Bruce A. Miller



Bruce Miller assumed the role of Pastor of the First Congregational Church on June 4, 2012.  

Education: Springfield College. Springfield, MA
> Bachelor of Science, Community Recreation
> Masters of Education, Community Development
> In Process: Master in Divinity, Hartford Seminary Co> op Program

Support Services, Cromwell High School, 2007 > 2012
> created and implemented In> School Suspension Program, EIP trained
> developed and implemented Credit Recovery Program serving 183 referrals in year one
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> authored two articles for Principal Leadership and Board of Education journals
> created and initiated Student Recognition program, PBIS trained
> initiated and developed Freshman Academy year> long transition program
> created in> service learning program
supervised online learning pilot program via Odyssey> Ware
> created and managed Safe School Climate Plan for high school

Executive Director. Meriden YMCA 1989 > 2007
> developed strategic plan for decaying inner> city YMCA
> capital campaign and program grants total over $10,000,000
> managed design and construction phase for new YMCA facility
> recruited, trained and supervised staff of over 100 employees
> wrote state grant for child> care facility, $500,000

Director of Christian Education, Center Congregational Church, 2005 > 2012
> bring leadership to Sunday> school teachers and curriculum
> supervised teen youth group and developed family programs
> wrote two successful grants supporting Parish Nursing program
> led worship in pastor’s absence

Mahackeno Director, Westport YMCA 1977 > 1989
> strategic planner for day camp operation transformed to year- round outdoor center
> budget growth from $250,000> $l,100,000
> sustained program growth for day camp, teen trips, family services and outdoor education

Activities and Honors:
> 1986 YMCA “Program Director of the Year”
> “Builders Beyond Borders,” 20 year mission trip leader and advisor
> Ed Walsh Little League and Meriden Girl’s Softball League Coach


Barbara Mase
Director of Music

Barbara Mase is a native Pennsylvanian. She has degrees from the Boston Conservatory of Music (BMusEd), the University of Hartford (Masters in Public Administration) and Hartford Seminary (Master of Arts: Congregational Studies). She has served as Minister of Music in churches in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Barb worked in the Music Industry in Nashville as a Concert Manager and has performed with such Christian recording artists as Tom Netherton (with the Lawrence Welk show), Cynthia Clawson, and Ralph Carmichael (author of “Pass It On”). She also worked as consultant with the Bill Gaither Music Association. Barb has been the Director of Music here at First Church since 2005 and has loved every minute of it!


Kristen Miller-Bucholz
Director of Youth Christian Education

Kristen graduated with a Bachelors degree in English in 2010 and has been working a variety of jobs ever since. She currently is the Counselor in Training Program Director for the Meriden YMCA and works as a paraprofessional in a very busy Autism program at Washington Middle School here in Meriden. She started as the Youth Christian Education Director at First Church in the summer of 2012.

I have been working with children in all different settings for as long as I can remember.  Supporting, motivating, and loving the children in this town has certainly become a passion for me. I am looking forward to my role here at First Church; it truly seems like a strong community and I am happy to be a part of it.”


Meg Hamilton
Office Administrator