Pastor Tim was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2004 and has been serving in full-time parish ministry since 1998. After a long pastorate in a growing Methodist congregation Pastor Tim accepted a call to come to TCC where he shares his gifts for thoughtful worship, inspiring preaching, authentic spiritual growth, and collaborative church leadership. He graduated with a BA from Colorado College where he focused on the study of world religions, and an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, having interned in both parish and hospital settings. In 2003 he married Angela Heiser, a school teacher from Weston, CT. Together they are the proud parents of Charley and Lucy Hare who are both currently in elementary school. Pastor Tim is happy to be a part of the Trumbull community and is always eager to welcome visitors to TCC.
Tara Brophy grew up in church, the daughter of a pastor, singing Sunday School songs. She attended UCONN to study writing and then earned a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at Sacred Heart University. She went on to teach fourth grade for eight years in Wilton, CT before her daughter, Grace was born. Her son, Noah was soon to follow, and Tara spent eight years working part-time. During this time, she was the Christian Education Director at Stratford Methodist Church, and she traveled the state of CT as “Green Gal, Earth-friendly Superhero,” singing original, “go green” songs with guitar at local libraries, schools, and summer camps. She also published a CD of family folk music and is currently working on an album of sacred songs. Currently, Tara, a Nichols resident, is a third grade teacher at Samuel Staples in Easton, her husband, Nick is an elementary school principal, and her 2 children attend Trumbull schools. She is delighted to be singing Sunday School songs at TCC, inspiring young people to consider the wonders of God’s world, and celebrating Christ’s love with all the children of the church.
Ilana comes to Trumbull CC with a diverse musical background that began in New Fairfield, CT when at age 17 she took her first job as an accompanist at a local church. She immediately fell in love with the job and has worked professionally as an organist, choir conductor, music director, and freelance musician ever since. She graduated summa cum laude from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Jazz Studies and was one of two students in her graduating class to receive the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award for academic success and community service. While attending WCSU, Ilana studied jazz piano, classical piano, organ, and voice, and also received her Colleague’s Certification from the American Guild of Organists. During and after college, Ilana toured professionally with the Celtic Fusion band MacTalla Mor, serving as keyboardist, Gaelic singer, and composer. Five years ago, she received her Juris Doctor from Fordham University School of Law. Since graduating law school, she has pursued a legal career in public interest law, her interests being in criminal defense, civil rights, prisoner’s rights, and immigration, while also maintaining a busy schedule as a church musician. Ilana has great faith in the power of music to deepen the experience of communal worship and inspire people towards social action. She currently lives with her husband in Bridgeport, CT and is very excited to serve as music director at Trumbull CC.