Pastor

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.

Director of Children & 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

Music Director

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.

Administrative Assistant

Gloria Marshall is our Administrative Assistant. She was born in Noank, living for three years on Wilbur Court. Gloria is a member of the extensive Burbine family of Noank. She moved all the way to Old Mystic, then Mystic, attended Mystic Academy (which is now a retirement home!) and graduated from Fitch Senior High. Gloria soon married. She supported her boys as Cub Scout Den Mother for four years, and Brownie Leader for six months. She moved to Maine in 1970 and 13 years later, moved back “home” to Mystic and is currently living in Groton. Today, she is the proud mother of six (five boys and one girl), grandmother to twelve and great grandmother to six! Gloria enjoys handwork, spinning her own yarn, knitting or crocheting works of pleasure, as well as gardening and an avid reader! As longevity is a long suit in her family history, she may be here awhile!

Church Sexton

In his own words, Frank Lewis was born and dragged up in Noank, as the son of Lee and Joe Lewis. Frank joined the Noank Fire Cadets in 1971, the Fire Company in 1974. Presently he is the Captain of the Noank Fire Police and Steward of the Noank Fire Company. A busy guy, Frank also works for the Noank Water Company and of course at Noank Baptist Church as the Sexton. Yes, that’s Frank that you see often as “the NFD tee shirt guy” smiling, waving, and greeting people coming into Noank during the summer.

Minister Emeritus

Reverend James L. Pratt served Noank Baptist Church for 37 years, retiring to Chislehurst, England in December 2000. He led the Church on new outreach ventures, especially emphasizing the local elderly and individuals in need, and was well known throughout Southeastern New England for his keen intellect and commitment to justice. Jim was instrumental in the founding of the Noank Baptist Group Homes (High Street  & Main Street Houses) for adolescent girls, the Church Street House for a family with AIDS & Mystic River Congregate/Homes providing senior living facilities.