Ministers & Staff

Ministers

  • Reverend Jeffrey Rider - Senior Minister
  • Reverend Rebecca Floyd - Associate Minister for Youth
  • Reverend Amy Forte - Minister of Pastoral Care
  • Eileen Hunt, Ph.D. - Minister of Music
  • Reverend Dan England - Minister of Faith Formation

Children's Ministry Team

  • Lynn Rider, M.Div. - Children's Ministry Director
  • Michael Racine - Teacher
  • LaQruishia Gill - Teacher
  • Maureen Faye - Nursery Care
  • Teri Nasi - Children's Ministry Assistant

Youth Ministry Team

  • Rev. Rebecca Floyd - Associate Minister for Youth
  • Allen Reynolds - Youth Ministry Intern
  • Michael P. Racine - Worship Team Leader

Administrative and Support Team

  • JoAnne LaBella - Office Manager
  • Alison Fisher - Department Manager
  • Bob Custer - Sexton
Reverend Jeffrey Rider - Senior Minister

Reverend Jeffrey Rider

Senior Minister

Jeff Rider is responsible for the vision and spiritual direction of the church, and provides leadership for the 10 member professional staff. Since coming to Green’s Farms in 2003, he has demonstrated a keen interest in the church’s vital ministries to children and youth. A grant recipient of the prestigious Lilly Endowment, Jeff and his wife, Lynn, returned in April from a two-week trek through the Annapurna Range in Nepal, part of a sabbatical study of Christian hospitality.

Jeff is a graduate of the College of Wooster where he majored in Theater. He received his Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1988. Prior to being called to Green’s Farms, he served United Church of Christ (UCC) congregations in Vero Beach, FL, Akron, OH, and New Canaan, CT.

Lynn is an integral part of Jeff’s ministry, and directs GFC's Children Ministry. The couple has three children, Abby, Cal, and Jack.
Reverend Rebecca Floyd - Associate Minister for Youth

Reverend Rebecca Floyd

Associate Minister for Youth

Rebecca Floyd is the Associate Minister for Youth at Green’s Farms Church. Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2013, Rebecca received her M.Div from Yale Divinity School and her BA from Wellesley College. Rebecca is passionate about building communities for youth that allow them to be authentic with each other, that encourage them to ask real questions about life and God, and that assure them that they do not walk alone.

How Rebecca describes working with youth:
“Young people are full members of the congregation, so my philosophy with them is to respect and encourage their ability to participate, ask questions, and grapple with faith and doubt. Listening to how they experience the challenges as well as the joys of discipleship is key to forming trusting and meaningful relationships with them and to fully involving them in the body of Christ.”

“For me, building relationships with kids and teens has to do with really listening and trying to understand their world and also being willing to translate the conversations about faith and God so that those conversations are relevant to their world.”
Reverend Amy Forte - Minister of Pastoral Care

Reverend Amy Forte

Minister of Pastoral Care

Amy Forte has served as Minister of Pastoral Care since January 2012. She is responsible for visiting and counseling parishioners that are experiencing various life crisis' and are in need of spiritual support. She works closely with the Seniors of the church, and recently began a program for "Empty Nesters," helping to meet the needs of folks who are about to launch their last child or those that have had an "empty nest" for some time. This group is especially eager to have the opportunity to reignite their spiritual lives and find new meaning and purpose as they embark on this new phase of life. Amy obtained an MDiv degree from Yale Divinity School in 2004. She is also a nurse and has an MA in counseling psychology and works part-time as a therapist.
Eileen Hunt, Ph.D. - Minister of Music

Eileen Hunt, Ph.D.

Minister of Music

Eileen Hunt has been Minister of Music since 1986, directing a vibrant and eclectic music ministry with opportunities for participation by singers and instrumentalists of all ages.

Eileen maintains an active career as a performer and teacher in addition to her music ministry at the church. Her performances have included recitals for the national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society, and she has been a guest recitalist at churches and concert halls throughout the US and in Europe. Eileen served on the National Council of the American Guild of Organists for 12 years. She currently chairs the AGO National Committee for New Music, working with today's composers to commission new works in genres of organ music and choral music.

Eileen holds degrees in organ and musicology from Boston University, and she has studied in Paris with Andre Isoir and Jean Langlais. Eileen enjoys walking, reading and cheering for the Boston Red Sox when she is not pursuing musical activities.
Reverend Dan England - Minister of Faith Formation

Reverend Dan England

Minister of Faith Formation

Dan England is responsible for a multi-season teaching series on the Bible for adults and serves as a member of the Faith Formation team that provides a variety of opportunities for members of the church to come to a place of deeper thought and faith. He also assists in the various public communications of the church.

Dan holds three Master’s degrees in theology (from Cambridge University, Princeton Seminary and Eastern Seminary). After many years working in government and industry as a professional speechwriter, he has returned to church ministry. In addition, he continues to work as a professional writer through his company, Lamb and Flag Communications.

Dan lives with his wife, Claire, son Luke and dog, Jeep in Fairfield, CT
Lynn Rider, M.Div. - Children's Ministry Director

Lynn Rider, M.Div.

