OUR LEADERSHIP AND STAFF
On May 3rd, 2020, the Congregational Church of Vergennes called the Rev. Elliott Munn to be their settled pastor, marking an exciting new chapter in the life of the congregation.
Wonderstruck at how God unexpectedly shows up in his own life, Elliott devotes his ministry to helping others find God in theirs. A storyteller at heart, he enjoys weaving the simple moments of everyday life into his preaching. As a lover of the outdoors, he routinely turns to skiing, boating, and hiking to renew his spirit.
Elliott is a graduate of Bowdoin College and Yale Divinity School. In 2015, he was ordained and began his ministry as the Associate Pastor of First Church in West Hartford, CT. When his spouse, Elizabeth, accepted a call as the Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury in 2019, he followed her north and served as the Transitional Pastor of the Waitsfield United Church of Christ.
Elliott and Elizabeth currently live in Middlebury, and they are so excited to be ministering in Addison County. Don't hesitate to connect with Elliott via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He loves meeting new people, collaborating for justice, and welcoming folks into the church community.
Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator
Rev. Liam Battjes-Greenwood (“Liam”) is an ordained pastor, special educator and SEL Leader (Social and Emotional Learning). He currently teaches SEL at Middlebury Union Middle School and lives in Vergennes on the banks of Otter Creek. Liam began in Youth Ministries and Christian Education in 1986, was ordained within the Reformed Church in America, pastored a church in Upstate New York (where his two kids, Lydia and Luke, were born), worked as a Camp Director, a Pastor in a Congregational Church, a Family Ministries Leader in Australia and a teacher of students with Special Needs. Over decades of leading programs for children and youth he has written musicals based on children’s literature, led canoe trips to wilderness areas, organized trips for high school students to the Taizé monastery in France, coordinated family camp and retreats in the Adirondacks, offered storytimes in the park and with the local library, contributed as a writer to Seasons of the Spirit curriculum, volunteered in communities of Native Americans and worked with environmental groups to develop walking trails. He came to Vermont so he could marry Mike Greenwood (also a special educator and hiker) and enjoy life here between the Adirondacks and the Green Mountains. Liam loves biking, hiking, playing games, reading, writing poetry, drinking coffee and walking his dog, Flapjack, around town.
Liam has a BA in Art Education and Psychology from Grand Valley State University in Michigan, a Masters of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary in Michigan, a Masters in Special Education from Flinders University in South Australia, and a Professional Teaching License here in Vermont.
Liam will be balancing teaching with his work at Vergennes UCC. He is planning on being available Tuesday and Wednesday (4 to 8 p.m.), Saturday (9 to Noon) and Sunday (8 to Noon) — these times may change as programs develop. You can contact Liam through his email email@example.com or by phone 802-349-4860.