Church Staff


Pastor

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Mark A. Santostefano

Reverend Mark Santostefano has been the Pastor of The Worship Center since its inception in 1987 and is well known for his keen and insightful ability to teach the biblical truths of Scripture from many approaches, and in a way that is easy to understand.  He began his journey with Christ while in the Air Force during the 1970’s, where he met Jesus through a friend.  During that time, he also became a member of The Navigators, a discipleship ministry, formed in the 1930’s, dedicated to helping people “to know Christ and to make Him known”.   Though he obtained his Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Mark’s practical yet enlivened teaching style makes Jesus easy to relate to, and enables the listener to keep a sense of reverent awe of Him.  One is left to conclude that there is a responsibility to God, ourselves, and each other within the scope of God’s kingdom and the world around us.   And in a time when common sense is fleeting, and the good news of the kingdom of God has become quite challenged and watered down throughout Christendom, Mark does not waver from the wonderous work of the Cross of Jesus Christ, sticking firmly to it.  Finding the wonder, wisdom, and power of it, he helps us get a better hold on the person of Jesus.  

Beyond preaching on Sunday mornings, Mark provides compassionate and wise pastoral counseling for those struggling with their faith in God, makes visits with those confined to their homes, hospitals beds, hospices, institutions, or prison cells; and he performs services for baby dedications, water baptisms, weddings, funerals or memorials, and other important life celebrations and ceremonies.  He is also the leader of TWC’s Worship Ministry, the Men’s Discipleship group, and hosts the men’s retreats.  He has written a number of bible study guides to help people grow personally with God.

He is most comfortable being out and about in public places to either work on his sermon series, do pastoral counseling, post daily devotions on Facebook, or share the good news of salvation through Christ with total strangers over a cup of coffee. He loves the community and regularly meets with a group of other area pastoral ministers to pray for each others’ churches and for the advancement of God’s Kingdom through the Gospel of Jesus. He also loves the outdoors and often goes for prayer walks and hikes. His hobbies include nature and wedding photography, marksmanship, and many other interests.

Mark is the devoted husband of Judy Santostefano and loving father of four adult children, and loves spending time with his granddaughter Nina.

If you are in need of pastoral services or ministry, please visit our Pastoral Ministry page, or call the Church Office at 860.228.4442


Elders

George Logan

George Logan

Missions

Pete Morse

Peter Morse

Stephen Ministry

Davey Edwards

Davey Edwards

Finances & Administration

Dwight Ketelhut

Dwight Ketelhut

Building Team



Scott Majek

Building Team & Property Maintenance



Tim Simpson

Worship Ministry


Deacons

Pat & Torre Skjerli
Chris Page – email
Shirley Hewett, Head Greeter and Restoration & Renewal
Tim & Denise Casey, Hospitality / Outreach Team and P.O.D – email
Mark & Sue Albin
Neil & Jill Swenson
Jenn LaRosee


Ministry Leaders

Children’s Minister, Stacy Lagasse – email
Children & Youth Administrator, Matt LaPlaca
Nursery Coordinator, Judy Santostefano
Stephen Ministry, Patti C. Dunne M.A. Pastoral Counseling, Board Certified Associate Chaplain,860.377.4064 – email
Worship Team Leaders, Carol Simpson, Sharon Gonyaw, Nick Santostefano, Steve Sleeper – email
Women’s Life Group Leader, Sharon Gonyaw – email
THE OPEN DOOR,The Rising, Rob Labrecque – email
Wind & Fire, Vin Colonna – email


Office Administrator

Carolyn Page – email