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. He is an accredited Godly Play teacher (a Montessori-inspired model of religious education) and has an interest in inter-generational 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 substitute organist at local churches for years before settling at First Church. He teaches piano for beginners and enjoys jazz and the Red Sox.
Sarah Kaufold is an experienced conductor, teacher, and singer who strives to interweave the teaching of vocal pedagogy into the choral experience. Sarah holds a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from University of Connecticut with extensive graduate study in choral conducting from California State University, Los Angeles. She has studied conducting under Jamie Spillane, Donald Brinegar, William Belan, and Iris Levine. Before pursuing her masters’ degree, she obtained a B.A. in Psychology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona where she also began her studies as a music educator. Her choral leadership experience includes teaching at the junior and senior high level in California, as well as directing the Women’s Choir and Collegiate Choir as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut and serving as music director of The Shoreline Chorale from 2015-2017, as the Assistant Conductor of the Chorale at Eastern Connecticut University. Sarah has served as a music director in various churches since 2000. Sarah has sung professionally throughout the Los Angeles and New England area and is currently a member of the professional chamber choir, Collegium Ancora, located in Providence, RI, and Alchemy, located in Middletown, CT. In addition to singing, she loves to travel and hike with her family.
Contact Sarah: sarah.kaufold@FirstChurchMansfield.org
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