Children's Ministry Director

Lynn has served as the Director of Children's Ministry at Green's Farms Church since 2005. As she and her husband, Jeff, moved to new churches with their children Abby, Cal, and Jack, she saw the impact that different kinds of Sunday School had on their experience of church. Working at GFC has been a great opportunity to combine Lynn's academic interests with her passion for providing kids the chance to enjoy coming to church, and to discover a community where their families can grow in faith together. She began her career working with children as a clinical therapist at an outpatient child guidance clinic in Danbury, CT. In addition to holding a Master of Social Work, she also attended Yale University where she received a Master of Divinity.
Michael Racine - Teacher

Michael Racine

Teacher

Michael Racine grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, where from an early age he learned to love God and music. After graduating from Brown University with a concentration in Religious Studies, Michael spent two years in Hunan, China, where he taught middle school English and led a house church, followed by a year teaching in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and another year in Extremadura, Spain. He now lives in New Haven, where he is enrolled in his second year at Yale Divinity School and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He has sung in countless choirs since elementary school, took up the guitar at age 11, and has shared his faith by playing and singing professionally in a variety of styles and venues.
LaQruishia Gill - Teacher

LaQruishia Gill

Teacher

LaQruishia Gill received her BA from the University of Texas at Arlington in Psychology in May of 2012 and spent the next year working as a Pre-School and Daycare teacher. She is currently a first year graduate student at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, concentrating on Christian Theology. LaQruishia has extensive experience sharing the Christian faith as a Sunday School teacher, with music in worship, and with organizing and leading educational activities and projects with a wide range of age groups. We are excited to have LaQruishia sharing her faith as she teaches our Bible Detectives in Kindergarten and First Grade!
Maureen Faye - Nursery Care

Maureen Faye

Nursery Care

Maureen Fay started Beginnings Infant/Toddler Program in 1983 and has supervised the nursery at GFC on Sunday mornings for several years. A native of White Plains, NY and 31 year resident of Norwalk, Maureen is a graduate of Lake Forest College in Illinois. One of twelve siblings, a mother of three grown children, and grandmother of four, Maureen comes by her love and knowledge of young children naturally! She enjoys nurturing infant development, and welcomes visits from former nursery students and their parents.
Teri Nasi - Children's Ministry Assistant

Teri Nasi

Children's Ministry Assistant

Teri Nasi joined the Children's Ministry Team at Green's Farms Church in 2005 and she has been responsible for organizing and overseeing classrooms, closets, and supplies ever since! A native of the Bronx, Teri currently lives in Port Chester, NY, but spends much of her time in Connecticut visiting her children, grandchildren, and great grandson.
Rev. Rebecca Floyd - Associate Minister for Youth

Rev. Rebecca Floyd

Associate Minister for Youth

Rebecca Floyd is the Associate Minister for Youth at Green’s Farms Church. Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2013, Rebecca received her M.Div from Yale Divinity School and her BA from Wellesley College. Rebecca is passionate about building communities for youth that allow them to be authentic with each other, that encourage them to ask real questions about life and God, and that assure them that they do not walk alone.

How Rebecca describes working with youth:
“Young people are full members of the congregation, so my philosophy with them is to respect and encourage their ability to participate, ask questions, and grapple with faith and doubt. Listening to how they experience the challenges as well as the joys of discipleship is key to forming trusting and meaningful relationships with them and to fully involving them in the body of Christ.”

“For me, building relationships with kids and teens has to do with really listening and trying to understand their world and also being willing to translate the conversations about faith and God so that those conversations are relevant to their world.”
Allen Reynolds - Youth Ministry Intern

Allen Reynolds

Youth Ministry Intern

Allen is a second year Master of Divinity student at Yale Divinity School who hails from the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Radio-TV-Film from Howard University in 2012. Allen received his call to ministry at a very young age, and has been working with children's and youth ministry from K-12 and beyond for over a decade. He has a passion for performing and communication arts from stage to screen including drama, speech, debate and media. He has a strong desire to share God's love with youth and to help them ground their identities in their faith in ways that can sustain them in life, and, help empower them to succeed in whatever they feel called to do. He is excited to be serving with the community of faith at Green's Farms Church.
Michael P. Racine - Worship Team Leader

Michael P. Racine

Worship Team Leader

Michael Racine grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, where from an early age he learned to love God and music. He has sung in countless choirs since elementary school, took up the guitar at age 11, and has both played and sung professionally in a variety of styles and venues. After graduating from Brown University with a concentration in Religious Studies, Michael spent two years in Hunan, China, where he taught middle school English and led a house church, followed by a year teaching in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and another year in Extremadura, Spain. He now lives in New Haven, where he is enrolled in his second year at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale Divinity School.

JoAnne LaBella - Office Manager

JoAnne LaBella

Office Manager

JoAnne joined the church staff in the spring of 2001 and has quickly become a key figure in making the church run smoothly. Most importantly, she facilitates communication among the community, the church staff and lay leaders. JoAnne also assists the Treasurer of Green's Farms Church, as well as the Treasurer of the Green's Farms Nursery School.

JoAnne holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Rider University. She enjoys reading, knitting, vacationing on LBI and spending time with her 5 children and 12 grandchildren. JoAnne and her husband Pat live in Fairfield.
Alison Fisher - Department Manager

Alison Fisher

Department Manager

Alison was graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1980 with a degree in Communications and Business Administration. After ten years in the telecommunications business on Wall Street, Alison and her husband, John, moved to Westport and joined Green’s Farms Church. While raising her two sons, Jack and Gregory, Alison was actively involved in various community and school volunteer organizations including Green’s Farms Church. It was a natural move for Alison to join GFC as a part time staffer when a position became available. She creates the weekly bulletin, acts as communications and organizational liaison for special events & projects and administrates the Youth Ministry program, among other odd jobs that pop up from time to time.
Bob Custer - Sexton

Bob Custer

Sexton

Bob Custer joined the Green’s Farms staff in 1991 and has been an integral part of the growth in our church and nursery school. Not only the Mr. Fix-It of every day issues, he has and does serve as part of the church team that oversees major renovations of church properties, current yearly projects, as well as projected projects.

Bob attended J. M. Technical School, graduating in 1965 with a degree in Drafting. He then went on to serve in the U.S. Army, seeing combat duty with the First Infantry Division (known as the Big Red One) in Vietnam (1967-1968).