We are seeking a part-time (25-30 hours/week) minister as a peer and partner to Lead Minister, Reverend Carter Via.

Interested parties may contact Lisa Michalski, Search Committee Chair, at search.talmadgehillchurch@gmail.com
For more information, please review the Search Committee documents: 
Report to the Congregation from February 25
Church Profile
Position Description

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Rev. Carter Via


Carter was born in North Carolina and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He attended Wake Forest University for his undergraduate studies and Princeton Theological Seminary for his Masters of Divinity. From 1987-92, he served as the associate pastor at The Reformed Church in Bronxville, NY; then from 2004-08, he was the senior pastor at The White Plains Presbyterian Church.  

Between his service at these two churches, Carter founded and served as the Executive Director of Bridges to Community, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide relief  and development work in Nicaragua.  More recently, Carter founded Crossing Thresholds, an organization building schools in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya.

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Rob Silvan, Director of Music


Rob was born in New York City and raised in New Rochelle, NY. He received undergraduate degrees in English Literature from Iona College and in music from Mercy College. For forty years he has been teaching piano lessons to young people and adults covering styles from classical and blues to popular and improvisational.  He has made seven cd’s as a leader including Beneath It All and The Breathing of the World.  In 2004 he founded Kids Empowered By Your Support (KEYS) which provides piano, violin, cello, guitar, winds and brass lessons to Bridgeport school children who cannot afford them.  

He has been Director of Music and a member of Talmadge Hill Church since 1995.  Echoing Talmadge Hill’s worship style, Rob offers music that is inclusive, personal and expansive and features both traditional church hymns as well as music sung to the words of artists such as Rumi, T.S. Elliot, Robert Frost, Pablo Neruda, Emily Dickinson and W.B. Yeats.


Rev. Susan Page Townsley


Susan grew up as an “Army Brat,” all over the US and Germany, and was educated at Smith College and Harvard Divinity School. She was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 1991 and has served churches in Maine, New York, Connecticut, and Mitaka, Japan. Since 1999, Susan has served as a consultant to congregations throughout the Connecticut Conference of the UCC. From 2002-2009, she served as Regional Minister with responsibilities including conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, leadership coaching and leadership search.

In 2016 Susan took up support for THCC’s women’s ministry and strategic planning in preparation for our 150th year. In 2017 she expanded her availability as a part-time minister alongside Carter.  Susan also now serves the UCC Connecticut Conference as Associate Minister for Innovation, Leadership and Change. Wherever she serves, Susan’s ministry seeks to “welcome the Spirit” in connecting the practice of forgiveness and the ability to change.


Debbie Previte, Administrator