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Bridge Minister:
Reverend Dr. Donique McIntosh

The Rev. Dr. Donique McIntosh is the Bridge Minister at Center Church. Prior to Center Church, she served as the Minister for Racial and Relational Justice Team Leader for the Southern New England Conference of the UCC, where she led the Conference’s efforts to eliminate racism, heterosexism, and gender oppression; oversaw the environmental, health and wellness, and legislative advocacy ministries; developed curricula and trained facilitators. Dr. McIntosh has also served at churches in Tennessee, Illinois, and Massachusetts.

Dr. McIntosh is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and is a proud graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt Divinity School, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. You may email Pastor Donique at

Director of Music/Organist:
Robert F. Gilbert

Robert F. Gilbert is Director of Music/Organist of Center Church, where he directs a choir made up of professionals, college choral scholars and seasoned volunteers from the 4 manual 63 rank Austin organ.   Bob oversees the church’s Music and Arts Concert Series, which hosts the Annual Greater Hartford Handel’s Messiah Community Sing, which he founded in 2006.  As a church musician for over 40 years, Bob has served as Director of Music/Organist at UCC churches in Wallingford, Connecticut and Longmeadow, Massachusetts, as well as serving as Interim Organist at Hartford’s Asylum Hill Congregational Church. Prior to his work at Center Church, Bob was the Director of Music and Organist at Trinity Methodist Church in Windsor, Connecticut (2001-2017), where he  directed a comprehensive music program including graded vocal and handbell choirs for children and adults, a contemporary music team, and a concert series.   Bob is a native of New Jersey and a three-time winner of the American Guild of Organists Biennial Organ Competition. Bob and his wife Eileen have three adult daughters. A resident of Windsor, Bob is a public school administrator and serves as the Superintendent of Schools in Woodbridge, Connecticut.  You may email Bob at

Brenda Russell

Brenda Russell joined the church staff in the summer of 2019, following an extensive career in managing bookkeeping for a variety of organizations.  Originally from Jamaica, Brenda brings expertise and grace in all she does.  She and her husband, Michael, live in East Hartford. Brenda works in the church office Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am-2:00pm.  You may email Brenda at

Thomas St. Amant

Originally from Louisiana, Tom St. Amant is a long-time member of Center Church and serves as Sexton both during the week and on Sundays. Tom was employed by Cigna before retiring several years ago.  He and his wife, Sally, live in Hartford, and are frequent babysitters for their two granddaughters, Violet and Olive, who live with their son, Brendan St. Amant and daughter-in-law, Shirley Hwang, in the Boston area.

Housekeeper/Sexton Assistant & Sunday School Administrator

Ileia Belton is a long-time member of Center Church. In addition to keeping our Church House immaculate and tidy, she is serving as our current Sunday School Administrator. She lives in Hartford with her two daughters, Xyon and Isys, and also serves on the Faith Formation Team.  You may email Ileia at

Sunday Meal Program Coordinator:
Carrie Howe

Bio soon. You may email Carrie at