Senior Minister Search Committee

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Eileen Thomas

Chair
Eileen has been a member of the Congregational Church of New Canaan for over 20 years. In addition to chairing the Senior Minister Search Committee, Eileen currently serves on the Youth Ministry Taskforce and is a teacher for fourth grade Sunday school. Previously, she has served on the Board of Deacons and the Music Committee.... read more

Barb Clayton

Vice Chair
Barb joined the Church, along with her husband Jim, in 1991 when they returned to New Canaan after living in London for 3 years.  Their five children – Nancy (27), Tom (25), Will (22), Henry (20) and Sally (15) – were all baptized and confirmed here. Barb began serving the Church by teaching in various... read more

Joellen Ford

Joellen has been a member of the Congregational Church of New Canaan since 2008. She currently serves as a Deacon, is a trained Stephen Minister and serves on the PMLT, CFM and Women’s Fellowship Ministry Teams.  Additional involvement in the church has been as a Sunday School teacher and a member of the Fellowship Committee.... read more

Margery Gardner

Margery has been a member of the Congregational Church of New Canaan for over 20 years. She has been singing in the choir for all of those years and has served on and chaired the Music Committee several times. She is still a member of the Music Worship Team. Margery and husband Bill Gardner (also... read more

Tony Kiniry

Mr. Tony Kiniry is Executive Director of Pivot Ministries. Tony has been a member of the New Canaan Congregational Church for 22 years where he has served as Deacon, on the Missions and Social Action Committee, Adult Bible Study leader, and Sunday School Teacher. He has served on the Pivot Board of Directors since 2000... read more

Harry Rein

Harry T. Rein is a retired partner of Foundation Medical Partners, a venture capital firm focused on early-stage healthcare venture capital companies, and was instrumental in the conception and creation of the firm.  Mr. Rein served for 15 years as the founder and managing general partner of Canaan Partners a venture capital firm and was responsible... read more

Mark Tedford

Mark Tedford is currently serving as a Trustee.  He has been a member of the church since February 2011, having moved to New Canaan from the Boston area in December 2010.  As a Trustee, Mark has been actively involved as the Stewardship Campaign Chair the last two years.  In addition, he has participated in the... read more

Tom Woodard

Tom has been a member of the Congregational Church of New Canaan since 2004.  He has served on the Adult Education Committee and has just begun his third year as a deacon. Professionally, Tom had a thirty-year career at McKinsey & Company, and has been failing at retirement since 2002.  He remains active in management... read more

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