Nada is a native of Philadelphia, PA where she grew up in the West Mount Airy neighborhood which was originally part of a larger estate called Pelham, situated on the Western side of Germantown Avenue. She is the eldest of three daughters born to parents Jerry and Elaine Sellers, and most of her large extended family lives in south central Pennsylvania. Nada graduated from Germantown Friends School, attended Yale University where she played field hockey and lacrosse at the collegiate and national levels. After several years working as a legal assistant, she felt a call to study theology and pursued her Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She entered the pastoral ministry in the denominations of her family heritage - the Church of Brethren and Mennonite traditions - and served churches in Southern California. On returning to the East Coast in 2002, Nada pastored UCC congregations in North Amherst, Northampton and Granby, MA, as well as Granby, CT, Glastonbury and Branford. She received full standing as an ordained minister in the UCC in 2011.
More recently, Nada served as the half-time Interim Minister at First Congregational church of Ashfield, MA, finishing there in August of 2018, and has just recently completed an interim role as the Transitional Minister of Faith Formation at First Church of Christ Congregational UCC in Hartford (Center Church). In September she celebrated her 24th year of ordained ministry. Nada is passionate about the faith formation of all ages and stages within the church. Whether in vital worship that inspires and encourages; in music-making, teaching and preaching, service learning that offers ways to experience God's presence and purposes in the world - most certainly in the fun and fellowship shared as the church lives its mission of welcome. These areas of Christian community afford some of the rich experiences Nada finds deeply rewarding as a spiritual leader.
Pastor Nada is finishing her last week as part-time Spiritual Care Coordinator with Masonicare Hospice in Wallingford. She plans to stay active there in a per diem role. When she's not busy with church life or visiting with patients and families, she enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, making music, reading, coaching lacrosse, and spending time with her family. Nada is Mom to daughter, Mika, who has just entered 7th grade and is an artist, thespian, dancer, bird watcher, animal lover and an accomplished Tae Kwon Do athlete.
Welcome, Julie Hagen!
The Music Search Committee is pleased to introduce our new Music Director, Julie Hagen.
Here is some information that Julie has shared about herself:
Julie Hagen is thrilled to begin her music ministry at Rocky Hill Congregational Church! Julie has served churches in various capacities for nearly 20 years, seeking out positions in the various parts of the country in which she has lived (New York, Michigan, and Minnesota) prior to arriving in Connecticut in 2017. Most recently, she has been the Director of Music at First Church of Christ in Granby. In addition to her music ministry, Julie is an assistant professor of choral music education at The University of Hartford’s The Hartt School. 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. Before working in higher education, Julie was a public school music educator in upstate New York, having taught elementary general music and high school choral music for eleven years. When not making or teaching music, Julie loves books, traveling, and cheering on her beloved Buffalo Bills, New York Yankees, and Michigan State Spartans.
She lives in Newington with her husband, Jordan, their two children: Oliver (7) and Kit (4), and their dog, Malcolm.
Theresa has a Bachelor's degree in Communications. Her past work experiences include events marketing, book publicity and advertising. She and her husband have two young people who are in college of whom they are very proud! She is a life-long "nutmegger" (Connecticut native) and is passionate about the environment, civil rights and LGBTQ+ rights, feeding the hungry and dog/cat rescue. Her hobbies include gardening, photography, knitting, birdwatching and listening to live music.