Rev. Dr. Brian C. Hardee joined the staff of West Avon Congregational Church in August of 2006.
Rev. Hardee was previously the Pastor at Shenkel United Church of Christ in Pottstown, Pennsylvania from 1996 through 2006. While at Shenkel, Brian obtained his Doctor of Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2005. He obtained his Masters of Divinity from Yale in 1996, receiving the Mersick Preaching Prize. Brian's undergraduate work was done at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he graduated in three years summa cum laude as a Caldwell Scholar.
As the son of a career Army officer, Brian has had the opportunity to live in various areas throughout the country and spent five years in Germany. Brian has also traveled to Puerto Rico, India and Israel.
Brian and his wife Rebecca are the parents of four daughters.
Office Hours: M, T, Th, F from 12:30-3:00pm or by appointment
Marj is often the first contact one has when they enter the WACC facility. Marj's duties include providing secretarial and administrative services to the Senior Pastor, the Christian Education Director, the Church Staff, and lay leadership. She also supervises general office operation and oversees rental of the facility. Marj and her family are long-time members of the West Avon Congregational Church. Marj may be contacted through the WACC office during normal office hours.
Office Hours: M, 9:00-1:00; T-F, 9:00-3:00
Director of Music
Ken graduated from Hartt School of Music in 2005 with a double major in Voice and Music Education; he is currently a music teacher in the Glastonbury School System. He has served as bass section leader at St. James Episcopal Church in West Hartford.
Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries
Miranda grew up attending UCC churches because her father is an ordained UCC minister. She has bachelor's degrees in religious studies, philosophy and psychology from Drury University, and a masters degree in pastoral studies from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis. Miranda worked as a youth minister for three years before she and her husband Kevin Lewis moved to Connecticut from Missouri.
Bruce has studied organ in England, in addition to earning both bachelor's and master's degrees from Hartt School of Music. He has served numerous area churches over the last 30 years, including most recently Trinity Parish (Episcopal) and First Church of Christ, Congregational, both in Wethersfield.