Church of Christ Staff

Bridge Pastor: Rev Sam Wilde

Reverend Sam Wilde, Granby’s new bridge pastor, graduated from Concord Academy, Smith College, Yale Divinity School, The New Seminary and The Kripalu School of Yoga, then spent a decade serving populations outside of denominational faith before answering calls to serve in the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ. She’s published two novels with Bantam Books and self-published a collection of sermons. Over more than twenty years, she’s taught thousands and thousands of yoga classes, retreats and workshops, preached hundreds of sermons, and counseled people from all different faith walks. She feels her real qualifications come from a lifetime of spiritual practice, seeking, study, heartache and perseverance. She is the mother of five children and lives in Hadley where she loves to hang out with the family’s goats, hike, laugh, and garden. You can find out about all of her and her work at thesamanthawilde.com.

 

Administrative Assistant: Ginette Desrosiers

Ginette joined this church in 1997. Since that time, she has been involved in various volunteer capacities within the church. In February of 2011, she joined the staff. Her husband Dave, who is also very active in the church, is the DPW Director for Town of Granby. Ginette and Dave have two adult daughters and one son-in-law, one grandson, a German Shepherd named Avery and a granddog, a German Wirehair Pointer named Piper. Her hobbies include quilting, flower gardening, and participating in dog-related activities, and a yearning to travel. She is a member of the Gordon Setter Club of America, and the TarTan Gordon Setter Club, where she serves as Treasurer, and is a Board Member of the TarTan Gordon Setter Charitable Trust where she serves as Scholarship Coordinator.

Organist and Choir Director: Michael Sampson

Michael is excited to be a part of the community and music ministry at the Church of Christ. He works during the week as a music therapist in Springfield and Westfield with people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Michael went to school in Philadelphia, playing for churches, choirs, and music theater in the area, and came to the Pioneer Valley several years ago.  He is moved to experience God’s presence in congregational music-making, and has eclectic tastes – so be sure to tell him what music you’re connecting with lately!

Christian Education Director: Tasondra Jardine

Tasondra grew up in the Church of Christ with her family. She’s been a student, teacher and volunteer here for many years. She currently attends classes online furthering her education as well as working as a nanny and community organizer. She has received recent certifications as an Autism Specialist and in Special Needs Education. She’s passionate about making faith accessible to the children of all ages and walks of life.

Sexton: Dennis Doucette

Dennis cropDennis (The Deke) has been a member of our church since 2000. He is very involved with the church in many ways, such as supporting our current “Loaves with Love” program, and conducting informal summer worship when vacations roll around. He also gets involved with the yearly C.R.O.P. Walk and of course “The Dino Fest”. He’s Deacon Emeritus. You might say he is our ‘Go to Guy.’ He also has a personal interest in helping the homeless and wayward, and mentors some young folks in the Holyoke and Springfield communities, including his “adopted” son, Joseph. Some of his life achievements include serving in the U.S. Air Force, being a Blacksmith for New York City, and having his own D.J. company call “Vinyl Request.” He has said he can’t think of a better job than cleaning and maintaining the “House of God.”