Meet the Staff
BRANDON PIERCE, Senior Minister, has previously served as a youth minister in Austin, TX until 2014 and preaching minister in Junction, TX before joining the ministry in Stamford. He holds a B.A. in Bible, Missions, and Ministry and an M.A. in Theology from Abilene Christian University. He and his wife, Sierra, were married in 2006 and have two kids: Oliver (7) and Elliott (5). Sierra’s background is in ministry and teaching, serving as the Associate Minister for Spiritual Formation at the University Church of Christ in Austin, and as a middle school science teacher at Brentwood Christian Academy also in Austin.
He tries (often failing) to be a good spouse, father, son, brother, friend, minister, preacher, student, writer, and teacher. As a minister he is interested in serving the church through teaching, preaching, pastoral care, and ordinary friendships. As a scholar he engages in published and presented research in various journals and academic conferences. As a Christian he is interested in finding ways to genuinely and proactively serve the local community, especially with the poor and marginalized. One of his major passions is exploring the relationship between the academy and the church. He would love to talk and support anyone interested in exploring how a passion for truth and scholarship can be effective and even vital gifts for ministry and the church.
He writes a blog about the books he reads at https://apreachersbookshelf.com/
In his personal time he reads less boring books, enjoys video games (old school RPG’s and whatever catches his eye on Steam), hiking with his kids, eating new foods, chatting with friends over good beer, catching up on the Netflix queue with his wife, and maybe someday joining a local soccer league.
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DALE PAULS, Minister Emeritus and Associate Minister, served as Senior Pulpit Minister from September, 1988 to June, 2017. He first joined our staff in 1978 as co-minister and Bible teacher. He is the editor and chief contributor to Stamford Church's newsletter, This Week. He's contributed chapters to Essays on Women in Earliest Christianity, Vol. 2 and The Transforming of a Tradition; his work has also appeared in numerous faith-based magazines and periodicals. He is past president of the InterFaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, and for over seven years has directed a monthly Interfaith Book Club. That book club is now combined with the church book club in a monthly series of Reading in Current Affairs. In 1975, Dale received a M. Th. from the Harding Graduate School of Religion and a M.A. and M.Phil. in Medieval History from New York University in 1992 and 2000, respectively. Dale loves his wife Debbie, sons Marcus and Lucas, daughter-in-law, Cara, grandsons Ezra and Oscar and granddaughter Sylvie. He also enjoys friends, history, sports, movies, politics, theater, music, art, world spirituality, travel, good books and great conversation, but finds his zone in Jesus and tries to make sense of the realm of the Spirit to others.
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EDWARD PLEASANT, Minister of Music and Worship Arts, is a professional singer with national and international credits. A native of Midland, Texas, Eddie holds a B. Mus and M.A. in Vocal Performance from the Texas Tech School of Music. Besides his weekly duties of worship planning, coordinating and leading, he oversees most of the special events at Stamford Church including weddings, funerals and other special-emphasis assemblies and gatherings. He hosts Stamford Church’s highly successful Annual Acappella Christmas Carol Sing-Along with Storytelling. Eddie has conducted numerous workshops for congregations who not only want to improve their singing but also their entire worship experience. He has been a guest worship leader for congregations in New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, Alabama, New Mexico and Texas, to name a few. He has also been a part of the song leading line-up for Jubilee in Nashville, TN. A gifted conductor and arranger, Eddie enjoys bringing our voices together as we praise God in joyful song.
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DEBBIE PAULS, Associate Minister, works with newcomers to find their place within the community of faith. By explaining the mission of the church and its various ministries and matching those needs with the interests and talents of the individual, she guides people to a meaningful expression of their faith. Within that capacity she also organizes various ministries, such as the outreach to the Homeless Shelter, the annual blood drive, Thanksgiving food drive and various children’s programs and fellowship opportunities. With a Master’s degree in Social Work and a psychotherapy private practice (LCSW), her therapeutic gifts are often called upon to help various members with relational and crisis situations in their lives. Debbie is married to Dale; they have two grown sons, Marcus and Lucas, daughter-in-law Cara, grandsons Ezra and Oscar, and granddaughter Sylvie. Currently, being grandparents gives life a special excitement. Debbie enjoys opening her home to people for meals and fellowship; at times their home offers refuge to houseguests for weeks or months. Debbie feels fortunate to have work that combines her faith in Jesus, uses her God-given talents and brings together the people that she loves.
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SANDY HOGAN, Church Administrator, has been a part of the administrative team since 2011. In addition to Sandy's administrative duties in the office, she curates Stamford Church's Facebook page, adorning it with beautiful images to accompany daily and seasonal posts and the iconic Morning Prayers composed by Dale Pauls. Sandy is an award-winning photographer and she enjoys the distinction of having her images published.
Sandy is a graduate of the Thompson School of Applied Sciences at the University of New Hampshire, receiving an Associates Degree in Applied Animal Science. She has a special heart for all God's creatures great and small. She currently shares her life with a menagerie of animals that fill her home and heart with joy...as well as LOTS of work! Her varied collection of animals include 2 dogs, 2 cats, 8 ferrets, 3 sugar gliders, 2 pacific parrotlets, 2 bearded dragons, 3 leopard geckos and an African Grey parrot (in a pear tree!). Her affinity for all things furry, feathered or scaly, began long ago, while growing up on a small backyard farm in Massachusetts, where her family had a horse, a herd of dairy goats, chickens, rabbits, ducks, geese and pigs...not to mention a handful of barn cats, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, gerbils and a large fish tank of colorful fish! Their house seemed to be the place that local people would come to when they found a stray animal or had to get rid of any animal because they knew that her family would either find a good home for the animal or it would just become part of the family farm. A trained, certified and highly sought-after pet-sitter, Sandy is regularly entrusted with other peoples' pets caring for and loving her clients' animals in their homes.
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VERONICA GREEN is not only the Church Custodian, a service she has been providing since 2006, she also participates in church life in a variety of other ways. She taught the Wednesday night pre-school and elementary Bible classes; at first, she served as an assistant teacher, eventually becoming the main teacher. She remained in this role for five years. Veronica has also taught children's Sunday morning classes as well. While her own children were small, she was an assistant teacher, concentrating mainly with the Nursery Class. Veronica was also involved in the Homeless Shelter Ministry, where she has volunteered as both a preparer and server since its inception. She participated in the Buddy-Mentor Program for five years.
Veronica moved to Bridgeport from Jamaica in 1988. It was at that time she became a member of the church. She is the mother of three grown daughters. Her daugter, Keisha, is a college student; her middle daughter Shaun, who is the mother of Ayden, one of Veronica’s three grandchildren. Veronica’s eldest daughter, Gillian, lives in Waterbury with her husband, Shane and they have two children, Shawn and Giovanni.
During her leisure time, Veronica enjoys reading (she’s been a regular member of the church book discussion group since it started in 2005), going for walks, and meeting friends for coffee –preferring face-to-face contact to phone conversations.