I am originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado. I grew up in a Christian home and accepted Christ into my life at young age. As a teenager I began to wrestle with questions of identity and purpose wondering how Jesus Christ was going to impact my future. I decided to go to a Christian college and follow a path of full time service in Christian ministry. In college I met and married a strong Christian woman who has encouraged my faith in profound ways. I am constantly growing and learning through trial and error about what it means to be on this adventure. I am learning to hear God's voice more and more every day. I want to love Him more and love others better.
My call to ministry came while I was on a short-term mission experience with a Covenant youth group I was attending in high school. I was excited that I could help meet the physical and spiritual needs of others. My faith in God deepened as I experienced more of His presence. I knew I wanted to live a life that counted for eternity and responded to God's call by studying Youth Ministry at Colorado Christian University and serving Him in the context of the local church. I’ve had the benefit of being involved in several different denominations throughout my life and have been mentored along the way by a diverse group of men and women. I have worked as Youth Pastor and Worship Director in churches in Lakewood, CO, San Diego, CA, and Coshocton, OH. I have also served as Pastor of Student Ministries at churches in Auburn, WA and Manchester, CT. For the last 12 years I’ve been ministering in the Evangelical Covenant Church and have found my denominational home.
I am passionate about communicating God's word in a fresh and engaging manner. I long to see people transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. I love my wife of 24 years and my four children. I love music, reading and watching movies. I am also passionate about global and local missions where the love of God is shared in word and in deed. I love visiting other cultures and countries. Above all, I desire is to share God’s love with everyone, that we all might know and rely on the love God has for us in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Miguel Angel Rivera serves as our Pastoral intern for youth and outreach. Pastor Angel grew up in Hartford and has over 10 years of youth ministry experience. Pastor Angel co-leads the YX Movement (http://www.yxmovement.com) which is a collection of over 12 churches working together to empower youth in the Greater Hartford area. This man of God is a gifted communicator and passionate worshipper of Jesus Christ. HCC is so excited to have him on our team. Pastor Angel loves his family, going on mission trips, serving God, shopping for shoes and eating at Joey Garlic’s. For more information on youth ministry, email him at email@example.com
I work with the Connection Team at HCC and I’m also a part of the worship team and creative team. I am married to my amazing husband John and he has two wonderful young adult children, Janais and Chris with whom I love dearly. I hail from a large family of dedicated ministers and church leaders and I too have a heart for the Kingdom and God’s people. I’ve worked in ministry for over 20 years in various capacities and I’m excited to be a part of Hartford City Church. In my free time I have a passion for creating. My family calls me the DIY Queen. I’m a Graphic Designer by degree and also a Freelance Designer. I love traveling with my husband, trying new adventurous things and hanging out with my family!
I am the team leader for both the Children's ministries and what we call the Feast team here at Hartford City Church. I also enjoy singing on the worship team, and contributing to the creative side of the services. My background in Theater, from Colorado Christian University has helped me in all these things, as well as 25 years of working alongside my husband Phil in many different church families.
I love all things 'dramatic'-acting, directing, editing, staging; but the most drama in my life has come from my four amazing kids, David, Skyler, Tristan, and Scarlett. We live in Manchester, CT with three lovable cats and way too many video games. I also love the beach, reading, shoes and British television.
My prayer for Hartford City Church is the same one I have for my own children: that each of us find God personally as He reaches out to us through each joy and each struggle; an ever-deepening love that heals, strengthens, and brings life.
Larry is one of the original members of the HCC launch team. He has served as our sound technician and now also serves as our church treasurer. Larry also owns and operates the Cupcake break food truck which can be seen often around the Hartford area.
Donna Olander serves as the Communications Team Leader at Hartford City Church - a role that fits her love for connecting people, social media, art, photography and graphic design. She jumped right onto the church planting team in its very early stages. HCC is exactly where she feels God has called her to worship and serve. She’s proud of her 100% Swedish heritage and grew up in the Covenant Church from day one of life - as did her parents. In addition to Communications, she's part of the Feast Team that prepares and serves lunch every Sunday following the service. Hospitality and cooking are her favorite hobbies and she loves cooking alongside her husband Phil. They love hosting dinners and events at their home in Manchester for friends, strangers, their three daughters and their growing families. She also enjoys thrifty interior design, tag sales on Saturday mornings (with her honey) and poking around in antique shops. She’d like to know if you’re following Hartford City Church on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter - and if not, why not now?
I am the volunteer Worship Coordinator at HCC and I find joy connecting with God through singing and leading worship.
I also enjoy my career as a Registered Nurse at a pediatric office. I am a part-time graduate student in the Simmons
College Family Nurse Practitioner Program to earn my Master's degree in Nursing. I serve the Lord through both leading
worship and through my call to the nursing field to promote spiritual, emotional, and physical healing for families. I am an avid
explorer of coffee shops, and enjoy sipping chai-tea while reading science books. I also enjoy running and spending family
vacations on the beach in Maine. I am honored to be a part of this church plant and look forward to the amazing things God
has in store for us.