WOODMONT UCC STAFF
Rob Schwartz has been attending Woodmont UCC since he was in 6th grade. Over the years, he has served on the Christian Education Committee, Deacons, PPR, Council, and the Communications Committee. He currently teaches our 4th-7th grade Sunday School class as well as co-leads the Youth Group. Rob is a “member in discernment” with our church and is studying to become an ordained minister with Lexington Theological Seminary. He continually strives to bring his energy and fresh ideas to Woodmont UCC’s various programs and is excited to see what the future has in store for our church.
Sandy Steady has been a member of the Woodmont United Church of Christ since 1983. She has served on many Boards and Committees over the years as well as on two Pastoral Search committees. Christian Education and teaching Sunday School have been a main focus throughout her years at Woodmont. Sandy has recently completed another three-year term on the Board of Christian Education. Her greatest interest and desire has been to teach Sunday school. As a Sunday school teacher for over 24 years, she continues to offer Christian education in a fun, creative way to children in grades K – 3rd. Meeting the children at their level, while sowing the seeds of God’s word in their lives, can only enhance their faith formation. Discovering God’s word.Now retired, Sandy also volunteers at the Milford Library, the Literacy Center of Southern Connecticut and the Woodmont Volunteer Library, where she plans weekly and special event programs, as the Children’s Coordinator for the library.
The Reverend Kimball (Kim) Cartwright came out of retirement to join WUCC as Interim Pastor in March 2016. A pastor for 47 years, Reverend Kim grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Middlebury College, Vermont. Reverend Kim served congregations in: Stratford, Bridgeport, Windsor, Orleans (Cape Cod, MA), West Haven, and Norwalk (Interim).
His decision to serve at Woodmont United Church of Christ was based on what he observed. He witnessed the congregation’s “passion and exciting expression of faith.” He added, “Worship is kept alive in music and [actual] worship service, [plus] the informality, lots of energy among members, and wonderful spirit. As a smaller congregation, everyone knows each other. And out of that, can come wonderful discernment for God’s will for the church to be here.” Reverend Kim continued, “The congregation has a character of warmth and intimacy as they do mission together, prayer together, sing, and celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ together. Woodmont United Church of Christ reaches out to the world in Christ’s spirit, seeking to love others as God loves us.”
Reverend Kim’s preaching style brings ideas down to earth and demonstrates practical applications of biblical insights with stories, illustrations, and humor.
While in retirement, he and his wife Pat, a former registered nurse (hospital, hospice, home care, and teaching) served as full-time volunteers in the United Church of Christ’s Partners in Service program. They did two 6-month placements at the Menaul School, Albuquerque, New Mexico where they taught a semester of Biology together, and three long-term placements in the homeless shelters of Meeting Ground, Elkton, Maryland. He also assisted churches with pulpit supply, vacation/ sabbatical coverage, and interim pastorates.
Reverend Kim and Pat have been married for 49 years, with four grown children and two grandchildren.
Becky Baker, the Administrative Assistant at Woodmont United Church of Christ, is a committed member of the staff. A life-long Christian, she believes that we can all use our gifts and talents to serve our Lord, our church, and the greater world. Becky brings the gifts of organization, efficiency, compassion and faith to her job in order to build up the Body of Christ here at Woodmont UCC. It is through cooperation and great communication that ministry happens, and she hopes to help facilitate that. In her home church, Becky has been strengthened in her Christian walk by participating in weekly bible study, choir, bell choir, youth group advisory, mission work, and by leading various committees throughout the years. She feels blessed that God put her in the position to serve Him, both personally and professionally.
Diane Razzaia is the lead teacher in the Woodmont United Church or Christ's Nursery. After studying education at Sacred Heart University, Diane became a special education teacher and later ran a residential day program.
Currently, she works as a private special education teacher and is the leader of her granddaughter's Girl Scout Troop. Active for more than 40 years as both a leader and a coordinator, she also involved in the community as co-chair of Connecticut's Haunted Hike.
The United Way of Milford recognized Diane in 2016 awarding her the "The Nurturing Children Award" for her service to the community. Diane has developed a curriculum for our nursery school that emphasizes choices and structure integrating story time, crafts, snack, and music and movement.
Mackenzie Lynch is the assistant teacher in the Woodmont United Church of Christ's Nursery Program. Baptized at WUCC, Mackenzie has been involved in our church her whole life and enjoys being able to give back and volunteer as an assistant teacher. She considers herself a "big child" who truly loves to play, dance, and sing with the little ones. She still enjoys using play doh and getting her hands covered with glue and glitter. Mackenzie is a high school student at Jonathan Law that plans to study criminology after graduation.