Pastor Eric Fjeldal
Eric is an ordained elder in the New York Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church and is currently serving as the Senior Pastor of UMC of New Canaan. Eric attended Oneonta State College in Oneonta, New York, where he received his bachelor’s degree, and Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, where he received his Master of Divinity degree. He has been a pastor and served in various leadership roles throughout New York and Connecticut since 1979.
Eric fully supports the Habitat mission and encourages members of his congregation to become involved. He has served on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity of Greater New Haven for nine years, including one year as President of the Board. Eric is also a longtime volunteer in New Haven, Wallingford, and Bridgeport. Always willing to roll up his sleeves and join in, Eric regularly attends Habitat work days where he enjoys participating in the building process and making personal connections with the new homeowners. Earning in 2009 the Master Builder Award for Humanity of Greater New Haven, Connecticut and in 2015, The Second Mile Award for Humanity of Fairfield County.
Hey there! My name is Matt Hubbard, and I could not be more excited to have the opportunity to serve as the Associate Pastor here in New Canaan. I graduated from Drew University in May, 2017, with a Master of Divinity degree. During my time in that program, I had the honor and privilege of working with the amazing community of youth as a Youth Coordinator for UMC of New Canaan. Prior to my time at Drew and in New Canaan, I completed my bachelor’s degree at Central Connecticut State University in Political Science and History. While I am deeply passionate about my work as a pastor, my interests cover a very wide spectrum. I am a passionate New York sports fan and enjoy listening to all types of music – especially hip-hop and soft rock. I could not be more excited to continue my pastoral journey in New Canaan.
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.
Frederick Buechner has said, “The place God calls you is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” For Linda Allen, that place of deep gladness for sharing God’s love with children, and this and future generations’ hungering for faith has brought her to this position as the coordinator of our Children’s Ministries. Her degree in education, thirteen years in management positions with American Airlines, and an associate degree in Christian Education prepared her for her position here. During her thirteen years at the Congregational Church of New Canaan in the same position, she served as the Fairfield County representative of the Connecticut Association of Church Educators. For six years, she represented Connecticut in the New England Association of Church Educators. For two of those years, she represented New England at the national level of the Association of United Church Educators. Linda’s position as coordinator of Children’s Ministries is a vocation and place of deep gladness for her.
Kiren is the Youth Coordinator for our United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) and 5th and 6th Grade Fellowship. As part of her responsibilities, Kiren works with the Associate Minister, Matt Hubbard, to design programming and organize 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. 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 plans to graduate in Spring of 2018. Kiren has worked at the United Methodist Church in New Canaan since 2015. When she is not working or at school, Kiren enjoys hiking, relaxing at the beach, and reading Harry Potter. Kiren and her fiancé, Micah Coleman Campbell, a United Methodist pastor, plan to be 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 and Dean of Students at King Low-Heywood Thomas. She remained in that position for 25 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, live in Pound Ridge and have two adult children and three 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.
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!