Rev. Susan Murtha
Greetings to members and friends of Center Congregational Church in Meriden! I am looking forward to meeting you and to serving as your “bridge minister” in this time of transition. I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ordained in the United Church of Christ. In the past 21 years, I’ve served diverse churches throughout Connecticut— rural, urban, and suburban, small, medium, and large; settled and interim pastorates. Each has been a blessed experience of spiritual growth and organizational learning, and, taken together, they have shaped the minister I am today. I’m a Connecticut native, a former mechanical engineer and a mother of a 34 year old son who lives and works in San Francisco with his wife and two children. East-west travel is a regular part of our lives! In my spare time, I enjoy poetry, landscapes, museums, and quiet reflection.
Minister of Music
Anna Brom is a classically trained pianist with a Bachelor of Music from Minsk Academy of Music, 1983, majoring in Piano Performance. She has 22 years keyboard experience as an organist in the U.S. starting in 1996 as Principle Organist of the Faith Methodist Church, Burlington, VT, playing services, weddings, funerals & as accompanist for their choir. She also worked at So. Burlington High School, So. Hero Congregational Church and, for the last 5 years, Director of Music at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne, VT. Anna has two sons and three grandchildren. She begins at Center Church on Aug. 1, 2017.
Christian Education Director
Maureen Hamilton is our Director of Christian Education and coordinates the CCC Youth Group. Maureen teaches 5th and 6th grade in the Regional District #13 school system. She is married and has two adult children. Maureen has been a member of the United Church of Christ since her childhood. She works tirelessly to support all members of Center Church on their own personal faith journeys.
Joan was born in Meriden and spent her whole life here. She graduated from Maloney High school and attended Quinninpiac (College) University. She has two daughters, Kimberly Adamowicz and Jennifer Gordon, two wonderful grandchildren, Emily Adamowicz a sophomore at Central Connecticut University and Evan Adamowicz a Junior at Maloney High school. She has been a member of Center Church for 52 years and the church secretary since 1994. She has been on several church committees, and also taught Sunday School for many years and served on the Board of Deacons, the Christian Education Committee and most recently on the Missions Board.