Every baptized person is a minister here because we all share the responsibility of being the Body of Christ. But we also have professional ministers who work to organize our mission and ministries.
Pastor Tom Kent
I think it should feel good to be part of the church. We gather to celebrate God’s promise of forgiveness, love and a new lease on life. I continue to be excited about the ways we get to love God by loving others whether it’s feeding the hungry, walking with the poor, homeless and those in recovery with our partners in the city or working with our SOS Ministries of food, social service and assistance. I believe it is more important to have questions than it is to assume we have all the right answer. God is not meant to be defined or understood as much as God is to be known, felt and experienced in the same way we know those who we love.
My wife Ruth and I have two grown daughters and one grandson. We live just west of Sussex near Merton. I swim laps almost every day and commute to work on a bike when weather allows. When I’ not working I enjoy my giant garden (some say it has its own zip code). I also enjoy fishing and hunting with my two labs and pretty much anything outside.
Kim Lewin is the Director of Education and Youth Ministry. She grew up in the area and graduated from Hartland Arrowhead High School. Kim has spent 27 years in children, youth, education, and family ministry in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. She has been married to Keith for 16 years and together they have 5 children. They have three grown daughters who are married and have children of their own; Samual is in 7th grade and Alexandra nicknamed Xandra is in 4th grade. They live in Hartford and enjoy spending time with family, being outside swimming, fishing, biking, and playing games!
Music Ministry (Keyboard/Organist)
It is a blessing and privilege to be a part of such a vibrant congregation, which is very supportive of music ministry. I have been coordinating and playing music at COS for many years and find great joy in working with so many talented musicians to enhance worship. My husband and I are the proud parents of three wonderful young adults. When not at church, I work at a local elementary school and enjoy camping, biking and eating Japanese food.
Music Ministry (Choir Director)
My children and I have been members of COS since 1992. I became the Choir Director in 1999 and also share the position of Music in Ministry Director. I truly enjoy working with my choir; we are like extended family to each other. As a group, we love bringing a “joyful noise unto the Lord” to enhance an already great worship experience. It’s a pleasure to work with Pastor Tom and the staff. There’s never a dull moment putting a worship service together. I feel blessed to be a part of such a wonderful , warm and giving congregation. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my kids participate in their sports, having friends over for wine, and being a “backseat judge” of American Idol.
Music Ministry (Band Leader)
I have been the COS Vision band director for the last ten years. It has been a rewarding experience for me. I have had great support from the pastors and staff to present newer music to our church. It has also been rewarding to work with many of the students, and to see them grow into adulthood.
Sandy Hollnagel has been our Church Office Manager since January, 2008. She is energetic and well organized. We love having her as a member of the church and our staff! Sandy is also our chief bookkeeper, tracking our bills and keeping giving records of our members. Sandy is a devoted mother of two sons. She and her husband have lived in Sussex since 1996 and are originally from La Crosse, WI.
Dennis keeps our church clean. He comes in twice a week to keep things looking nice for everyone who comes through our doors.