Rev. J. Michael Cobb, Pastor

Pastor Michael has a passion for studying, preaching and teaching the word of God, with a particular focus on reaching society's most marginalized. He also serves as Chaplain to the Rowayton Hose Company, 

Michael is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Yale Divinity School. He lives in Danbury, Connecticut with his wife and two sons, and is passionate about justice, faith, music, comics, cooking, good tea, and his wife and two sons (not always in that order). 

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Brandi Hayden, Choir Director Emerita

Brandi has been serving Rowayton United Methodist Church as music director for some 30 years.  She brings her passion for choral music to her direction of the Adult Choir, as well as Junior Choir.  With husband Bill, Brandi is co-founder of the Good Folk Coffee House, a monthly venue for a variety of folk artists hosted here at RUMC.

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John Dunkerley, Organist

John joined the Rowayton United Methodist Church staff in 2009, and the organ hasn't been the same since.  John's career has spanned musical theatre to sacred music.  He is a performer, teacher, and composer, bringing all those gifts to bear in the congregation.  John lives in Rockland County, NY with his wife Harriett and their daughter, Rosella.

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Lauriston Avery, Director of Five Mile River Nursery School

As a devoted member of RUMC, Lauriston was a founding parent of the Five Mile River Nursery School in 1987.  Under her leadership, the Five Mile River Nursery School first became NAEYC Accredited in 2000.  She serves early childhood programs in Norwalk as a member of the Norwalk Early Childhood Council, working on Transition to Kindergarten, and Professional Development programs for area children and early childhood professionals.  She has served the church as chairperson of the Life and Ministry Council, choir member, Certified Lay Speaker and Lay Member to Annual Conference.

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Sue Broadhurst, Administrative Assistant

Sue joined the Rowayton United Methodist Church staff in 2011.  She formerly served in this capacity with our neighbor congregation, East Avenue UMC.  Sue is a resident of Norwalk, where she can be found proudly supporting her grandchildren at all their activities.

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