Meet our Staff
At Westbrook Congregational Church, we are proud to have an exceptional staff who work tirelessly to serve our community. However, we also recognize the invaluable contributions of our volunteers, who selflessly give their energy to support our mission. Together, we are able to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us.
Rev. Jeanette Cooper Hicks grew up in a Roman Catholic family, where faith and spirituality played a central role in her life. Her first call was to teach elementary and then college students. God had plans, which led her to seminary and ordained ministry. A lifelong learner and avid reader, she studied at Vassar College, Western Connecticut State, Union Theological Seminary, Louisville Theological Seminary, and Boston University Theological Seminary. She is a native of Philadelphia and married into the Navy, which moved her family around the country. She served at Saint Matthews UMC in Louisville, Trinity UMC in NC, East Parish Church in MA, and The United Churches of Durham in CT. She became our pastor at Westbrook Congregational Church in the fall of 2022. She serves as the Westbrook Fire Department Chaplain and Moderator of the Middlesex Association Executive Committee on Ministry. In addition to congregational ministry, Pastor Jeanette is a certified Spiritual Director and Hospice volunteer. She loves to feed people, travel, and take long walks. She and her husband, Al, have eclectic music tastes and attend many live concerts. They live on the shoreline of Connecticut with their four children and a wonder dog, Jack, in a house often full of visiting friends and family.
Director of Christian Education
Becky Stambaugh comes to Westbrook Congregational Church with over 25 years of professional experience working with children and youth in public schools and in ministry. She has served as a children’s minister, youth minister, and confirmation teacher from Hollywood, CA, to Guilford and Westport, CT. Over the years, Becky has been invited by the Southern New England Conference to teach workshops, assist other churches needing Christian Education support, lead confirmation retreats, and facilitate a Community of Practice for CE and Faith Formation colleagues. She founded Creative CE Solutions, a ministry that works with local churches to help inspire, create, and renew. She leads our Westbrook children in Sunday School and faith formation and leads the Shoreline Youth Group, which serves Essex, Old Saybrook, and Westbrook Congregational Churches.
Savannah Curro joined the WCC staff in the summer of 2023. She graduated from the Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, where she earned degrees in both Organ Performance and History. She is a current student at the Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Savannah’s playing has been featured on National Public Radio’s Pipedreams radio program, and she has performed at venues including the Methuen Memorial Music Hall and King’s Chapel. As a church musician, Savannah has served a wide variety of denominations. Most recently, she directed the music programs at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Hawkinsville, GA) and St. Andrew’s-by-the-Sea Summer Chapel (Rye, NH).
Our choir rehearses on Thursday nights and Sunday mornings. We welcome singers of all experience levels who love making music for the Lord. This lively group of singers has the best seats in the sanctuary. The choir is partners in worship from September to June and takes a summer hiatus.
Karen has been our Church Office Administrator since 2014. She is the backbone of our day-to-day operations. Karen wears many hats at Westbrook Congregational Church including scheduling events, managing church membership, and as Pastor Jeanette’s lifeline. Karen has been a member of our congregation for many years. She and her family are Westbrook residents and very active in our local community. Contact Karen for questions about our services and events, or to rent our Fellowship Hall. Our Church office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 am-1:00 pm.
Jan has been our fabulous volunteer church treasurer for 16 years! She is a handbell ringer and a member of our choir. She is a constant cheerleader for our town and church. Jan gives generously of her time in many aspects of our community life, always with a warm smile.
David is a longtime resident of Westbrook and our handbell choir director. He has been a member of Westbrook Congregational Church since 1999. You can often find David at the beach or out riding on his much loved Vespa. Our handbell choir rehearses on Fridays. There is no experience necessary, only a willingness to learn this wonderful way of praising God. Contact David for more information about our handbell choir.
Pastor of Casa De Misericordia
Pastor Edward is our partner in ministry. He leads a Spanish-speaking congregation, Casa De Misericordia (House of Mercy), that worships with beautiful music and high energy in the sanctuary on Sundays at 2:00 pm. While they are their own distinct congregation, Pastor Edward and his congregation are very much part of our WCC team, our mission, and our ministry.