Our staff Team

  • Ministerial status

    We were saddened by the departure of our pastor Jocelyn B. Gardner Spenser who recently experienced a change of Call which has taken her in a new direction, transitioning away from parish ministry to further the cause of fighting for racial justice. In Jocelyn’s absence we are fortunate to have our old friend Rev. Kevin Ewing step in to lead us in worship until we are able to Call an Interim Minister. 

  • Reverend kevin ewing


    RevKev is the Associate Minister of Amistad United Church of Christ in Hartford, CT. He is also the Chaplain for the Pequonnock Yacht Club in City Point. He is a member of Ubuntu Storytellers, serves as vice chair of the board of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and was a 2018 recipient of an Arts Award from the New Haven Arts Council. RevKev is a commissioner with the New Haven Economic Development Commission. He is also the founder of Baobab Tree Studios and the podcast network -- BaobabTreeStories.com. In his free time, (when there is free time) he chills on his sailboat.


    Music Director

    Caesar is a life-long New Haven native and musician. He studied music at the Neighborhood Music School and then at Yale College and the Yale School of Music, where he earned his M.M. in Oboe with secondary study of Organ.  Caesar loves being a church music director and has continued this work (more of a calling) along with his administrative duties at Yale as the University's Chief Financial Aid Officer.

  • Jack manages our business operations including our facilities, technology, personnel, financial operations, rental client groups and all the many other (non-pastoral) organizational issues for the church. He began his career as a visual artist and musician. He holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a MFA from Syracuse University. His management expertise derives from more than 30 years working as an Executive Director and consultant for nonprofit arts organizations. Jack brings a wealth of organizational, management, design and planning skills to the UCG team.

  • Nancy manages all our fiscal affairs including: bookkeeping, payroll, billings and the other day-to-day money management issues for the Church.

  • nicole atchison

    church administrator

    Nicole manages our "Front Desk" activities and publishes our E-newsletters and worship bulletins. Originally from the South Bronx, she enjoys all forms of music and is now a member of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus.

  • Will Henton is our man for all seasons! He maintains our two buildings, performs mechanical repairs, installs new equipment and helps with our renovation projects. He is also our "Sunday Sexton" for Worship Services. He's an excellent auto mechanic, plumber, carpenter and electrician all-in-one.

  • Lizzy Stant (she/her) is from Dover, DE and the second youngest of 12 children. She received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience from Swarthmore College and her master's degree in vocal pedagogy from New England Conservatory. She currently works as a freelance singer and voice teacher in the New Haven and Boston areas, along with her position as Digital Administrator at UCG. Her interest with technology came about in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when she noticed how important of a tool it can be to help connect those who feel isolated. Having worked to solve technological problems in music throughout the pandemic, she is excited about transferring those skills to improve the spiritual and communal experiences of current and future members of the UCG community. Along with singing and creating community, Lizzy loves to play field hockey and play guitar.