Thia Jubinville, Church Administrator
Thia has been a member of CC for over 30 years, has kept the financial books for over 25 yrs. and has served as Church Administrator for going on 18 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. Martha serves as a teacher during the work week.
Emily Carle, Co-Youth Leader
Emily graduated from t Mount Holyoke College in the class of 2021. She is now in her first year of Seminary in Kentucky. She was born in raised in Connecticut and the United Church of Christ where she attended the Newington UCC and Tolland UCC churches. She has fond memories of signing in her church’s youth choir and participating in Pilgrim Fellowship. Emily became a member at Center Church in October 2017 . She loves Center and its youth for the energy and passion they bring to all activities.
Maddie Drake, Promised Land Teacher
Madeline (Maddie) Drake hails from Kentucky and is currently a sophomore at MHC majoring in politics with a nexus in law, human rights and public policy. She graduated from her local high school where she was a co-valedictorian. Maddie currently serves as the Teacher in our Promised Land Sunday School, assisting the Director with teaching the children grades K – Grade 6
Chelsea Korzeniowski, Teaching Assistant
Chelsea served as caregiver in the church Nursery but now works with the CE Director with children in grades K – 6.. Chelsea i has a background in Early Childhood Education.
Kayla Scott-McDowell, Co-Youth Leader
Kayla is working with our youth group, along with Emily Carle. So far, they have been doing that both remotely and here at the church. This semester, our young people have also been joined by the young people from All Saints Church next door. Kayla hails from New York City and is a sophomore at MHC. She is a biochemistry/sociology major. Kayla came to us from Bard College where she received her A.A. in liberal arts in June 2020. Before MHC, she was active in the Bard High School Early College Queens program for two and a half years. Locally she served as a tutor and mentor for Girls, Inc. of the Valley based in Holyoke.
Larry Schipull, Organist
Larry Schipull has served as organist for Center Church for well over 2 decades. 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.
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. Bob also serves as a crossing guard for the Chicopee schools – a job he enjoys and works “with spirit” (like wearing a Rudolph nose at Christmas time.) He enjoys reading, going to the Cape, collecting political memorabilia and rooting for the Yankees.