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.
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, an artist, thespian, dancer, bird watcher, animal lover and an accomplished Tae Kwon Do athlete.
Elisha, often called Ellie, was born and primarily raised in the Bay Area of California (she spent a few years in the Tampa Bay area of Florida). At the end of high school, she was ready to get as far away from California as possible, which landed her at the University of Hartford. After bouncing around the state a few times, she landed in Wethersfield, where she currently resides.
During the last 17 years, Elisha has worked as a nanny for various families, helping to raise over 30 children with varying support needs, socio-economic backgrounds, and family dynamics. She also worked with different organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and South Windsor Parks and Rec, to support children in the community. She is thrilled to be taking her experience and her passion for working with children into her role with Rocky Hill Congregational Church.
Outside of working with children, Elisha has many interests, including polyculture and other forms of sustainable agriculture (particularly in urban and suburban settings), playing tabletop roleplaying games (typically as the game master), LGBTQ+ and civil rights, cooking and baking, and exploring the world around her. She's a firm believer that to make the world better for everyone, we must first create a world for everyone.
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!