Our staff and leadership team are here to help you get connected and to grow in your walk with Jesus. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.
Office: 401.884.8632 x111
I am originally from Wheaton, IL, but actually grew up in various parts of the country including Wisconsin, California and Colorado! I've been married to my amazing partner in life, Carrie for 32 years. We have a son Michael (married to Kelly), a daughter Rachel (married to Rob…who also happen to have our fabulous grandson, Demetrius), and a daughter Katie.
I received my Bachelors of Music degree at Colorado State University, in Ft. Collins, CO and went on to receive my MDiv. from Denver Seminary in Denver, CO. I have pastored in Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, Missouri and am now happy to be serving in Rhode Island! The best part of my job in ministry is listening to people's stories and seeing lives truly transformed when people connect with the God who loves them. When I'm not working, I love to kayak, hike, read, travel and hang out with our kids.
Pastor of Discipleship & Leadership
Office: 401.884.8632 x126
I am married to Dean Lavornia, whose job is only one letter difference than mine (pastor-pastry) and we have two adult children, Brittany and Benjamin. We live in Narragansett, RI and I received by M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Seminary (C.U.M.E.). What I enjoy most about working at Christ Church is when people extend me the honor of allowing me to walk alongside them during both stressful times and joyous times. When I have free time, I love to spend it at the beach, Beavertail or in the sea (swimming, sailing, kayaking)! I also love constructing and collecting things for Terrariums and Pottery.
Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries
Office: 401.884.8632 ext. 115
I have been married to Ashley since 2014 and we welcomed our daughter, Skylar, into the world in 2018. I was born and raised in Littleton, CO and got my B.A. in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Colorado, followed by an M.Div in Leadership from Denver Seminary. My passion is to see students’ faith shift from just something they do to defining who they are.
I love John, the beloved disciple, because he is a non-linear thinker like me. I've just recently moved to RI and we are excited about exploring all the natural beauty and amazing restaurants. In my leisure time, I love to watch rugby, draw, spend time with my family, and go for drives.
Director of Worship Arts
Office: 884-8632 x112
Originally from neighboring Connecticut, my wife, Shannon, and I are thankful to call Christ Church and the area around the Central West Bay our new home. I graduated with a B.S. in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University, am a graduate of the 10,000 Fathers Worship School, and have recently completed a M.A. in Worship from Northern Seminary. I am excited to continue to get to know the family at Christ Church, and love to see people take steps toward freely and readily worshiping God for all that He is and for all that He has done. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with with my wife, family and friends, trying new restaurants, and exploring new areas!
Interim Director of CCKids
My full time job is with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as the coordinator of Greek Ministry throughout southern New England. I am from Jamestown, RI and have a BS in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Rhode Island. I stepped into the interim position of Director of Ten25 first, while the church searched for a Youth Pastor, and have now stepped up to lead the CCKids ministry while the search is on for a permanent CCKids Director. The best part of all of these jobs is seeing students come to know Jesus! When I'm not working, I love to surf, cook, spend time with friends/family, go to the beach in warm weather and go skiing when it's cold!
Office: 401.884.8632 x152
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, our 2 dogs, and 12 chickens. I really love summer campfires, boating, ice cream, listening to K-Love, and going on local adventure drives with my daughter. I love nature, and peaceful times praying and reading. I originally hail from Overland Park, Kansas and attended Johnson County Community College, LaBaron Beauty School, National Association of Realtors. Best part of my job at Christ Church is having the opportunity to see others grow in their walk with Christ, and connecting with others through gatherings, small groups, and events.
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Office: 401.884.8632 x119
I am a widow and grandmother with 2 children and 3 grandchildren. I grew up in Newington, CT and received a BA from Univ. of CT and an MS from Univ. of RI (biological oceanography). Later in life I returned to school to take graphic design courses which led me to my job at the church. I love to connect people with the person or information that they need to flourish at Christ Church and in life. When I'm not working, I love to go kayaking in the summer, ride my horse, work on stained glass or spend time with my grandchildren.
Office: 401.884.8632 x123
I live in Coventry, RI with my husband, our horse, goats, chickens, cats and dog. I love working with such a wonderful staff. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and best friend, Jonathan, along with our 13 grandchildren. Extra activities include horseback riding, gardening, sewing, knitting, hiking, bicycling and getting away on our Goldwing.
Scott Thurber, Chairman