Thia Jubinville, Church Administrator
Thia has been a member of CC for over 30 years, has kept the financial books for over 20yrs. and has served as Church Administrator for almost 12 years. We think she likes it here. Thia is responsible for a wide range of administrative responsibilities, including managing the church database and financial bookkeeping, producing all publications and the coordinating of all activities in the church’s building, Thia is a proud mom to daughters Kate and Laura (and kitty Mia) and enjoys reading, yoga and meditation, shopping and spending time with her daughters. She is most grateful to Center Church and its grace-filled members for all they have helped her learn throughout her years and involvement here.
Martha Guild, Children’s Christian Education Director
Martha enjoys the blessing of working with the friendly, curious, kind and generous children of Center Church. She also enjoys creating and teaching the Promised Land Sunday School curriculum with the support of dedicated family volunteers and Center Church’s Children’s Christian Education Committee. Martha holds degrees from UMass Amherst and Columbia University, both in writing. During the week she works as a member of the special education team at the Michael E. Smith Middle School in South Hadley.
Claire Houston, Youth Leader
Claire is a student at Mount Holyoke College – class of 2019. She was born and raised in Hopewell Jct. NY where she was active in her church helping teach Sunday School classes and helping with the Children’s choir. She even gave a children’s sermon on occasion. Claire’s summers have been spent as a camp counselor and a Digital Cookie intern (helping the Girl Scouts sell cookies on line!). At MHC Claire is active in several organizations including the English hand bell choir, inter varsity Christian Fellowship and the multi-faith council. In her spare time (?!) she likes to spend time with friends, volunteers in the community and likes to read, watch Netflix and listen to music. Claire also admits to an “unhealthy obsession” with LEGOS!
Deb Korzeniowski, Center Nursery Caregiver
Deb serves as caregiver in the church Nursery. She started back in April of 2003 and her daughter Chelsea now volunteers with her. Chelsea is currently going to college and has a background in Early Childhood Education. In the Nursery the children play, we read books, make drawings and have a great time. Deb and her husband Carl also have a son Christopher and a daughter Cara. Deb’s favorite thing is going to the beach with her family .
Larry Schipull, Organist
Larry Schipull has served as organist for Center Church for well over a decade. During the week he is Professor of Music at Mount Holyoke College. He earned his doctorate at Yale University, where he was Assistant University Organist; he is a summa cum laude graduate of Drake University in his native Iowa. He won a unanimous First Prize at the Conservatoire nationale de musique (Rueil-Malmaison), where he was a student of Marie-Claire Alain, and he also won the Music Teachers National Association and Ottumwa National organ competitions. He has appeared as organ soloist with orchestras both near (Pioneer Valley Symphony) and far (Curaçao, Hong Kong and Macau), and he collaborates frequently with his Mount Holyoke colleagues in chamber music performances.
Cheryl Cobb, Choir Director and Soloist
Cheryl says she” is happy to have the opportunity to conduct the wonderful choir at Center Church. Both choir and congregation are always happy to take on the challenges of many different kinds of music. She says ‘We try never to be boring!” Cheryl also teaches singing at Mt. Holyoke College.
Cindy Morrell, Associate in Music
Cindy is Center Church born and raised. She participated in Sunday School from a young age and accompanied the high school worship services when we were running double sessions in the ’60s. Cindy took organ lessons from Susie Conant. (Center Church Organist for many years) and continued organ at Mount Holyoke. She began subbing in high school as organist for summer services. Cindy sang in the Angel & Pilgrim choirs and now the Senior choir, accompany them at weekly rehearsals. She plays the organ/piano Sunday service duets with Larry Schipull. She calls Center Church her “home” and says it gives her support, joy, and laughter .She looks forward to choir on Thursday and services on Sunday.
Bob joined the staff in October of 2015 as our Sexton. He grew up in South Hadley, graduated from SH High and was a member of the Falls Congregational church for many years. Bob spent many years working for the Friendly corporation as a special project coordinator, covering recycling, waste management, logistics and catering. Las spring Bob began working as a crossing guard for the Chicopee schools – a job he enjoys and works “with spirit” (like wearing a Rudolph nose at Christmas time.) Bob enjoys reading, going to the Cape, collecting political memorabilia and rooting for the Yankees.