Rev. Robert (Bob) Walker
In addition to being the interim pastor at our church, Bob is the Assistant to the Bishop of the New York Annual Conference and an instructor at Sing Sing Correctional Facility for Rising Hope, an organization that provides college-level education for persons in prison. He is also a writer in the field of spirituality and religion and has published more than twenty books, including Politically Correct Parables and The Jesus I Knew. He is a graduate of Perkins School of Theology and Yale Divinity School, both where he received Master of Scared Theology degrees. He has served as a pastor in Darien, Greenwich, and White Plains. Bob is an avid rower and loves to hike. He understands hiking as a spiritual practice and hikes/walks every day. His love of hiking was kindled while growing up in Albuquerque, NM, where he hiked mountains as a Boy Scout. He has traveled the world on treks to Machu Picchu, Everest Base Camp, Iceland, and the Swiss and Italian Alps. In 2019, he walked the last 140 miles of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Northern Spain. Bob has been married to Donna for 43 years and has two adult sons. Donna has had a 40+ year career in the investments field. Bob and Donna reside in Darien.
Director of Music Ministry, Brian Zuro, has been at our church since 1997. Brian holds undergraduate degrees in both organ performance and biology from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Oberlin College. While at Oberlin, he performed in numerous ensembles, was a featured soloist in NPR’s program, Pipe Dreams, and was a member of the varsity football team. Following Oberlin, Brian received his MA in music from Yale University where he studied at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. In addition, he holds a law degree from Fordham University where he was inducted to the Order of the Coif. Brian has served in numerous churches, and when not playing music, he is a practicing attorney. Brian and his wife, Sarah, are the active parents of three children and two beagles.
Kiren Coleman Campbell
Kiren is Coordinator of Youth and Young Families Ministry. As part of her responsibilities, Kiren designs programming and organizes the events for the youth (5th-6th and 7th-12th grade) to participate in throughout the year. Kiren plays with the Bell Choir and co-teaches the Sunday School class for middle schoolers. Another aspect of her responsibilities is to assist in developing programming opportunities that meet the needs of younger families. Kiren grew up in Katonah, New York, where she was an active member of the Yorktown United Methodist Church. After receiving her B.A. at Muhlenberg College in Accounting and Music, she pursed a Master of Divinity at Drew University where she graduated in May of 2018. Kiren has worked at the United Methodist Church in New Canaan since 2015. When she is not working , Kiren enjoys hiking, relaxing at the beach, and reading Harry Potter. Kiren and her husband, Micah Coleman Campbell, a United Methodist pastor, were wed in June 2018.
Cathy currently serves as the Coordinator of Children’s Music. Cathy grew up in Kansas City and received a degree in Music from Avila College. She moved to Connecticut when she married her husband, Richard. She went on to study the humanities and received her MAH from Manhattanville College. She was employed by New Canaan Country School as the Director of Lower School Music and worked at Low-Hewood Thomas as the music teacher for grades 4 through 12. In 1979, with the birth of their first child, Sam, Cathy became Chair of the Music Department, Dean of Students, and a history teacher at King Low-Heywood Thomas. She remained in that position for 40 years. In the summer, Cathy teaches music at Horizons Summer Enrichment program hosted at New Canaan Country School. Cathy is active in the arts and has served as president of the board of Pro Arte Singers and is currently on the board for Summer Theater of New Canaan. She also oversees community service in the Upper School at King and has travelled to New Orleans, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica on service learning trips. Cathy has been on the staff at the UMC of New Canaan for over twenty years. She and her husband, Richard, have three adult children and four delightful grandchildren.
Rose Ogrinc Krivoshik
Rose is the director for our Junior and Senior High School Choirs and leads our well established youth bell choir, where the focus is on both music and fellowship. Rose grew up in Ohio and received her BS in Management Science from Case Western Reserve University. While there she also received a minor in music from a joint program with the Cleveland Institute of Music, with proficiency in voice and woodwind Instruments.
Rose and her husband, Bill, currently live in Wilton where they raised their three children. She is a member of the Board of Directors at Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport, CT. Free time is spent enjoying the company of her children and new granddaughter as well as hiking, reading, and playing with their black lab, Henry.
Carol serves as Director of United Methodist Preschool. She joined the preschool staff in 1998 as head teacher in the 5 Day 4’s class and then took on the Directorship in 2008.
Carol graduated from Sacred Heart University with a degree in Psychology and later earned a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from the College of New Rochelle. She continued to work part time as an environmental educator while she and her husband and soul mate, David, raised three amazing children – Daniel, Emily, and Bethany. When she is not at school, she can be found gardening, reading, and enjoying the company of her family and friends around the family table or in the backyard around the fire pit. Working with dedicated educators, young children, and their families gives her a great sense of gratitude and joy followed by a daily dose of inspiration!