Our StaffWestfield's members are its ministers. These are the folks that help them.
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, he was selected as a Leadership Fellow and 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, presiding over its revitalization.
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. Rev. Chapman is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Ministry with a concentration in Biblical Proclamation and Witness at Emory University. He has a passion for visual worship (a topic he blogs regularly about at revjonchapman.com) and married his husband, Greg, in December of 2014 at Westfield.
Ms. Carrie Taylor
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
Minister of Music
Mrs. AMie Simas
Director of Christian Education