Pastor: The Reverend Joseph Blotz joined us as our Minister of Faith Formation in August 2010. In August 2014 his call was modified to Co-Pastor and in July 2018 he was called as our solo Pastor. Joe grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. He has served congregations and community-based ministries in California, Ohio, and New York, most recently as Pastor for Educational Ministries at Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Syracuse, New York. He is an accredited Godly Play teacher (a Montessori-inspired model of religious education) and has an interest in intergenerational worship, education, and service-learning. His ministry outside of the congregation has been with individuals experiencing homelessness, as an outreach worker for an AIDS resource organization, and as a writer for a local human sexuality curriculum. His published works include a feminist commentary on the book of Ruth and liturgical resources with a preferential option for Earth in the Earth Bible series. He is also a movie buff and enjoys playing guitar.
Contact Pastor Joe: joseph.blotz@FirstChurchMansfield.org
Erik Haeger has been the organist at First Church since 2000, and a covenantal member since 2006.
A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he lives locally with his wife, Rebecca, and their daughter, Julia. Erik started playing piano at a young age. He was a subsitute organist at local churches for years before settling at First Church. He teaches piano for beginners and enjoys jazz and the Red Sox.
Interim Choir Director
Linda Tracy is a retired teacher who earned a B.S. in Music Education with a concentration in voice from the University of Connecticut. Her M.S. in Music Education is from Central Connecticut State University. Before retiring, Linda taught choral music in the Tolland school system (most recently Tolland High School,) Windham Middle School and Eastern Connecticut State University, where she conducted the ECSU Chorus. She is the former director of the Capitol Theatre Summer Chorus in Willimantic, the Windham Theatre Guild Adult Chorus and Classic Chorale, and has been musical director for many of the Guild's productions. Linda is currently the Artistic Director of the a cappella group "Take Note!
Wendy O'Connor has, quite possibly, the most difficult job at First Church - supporting its ministry by taking responsibility for all church office activity/operations. She does this by utilizing her training, talents, experience as well as her sense of humor. Wendy received her formal education at Mitchell College. She resides in Scotland, CT where she is also the Registrar of Voters.
Contact Wendy: FirstChurchMansfield@snet.net
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549 Storrs Road
(Junction of Routes 195 & 89)
Mansfield Center, Connecticut