I believe that congregations are places where we live authentically and shape our compassion for the neighbor. We are centered in our baptismal identity given through Jesus Christ and acting in the world to participate in God's creating, redeeming and sustaining work. In that identity we embrace the wideness of God, who never has any trouble with the diversity of humans.
~ Pastor Kirsten
Pastor Kirsten graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA with a BA in Religion and Social Work in 2001. She has experience in family counseling, pregnancy counseling and adoption work in Colorado. She first received a Masters of Social Work (Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO) planning to be a Diaconal Minister for the ECLA. However, God had other plans and led Pastor Kirsten on a long journey to receive her Masters of Divinity (Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO) and be ordained in June of 2012. During her preparation for ordained ministry she served in both retreat and congregational settings. She has focused upon social justice ministry as well as Faith Formation throughout the generations. She was affiliated with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Pastor Kirsten and her husband Steve have two small children and love to get outside on foot, bike, ski, and most recently, kayak.
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Pastor Kirsten Nelson Roenfeldt
Boyd started at Bethlehem Lutheran on August 16, 2015. Prior to this he has been organist and choir director at the Federated Church of Willington for twelve years, organist at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Stafford Springs for nine years, and organist at the Attawaugan Methodist Church, also for nine years. He studied pipe organ at Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford and piano at the United States Army Element, Naval School of Music in Little Creek, Virginia and is a member of the Hartford chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Boyd also occasionally plays keyboards backing up various Fifties and Motown groups for Harvey Robbins of the Doo Wopp Hall of Fame of America (The Vandellas, The Tokens, Gene Chandler, Billy Davis of The Midnighters, Tony Funches of The Platters, Louise Murray of the Jaynettes), and plays keyboards/mandolin/concertina in The Long River Band, a local folk band.
Boyd has a wife Laureen, and a daughter Cassie who lives in Brooklyn New York. He is also a Senior Software Developer at Farm Credit Financial Partners in Agawam Massachusetts.