Meet Our Team

The Meetinghouse is a place for people of all ages who are committed to the land, creative expression, and sustainability.

Meet the special people who make it possible.

Community

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Deborah Rundlett

Director, Pastor, and Coach

Deborah Rundlett is director of the Meetinghouse and pastor of Ridgebury Congregational Church. Debbie is passionate about the spiritual formation of people of all ages and committed to reclaiming the Commons for Ridgebury. When not at the Meetinghouse, she is either facilitating strategic planning for purpose-driven organizations, coaching cohorts or leading global conversations toward the flourishing of people and planet. 

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Jim Pelgrift

Storyteller

Jim Pelgrift is the Meetinghouse storyteller, who loves people and their stories.  He has always had a passion for community and in particular the arts.  He believes that the arts—music, literature, and visual—are essential not only for the care of soul, but also as an intentional social practice for our times.  The act of creating bears witness to our shared humanity and need for prophetic imagination.

Farm & Food

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Heather Cochrane

Farm & Food

Heather Cochrane is a Biology teacher with a passion for the environment. This passion led her to develop a hands-on curriculum for children and youth to connect with the earth and learn how to grow things. The Farm at Ridgebury is committed to permaculture: that is integrating land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies. She also is our Moderator!

Wellness

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Lessley Burke

Wellness

Lessley Burke is an artist and goldsmith. She is founder of the Gilded Lynx, a jewelry and metal arts studio and school in Ridgefield, Connecticut. She is also a certified yoga instructor whose journey through heart surgery led her on a life-changing experience of healing. It is this journey that informs The Meetinghouse vision for wholeness of body, mind and soul.

Arts

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B. Fulton (Barb) Jennes

Poet in Residence

Read more about Barb on the Arts page!

 

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Clarice M Shirvell

Artist in Residence

Read more about Clarice on the Arts page!

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Rori Shapiro

Artist in Residence

Read more about Rori on the Arts page!

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Sara Vokes

Music Director

Sara Vokes, Music director, found her way to The Meetinghouse through serendipitous grace. From singing opera to teaching voice, to directing choirs, she creates the space for people to bring their whole selves: in worship, in fellowship, in healing, in service. Whether at concert, in
worship, as a student, or on retreat, Sara engages the whole person in the journey!

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Charlotte Camillos

Office Manager
How does the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and a contemporary art gallery prepare one to become a part of the Meetinghouse team?  Given the importance of the arts at The Meetinghouse, this experience is essential.  Add to that a Greek husband (who died of cancer in 2017), 15 years in Brazil where two children were born, and the building of a home on Mopus Bridge in Ridgebury, and you have just the right combination of experience to serve as office manager.
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Carole Bishop & Heather Thomas

Sextons
For Carole and Heather, their calling as sextons is grounded in the care of people and campus.  Through their ministry of hospitality, they provide a place for the community to gather for spiritual formation, learning, service, and fellowship.  Working as a team, they play a vital role in ensuring that the Meetinghouse and Shields Hall are clean and welcoming.   
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