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 in high school and middle school respectively. Pastor Tim is happy to be a part of the Trumbull community and is always eager to welcome visitors to TCC.
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.
Dr. Carrie is a planetary glaciologist with a passion for teaching. She grew up in southwestern CT, where she attended Newtown Congregational Church (NCC), and is a soon-to-be-graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) at Hartford Seminary.
She focused her doctoral studies on glaciology and hydrology—specifically Helheim Glacier in southeast Greenland. In addition to a Ph.D. in Geology, she holds a Master’s degree in Geology and a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science with a concentration in Astronomy.
While enrolled in the Women’s Leadership Institute, Dr. Carrie became interested in remote learning and teaching. Under the guidance of NCC Rev. Kristen Provost Switzer, she developed her own Sunday School Module via Zoom earlier this year for NCC’s K-8 children. This transformative teaching experience helped guide her to her new role as TCC’s Interim Director of Children & Family Ministries.
Dr. Carrie is currently teaching high school science at Sparhawk School in Amesbury, MA. As vaccination numbers rise across the country, she is looking forward to in-person gatherings (especially live music) in the emerging post-pandemic world. If she could visit any place in the solar system (safely), she would explore Saturn’s moon, Titan!