The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Hayes came to Noank Baptist in April of 2004. He is a third-generation Baptist pastor, having previously served pastorates in Suffield, CT, Rochester, New York and Schenectady, NY. Originally from southern Maine, Pastor Hayes earned his undergraduate degree from Hope College, a Masters in Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his doctorate at Hartford Seminary.
& Family Ministry
Susan Robinson is a deeply spiritual person and brings her life long love of children to her position. She wants children to have creative opportunities to not only learn about God, but to experience God's love in the world and with the people around them. An open imagination inspires Sue to look for new ways to invite people to engage in fellowship and conversation.
Sue is the mom of 3 young adults, Adam, Brandon, and Heidi and has a special place in her heart for individuals with special needs. She holds an Associates Degree in Christian Education from Hartford Seminary and is a Certified Spiriitual Director. She has been actively involved in children's ministry as a Christian educator and children's choir director. Currently, Sue is a patient volunteer with Hospice of Southeastern CT.
Youth Ministry Coordinator
Kristen Negaard O'Brien is a people oriented, dynamic professional, who employs a variety of skills to assist in the design, development and delivery of programs. As Youth Ministries Coordinator she has successfully build a ministry of youth grades 6 - 12 who support and trust each other. With the support of the youth and their two churches the Co-Op Youth Group of Noank and Poquonnock Bridge Baptist Churches is stable, and growing toward a strong future!
Kristen has been a member of Noank Baptist Church since 1995. Since that time she has served on a variety of boards and committees. She was called by the congregation to be a part time Youth Ministries Coordinator in August of 2004. Kristen and her husband reside in a seaside cottage in Noank. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL with resident studies at the University of Oslo, Norway. Qualifications earned include Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Kristen’s rowing and rowing coaching since 1976 has earned several state, regional as well as national honors. Contact: Kristen Negaard O'Brien
Reverend Linda Lozis earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ/Church Music at Stetson University in Florida and her Master of Church Music degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kentucky. She holds a certificate in choral studies from Cambridge University of Cambridge, England. Linda was ordained to the ministry in 1982 in Fort Dodge, Iowa and served as Associate Minister and Director of Music at the First Baptist Church there. She also served as Associate Minister at the Scarsdale Community Baptist Church in Scarsdale, NY and at Union Baptist Church in Mystic, CT. After an 8-year stint at Pfizer as an Executive Associate exploring the corporate world, she is presently teaching Middle School music fulltime at Pine Point School in Stonington.