of our Family of Faith he served as a Deacon and as our Financial Secretary for 25 years.
Lou and Lois have two children, Laura and Chris, and four grandchildren, Jack, Madison, Haley and Hannah.
Kris Jenkins, Office Manager
Kris has worked at The United Church of Rowayton since 2005. Kris married Frank Jenkins in 1985 and they joined The United Church of Rowayton in 1990. She served on the Board of Household Concerns and the Building Committee responsible for the expansion of the Meeting House. She has been serving on the Public Relations Committee and editing the UCR newsletter since 1992.
Kris received a B.S. in Public Relations from the School of Public Communication at Boston University.
Kris and Frank have three grown children, Walker, Danielle and Nicole.
Wayne Gamache, Maintenance Manager
Wayne Gamache has faithfully served as Sexton and overseen the property and day-to-day operations at The United Church of Rowayton for a 17 years. Before coming to UCR, Wayne worked in the service industry.
Wayne grew up in this area and was active in the Catholic Church. He made his First Communion at St. Joseph’s Church and was confirmed at St. Mary’s Church. He was very active in sports, especially baseball and football. Wayne has been married to his wife, Alice, for over 50 years. They have a son, Christopher, and a daughter, Sara, and two grandsons, Mathieu and Justin.
Wayne enjoys watching sports, collecting model trains and cars but most of all, likes to spend time with his family and grandsons.