David ConnorElissa Johnk , Senior Pastor

Elissa graduated summa cum laude from Wellesley College, and earned her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where she received a presidential scholarship, an award for Excellence in Liturgical Reading of Scripture, and was a Billings Preaching Prize finalist. She most recently served as the Pastoral Resident at the Wellesley Congregational Church UCC, through a two-year grant from the Lilly Endowment's Transition into Ministry Program. Previously Elissa held a ministerial internship at the Old South Church in Boston. She has also served as a chaplain intern, worked with Habitat for Humanity, and as a Fulbright ambassador in Korea. Elissa is originally from Iowa, and has family in Vermont.

Elissa observes the Sabbath on Mondays, and sets aside Fridays for worship preparation. She is regularly at the church Tuesdays-Thursdays. To contact Elissa, email:

David ConnorDavid Connor, Associate Pastor

David, a native of upstate New York, was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1964.

He spent 25 years as a pastor, a college chaplain (Cornell University), an educator, and a pastoral counselor, mostly in Ithaca, NY. In 1991, he, his wife Ann Stanton, and their children moved to East Montpelier Center. He recently retired as co-director of the Lamoille Family Center in Morrisville. Since 1997, David has served as associate pastor of the Old Meeting House.

To contact David, email:


Meet the Minister Gatherings:

What brought you to the Old Meeting House? What keeps you here? What are your hopes for our lives and ministries together? What have you always wanted to know about your minister, but never gotten an opportunity to ask?

In an effort to get to know this congregation and community, Elissa would like to meet with as many members of the congregation as possible this fall. Small groups are a good format for these discussions, and it will be fun to meet in a variety of settings to suit the needs of those involved. Some possibilities are a cookout, an afternoon tea, a potluck dinner, a picnic lunch, or meeting at a coffee shop.

A “Transition Team” has been formed to help set up these events. If you would like to host or attend a get-together, please contact Peter Timpone (, 522-6130 ), Kim Sturgis (, 229-5613), Linda Cueto (, 223-5175, ), or Diana Fielder (, 223-6548).


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