Our Staff

Westfield's members are its ministers. These are the folks that help them.
The Rev. Jonathan Chapman

The Rev. Jonathan Chapman

Pastor and Teacher

The Rev. Jonathan Chapman graduated from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in May 2010. At Candler, he was active with the Office of Worship, and was awarded the Hoyt Hickman Award for Outstanding Liturgical Scholarship. Jonathan is a 2007 Congregational Fellow and 2006 Undergraduate Fellow with The Fund for Theological Education.

He graduated from Elon University in 2007 with a degree in Religious Studies. At Elon, Jonathan worked extensively with the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and with The Pendulum, Elon’s student newspaper. He was selected as a Leadership Fellow and studied in Copenhagen, Denmark, in the Spring of 2006. Jonathan was awarded the W. L. Monroe Christian Education and Personality Award in the 2007. While at Elon he joined Elon Community Church, United Church of Christ, the congregation in which he was ordained.

Jonathan joined Westfield in October of 2012 and was officially installed as Pastor and Teacher in May of 2013.

He was selected to be a part of the Next Generation Leadership Initiative, a program sponsored by the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ that works with young clergy committed to parish ministry through a decade-long relationship. He has a passion for visual worship (a topic he blogs regularly about at revjonchapman.com) and married his partner, Greg, in December of 2014 at Westfield.

Ms. Carrie Taylor

Ms. Carrie Taylor

Church Administrator

Carrie officially joined Westfield in May of 2014 and became the Administrator in June of 2015. She is also the owner of Carried Away Cakery, a custom cake and cookie company.

 Carrie obtained an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education in 2005, and after a change of study, graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2007 with a duel Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Biochemistry.  She found work with children to be most fulfilling, and went on to get certified as an Early Childhood Educator.  She previously taught preschool from 2003 through 2011.  

Carrie volunteers her time as a firefighter/EMT for the East Great Plain fire department in Norwich, where she’s been a member since 2000.  She is active in Girl Scouts, serving her daughter Lilly’s troop leader and leading a Daisy Troop, as well as serving as the Service Unit Secretary for East Lyme Girl Scouts.  

Mr. Jimmy Buccini

Mr. Jimmy Buccini

Minister of Music

Jim comes to Westfield, bringing his passion for music and liturgy.  He seeks to incorporate both time-honored and innovative music into worship experiences.  He is excited to join a growing, vibrant community of faith, and the home of the Westfield Center for Liturgical Creativity.
Music has been a significant part of Jim’s life as long as he can remember.  He has served in several music ministry settings including traditional choirs and contemporary ensembles, providing accompaniment, vocals, direction and musical leadership.  Jim’s experience also includes a sanctuary restoration project, youth ministry leadership, and even starting an ecumenical pot-luck dinner church in Syracuse, New York.
Jim earned his Associate’s of Arts from Cuyahoga Community College in Northeast Ohio, attended The University of Akron and Syracuse University, earning bachelors and masters degrees in Social Work, and completed coursework at Yale Divinity School.  He has worked with people experiencing addiction and homelessness.  During the week, Jim currently works in Student Affairs and teaches a sociology class at Gateway Community College.
Jim is married to the Rev. Joe Blotz, Co-Pastor at the First Church of Christ in Mansfield (UCC).  Jim and Joe make their home in West Haven.
Mrs. AMie Simas

Mrs. AMie Simas

Director of Christian Education