Our Team


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Cary Schmidt

Senior Pastor

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Cary has served in full-time pastoral ministry for 29 years, has authored twelve books, and has served as Senior Pastor at Emmanuel since 2012. He and his wife, Dana, have enjoyed 29 years of marriage and ministry together, and have enjoyed raising three children—Lance (27), Larry (24), and Haylee (18). The Schmidts are passionate about introducing lost hearts to Jesus and discipling new believers in a healthy church.

Derrick Williams

Assistant Pastor, Adult Ministry

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Derrick joined the pastoral team at Emmanuel in March of 2013, after serving for five years in local church ministry. He and his wife, Darci, have been married for ten years, and they have been blessed with three children—Titus, Micah, and Alana. Derrick provides oversight of the outreach, follow-up, adult education, and care ministries of Emmanuel.

Lance Schmidt

Assistant Pastor, Youth, Music, Media

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Lance joined the pastoral team at Emmanuel in January of 2013. He and his wife, Hillarie, have been married for five years and are blessed with twins—Chad and Charleigh. Lance leads the worship ministry, student ministry, and the media ministry of Emmanuel. He teaches the Elevate Bible Study for teens each Wednesday, and a student group on Sunday.

Steven Montepeque

Assistant Pastor, Discipleship

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Steven joined the pastoral team at Emmanuel in 2014, after serving for ten years in Georgia. He and his wife, Amanda, have been married for 13 years and have five children—Emily, Steven, Ella, Samuel, and Silas. Steven leads Continue Discipleship and also directs the College and Career, Seniors, and Missions ministries of Emmanuel.

Jon Riopel

Assistant Pastor, Administrator of ECA

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Jon joined the Emmanuel team in August of 2010, after completing his graduate work. He and his wife, Laura, have been married for 11 years, and have been blessed with twins—James and Isabella. Jon serves as the Administrator of Emmanuel Christian Academy and facilitates financial oversight of the church and school ministries.


Assistant Pastor, Children’s Ministry

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Sherwin joined Emmanuel’s pastoral team in July of 2015. He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 14 years and have been blessed with four children—Dominic, Charlie, Zoey, and Isabelle. Sherwin leads the children’s ministries of Emmanuel, oversees security and facility teams, and teaches part-time at Emmanuel Christian Academy.

Our Team


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Glenda Methvin

Office Manager

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Ashlee Dickerson

Pastor’s Assistant

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Kinzie Penachio


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Hillarie Schmidt

Communications Secretary

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Amanda Montepeque

Brent Burhoe

Media & Technical Ministry

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Membership Secretary

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Office Assistant

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Newington, CT 06111

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