United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry
Sunday, July 23, 2017
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Our Staff

Our Pastor. . .  Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Bentum - started at Gales Ferry in July 2015. Originally from Calais, ME, Pastor Tom has a BA from West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary.  He worked in campus ministry with the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in various capacities for twelve years before becoming a pastor.  He most recently served as pastor of Gray UMC in Caribou ME and his previous appointments include churches in Fairfield ME, Lancaster NH and Jefferson NH. Tom and his wife, Deneane, have three grown children, daughters Hannah and Rebekah and son Peter, and one grandchild.

Director of Worship Arts. . .    Joy Lamb – Joy has been a member of UMCGF since 1984, serving as Assistant Music Director.  In 1989, her position changed to Director of Music and in 1999, she became Director of Worship Arts. Joy is passionate about helping members find a way to express their faith through the arts. With a variety of programs, she strives to help everyone find a niche in the Worship Arts at UMCGF.

 Joy is active in The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts, having served in many leadership capacities on the local, jurisdictional and national levels.  She has served as a clinician at jurisdictional and national events, served on the National Convocation Worship Design Team for 2011, served on the National Council 2011- 2015, and currently serves on the editorial board of WorshipArts magazine.

Joy is also active at Ledyard High School where she directs “Premier”, an auditioned women’s a cappella ensemble.  Joy also serves as the Assistant Drama Coach at Ledyard High School where she assists with a major musical each spring.

Joy teaches piano and voice in her private studio. Joy graduated from The College of Charleston, South Carolina, with a degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education.

Joy is married to Mark Lamb and they have one daughter, Angela Joy.  They are very active in the arts ministries of UMCGF, as well. Many major arts projects are designed and installed by Mark and Angela Joy. Angela Joy is pursuing her Master’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music in New York City where she studies Opera and Classical Voice.

Director of Children’s Ministries. . .    Joanne Moorehead – Joanne joined the Gales Ferry United Methodist Church in 1981 soon after moving to CT.  At previous churches she volunteered as a youth leader, children’s choir director, and Sunday school superintendent.  In Gales Ferry she quickly became involved with the UM Players and the choir.  She was asked to work with the children’s music in the Sunday school, a program she continues to lead today.  Joanne holds a BS in Elementary Education and is a CT certified Head Teacher in Early Childhood Education.  For 20 years she taught the United Methodist Child Care Center 4/5-year-old class.  She jointed the staff at GFUMC in May 2009 as the Director of Children’s Ministries.  Joanne has been part of the Jubilation Dancers liturgical dance choir since their inception.  She is an originating member of the Hand bell Choir.  She is also active with the UM Quilters and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.  Joanne is married to David Moorehead, a social worker and Director Emeritus of the Waterford Country School.  They have three children, David, Kimbie Sprague married to Justin, and Katie; and five grandchildren, Ainslee, Brady, Colby Annie, and Molly. 

United Methodist Child Care Center Director. . .    Carol Hammer – Carol was raised in Staten Island, NY, and graduated from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, with a B.S. in Psychology. She earned an M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Carol has previously taught Special Education. In the early 1970’s she founded the United Methodist Nursery School. She expanded the program to include “at risk” toddlers in the mid 1980’s and started the summer fun program around the same time to provide continuity for the “at risk” students. She expanded the program in 1997 to include childcare in anticipation of the move to the Christian Life Center that was completed in 2000. The United Methodist Child Care Center (or UMCCC, its current name) currently has over 110 students from 24 months to ten years old and is staffed by eighteen teachers and aides. The program operates from 7 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday. Carol is married to Art Hammer (who serves as the UMCGF treasurer). They are the proud parents of five grown children and the grandparents of two.

Office Manager. . .    Marcia Miller – Marcia became the Office Manager in September of 2011, prior to that she worked in banking for 9 years as a Senior Teller at The Savings Institute in Groton.  Marcia has an AA degree in Accounting from Palomar College in San Marcos, California. 

Marcia is the director of The Jubilation Dancers at our church.  This group dances in church as often as possible, and is a major part of the annual Christmas concert.  They have danced at the General & Annual Conferences of the UMC and at other area churches.  The Jubilation Dancers were established in 1991 and are made up of members of our church and other churches in the area.

Marcia is very active in the church Worship Arts programs.  She sings with the Chancel Choir and Contemporary Ensemble, rings with the handbell ensemble, and is part of the drama ministry.  She is Co-Director with Joy Lamb of the UM Players.  Marcia has been a Lay Leader and has served on the Fellowship team. 

Marcia has been a dance teacher at The Dance Extension for 32 years and she is the Advisor for the Junior Company, a part of the Community Dance Ensemble which performs throughout southeastern Connecticut.  Marcia was the Secretary/Treasurer for the Sacred Dance Guild for 10 years.  She has been on the Faculty for two Sacred Dance Guild Festivals and she has been a clinician for the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship Arts at both regional and national convocations and for Worship Arts Week in Asheville, NC.

Marcia is married to Ron Miller, a retired naval officer who works for Sonalyst, Inc. They live in Gales Ferry and have one son, Charlie, who is a police officer in Willimantic, CT and a daughter-in-law Colleen (Corrigan) who works at Hartford Hospital and also teaches dance.  They have lived in Gales Ferry since 1983 when the Navy moved them here from California. Gales Ferry

Head Organist...  Jake Troy  - Jake is an active pianist, organist and choral conductor based in Connecticut. He has accompanied numerous choral and instrumental ensembles, soloists, festivals, workshops, musicals, performed in chamber music settings throughout the area, and is on staff as Choral Accompanist for Old Saybrook Public Schools. Jake is currently Organist and Choral Accompanist at The United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry, playing for religious services and accompanying multiple choirs under the direction of Joy Lamb. Previously, Jake served as Organist and Director of Music at The First Congregational "Road" Church in Stonington, Connecticut where he directed the choral ensemble and played services for over six years. He holds membership with the American Guild of Organists and American Choral Directors Association. Jake also serves as accompanist for the community choral venture Tono Dolce based in Gales Ferry, Connecticut. He was invited to participate with CONCORA during their 2014 Summer Festival as both a baritone and pianist.

A seasoned accompanist, Jake began playing for choirs at an early age while studying piano under Royden Wilkinson, and has collaborated with a wide variety of ensembles and soloists throughout his college and professional career. He has also played a number of weddings, funerals and other religious ceremonies across the region. In addition to his piano and organ work, Jake has taught music and directed numerous choirs at various levels in the public school setting, and regularly serves as accompanist for multiple public and private schools throughout the area.

Jake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University where he studied piano under Dr. Linda Laurent, choral music and conducting under Dr. Pamela Perry, and music education under Dr. N Carlotta Parr. During his tenure at CCSU, Jake was a member of the highly acclaimed CCSU University Singers, and performed with the group as a baritone during a concert tour of Spain in 2011.

Aside from his music work, Jake is active as a Volunteer EMT and 911 Dispatcher, and enjoys technology and running.