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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, NY and Schenectady, NY. Pastor Hayes earned degrees from Hope College,  Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Hartford Seminary.  He has extensive experience in social justice and peacemaking, nationally and internationally, as a leader and board member for many ecumenical and interfaith organizations.  He has served on various committees for the American Baptist Churches USA, Alliance of Baptists and the Baptist World Alliance.  In June 2011, he received the Edwin T. Dahlberg Peace Award from the ABCUSA . He is married to Wendy Hayes who is the administrator at Mystic River Homes. Their daughters are Emily (Chris) Jones, Rebekah Hayes, Jenny (Jon) Ney, and Brenna Sansom.

 

Music Director

Erin Wyman is the Music Director at Noank Baptist Church, where she provides music for weekly worship, rehearses and conducts the youth choir, and accompanies the senior choir.  For the past 15 years, Erin has maintained a successful piano and clarinet studio in Connecticut, teaching approximately 15 weekly private lessons.  As a pianist, she has accompanied many professional recitals throughout Connecticut, and has served as the regular accompanist for Old Lyme school choirs.  Prior to the births of her sons, Erin taught full time in the Canterbury, CT public schools as the choral, general and instrumental music teacher for Pre K-8th grade. As a clarinetist, Erin has performed professionally with the Danville (IL) Symphony Orchestra and the Champaign-Urbana (IL) Symphony Orchestra. Erin has a Master of Music (MM) degree in performance from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s Degree (BM) from the Crane School of Music (State University of New York at Potsdam) in both Choral and Instrumental Music Education, double majoring in piano and clarinet.

 Senior Choir Director

Dr. Richard Wyman is Senior Choir Director at Noank Baptist Church, where he rehearses and conducts choral works for weekly worship services, coordinates special musical events, and serves on the church’s Worship and Arts Committee. During the 2015-2016 season, he helped facilitate a variety of artistic experiences for congregants, including musical collaborations with puppetry, dance, and a variety of guest instrumentalists. 

Throughout 25 years as a professional conductor, concert host, producer, performer, and/or teaching artist, Wyman has enjoyed connecting people with music in creative and innovative ways. He has developed, hosted, and/or conducted over 400 concerts with the U.S. Coast Guard Band, including acclaimed “Young People’s Concerts” for 6000 students annually (resulting in a special 2015 article for the Music Educators Journal). Wyman founded and oversees a program where Coast Guard Band chamber ensembles present interactive assembly programs in Southeastern Connecticut elementary schools, reaching over 50,000 students since 2000. He has served as the CG Band’s producer for eight commercial recordings, two White House “Pageant of Peace” PBS specials, and has brought over ten acclaimed guest conductors and composers to New London, CT, including Leonard Slatkin in 2008. In the 1990’s he worked at the forefront of a now burgeoning “teaching artist” movement, as his saxophone quartet developed large communities of music lovers in Moultrie, GA and Paintsville, KY, through year-long National Endowment for the Arts rural residency grants. This work resulted in a feature story on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and four White House performance visits (including special performances for President William Clinton, senior staff, and Mr. and Mrs. Gore).

Wyman holds the military rank of CWO4/BNDM4 (Chief Warrant Officer/Bandmaster) and is the Assistant Director of the U.S. Coast Guard Band (based in New London, CT and the official musical representative of the Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security), originally joining the service in 1998 as baritone saxophonist. He maintains professional memberships in the Conductors Guild, American Choral Directors Association, World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, and College Band Directors National Association. Wyman earned a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree in Conducting from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Music from the University of Illinois, and Bachelor of Music degrees (Performance and Music Education) from the Eastman School of Music.

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Director of Children & Family Ministries

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 Spiritual Director. She has been actively involved in children's ministry as a Christian educator and children's choir director. 

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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! 

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Church Sextons

Frank Lewis

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.

Vera Neuman

Vera is both a part-time Sexton at the church and lead teacher in the NBC Day Nursery School. She is also an avid musician, teaching piano lessons and is an energetic presence throughout the meeting house. She lives in Groton along with her son Robin.

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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.

 

Director of Co-op Youth Ministry

Courtney Assad is a native of Mystic, CT, now living in Pawcatuck. Courtney has grown up attending Union Baptist Church since she was ten years old, shortly after she was baptized and became a member of the church. She participated in the youth group at UBC throughout middle and high school. Courtney currently is the Ministry Team Coordinator for Union Baptist Church’s recurring ‘Breakfast on Baptist Hill’ program, for which she is responsible for coordinating volunteers and purchasing supplies. Additionally, Courtney serves as the Ministry Team Coordinator for Union Baptist Church’s participation in the annual Mystic Irish Parade and coordinates the Church’s First Responders Sunday & Chili Cook-Off events annually. In her full time profession, she is the Administrative Assistant at the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT, for which she manages the Chamber’s membership database, assists in membership recruitment efforts and event planning, and helps ensure that the Chamber office runs smoothly and efficiently. In addition to her work at the Chamber, Courtney is an active member of the Young Professionals of Eastern CT, participating in and staffing events; and was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Groton Community Meals. Courtney earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a specialization in Accounting from Stony Brook University in 2014.