Rev. David Figliuzzi
David Figliuzzi is a native of Connecticut and a recent graduate of Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree. Ministry is a second career for David. Feeling the call to ministry, David stepped out of his corporate career in 2019 to pursue ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ. He brings to ministry his experience from roles such as Global Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Corporate Foundation Director.
He has served in various settings, including a leadership role in the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ, Sabbatical Pastor at Westfield Congregational Church, Resident Seminarian at First Church of Christ Congregational in Suffield, and has previously held various positions at his home church.
David enjoys spending time in the Adirondacks and on Cape Cod, cooking for friends, and doesn't consider the day begun until the daily crosswords (and Wordle) are completed. He also enjoys acting, singing, and playing the piano, and especially loves exploring his Italian heritage in travel, food, and language. He lives in West Suffield, Connecticut with his husband, Rob.
“I am excited about the power of the gospel to build vibrant and inclusive communities which work together to transform our neighborhoods and our world. You are invited to experience our vibrant worship and radically inclusive welcome!”
Julie has served churches as a music director/minister of music in various capacities for more than 20 years, seeking out positions in the various parts of the country in which she has lived (New York, Michigan, and Minnesota). She and her family moved to Connecticut in 2017, where she was the Director of Music at First Church UCC in Granby before beginning at RHCC in 2021. In addition to her music ministry, Julie is the Director of Choirs at Choate Rosemary Hall, where she teaches Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus, in addition to other music electives. She started her teaching career as a public school music teacher, working at both the elementary and secondary levels for 11 years before transitioning to higher education where, as a professor of music education, she helped to prepare the next generation of music teachers. Originally from Rochester, New York, Julie received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from Ithaca College and her PhD in Music Education and Choral Conducting from Michigan State University.
Julie lives in Wallingford with her husband, Jordan, an elementary classroom teacher with the Hartford Public Schools, and their two children, Oliver and Kit. When not making or teaching music, Julie loves reading, traveling, and cheering on her beloved Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees, and Michigan State Spartans. She loves being a part of the RHCC community!