Faith Exchange

Bridging Church and Community

Join us on April 19th at 7pm for our conversation with Chief Fox.

A New Conversation

Faith Exchange is a new series of conversations between our pastor, the Reverend Dr. Greg Gray and various community leaders. Each of these sessions will introduce the different leaders to a wider audience and use faith as a point of departure to speak to our work in the community. Here in the church we use the words of Christ to motivate our work. What is it that motivates everyone else. We are truly interested!

Here’s How It Works

The Community

We’re inviting individuals who hold significant positions in the community to come and have conversations.

The Church

For more than three centuries we’ve been at the heart of this community, and we believe that staying in conversation together is more important than ever!

The Conversation

This series of conversations will invite us to bridge divides and deepen relationships across our community.

Alaric Fox, April 19

Alaric Fox, April 19

Enfield Chief of Police

 

Chief Alaric J. Fox was sworn in as the 15 th Chief of the Enfield Police Department on March 12, 2018. Chief Fox entered into service with the Enfield Police Department after a 24-year career with the Connecticut State Police. During that time has worked as a Patrol Trooper, a Resident Trooper, a Training Academy Staff Instructor, a Patrol Sergeant, a Resident Trooper Sergeant, and as a Sergeant in the Legal Affairs Unit on the Commissioner’s Staff. In 2004, Chief Fox was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, thereafter serving as the Commanding Officer of Troop “C” Tolland, and later as the Commandant of the State Police Training Academy. In 2010, Chief Fox was promoted to the rank of Captain where he served as the Commanding Officer of the Bureau of Selections and Training and later as the Commanding Officer of the Professional Standards Unit. In 2011, Chief Fox was promoted to the rank of Major where he served as the Chief of Staff to two State Police Colonels. On April 1, 2016, Chief Fox was promoted to the position as Colonel of the Connecticut State Police and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, a position that he held until his retirement from state service.

Chief Fox began his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Willimantic Police Department, serving in this capacity for seven years, and as an FBI Agent, serving in this capacity for two years. Additionally, Chief Fox was employed for a two-year period as an attorney in private practice, specializing in a variety of labor and employment law matters. Chief Fox has lectured across the country, over the past twenty-two years, to a wide array of law enforcement and collegiate audiences, in subject areas including Criminal Law, Careers in Criminal Justice, Police Civil Liability, Labor and Employment Law, and Police Criminal Procedure. Additionally, he has worked as an adjunct instructor at two of Connecticut’s community colleges for the past eight years.

Chief Fox holds a Bachelor’s Degree, cum laude, in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration from the University of New Haven, and a Juris Doctor Degree, magna cum laude, from Western New England University School of Law, having additionally studied for one semester at Cambridge University, Cambridge, England. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Virginia, as well as the FBI National Executive Institute. In his spare time Chief Fox has completed eighteen (and counting!) marathons, twice breaking the elusive three-hour barrier.

 

 

Tom Arnone, May 17

Tom Arnone, May 17

State Representative

 

Tom Arnone is a first-term State Representative serving Enfield’s 58th district. He served as a member of the Public Health, Planning and Development, and Regulations Review Committees in the 2019 legislative session.

Prior to his legislative role, Arnone served as a four-term councilman during which he committed himself to improving opportunities for children. He is co-chairman of the Health and Wellness Enfield Youth Commission. Arnone has also served on both the Board of Education and Finance Committees.

Arnone is the Founder and President of Kids First children’s charity which works with at-risk youth to provide safe after-school activities and filming community events. The charity also renovated the youth center kitchen to provide cooking and nutrition classes. Arnone devoted over ten years to coaching the Thompsonville Little League’s softball and basketball teams.

Arnone pursued his education through the distance learning program at California State University, Sacramento College of Engineering and Computer Science. He is a lifelong resident of Connecticut and lives with his wife, Janice.

 

 

Carol Hall, June 7

Carol Hall, June 7

State Representative

 

State Representative Carol Hall proudly represents the 59th General Assembly District covering East Windsor and Enfield.

For the 2021 and 2022 legislative sessions, Rep. Hall who is entering her third-term, will serve as Assistant House Leader within the House Republican caucus, having been appointed by House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora.  She is also a member of the Appropriations, Public Safety, and Planning & Development Committees.

Raised in a military family, Carol moved around for much of her childhood. Her family eventually planted roots in Enfield when she was in high school and has been a resident ever since.  Carol attended Eastern Connecticut State College where she majored in social work.

In 1985, Carol married her now husband, Fred, and have been blessed with one daughter, Heather, and two sons, Zachary and Wes. Carol’s military roots have proved evident throughout her life as her husband Fred served in the Army, and her son, Zachary currently serves in the Connecticut National Guard.  Carol and Fred have embarked on another journey, having become grandparents to five grandchildren, a set of twins and a set of triplets.

For the past thirty-four years she has been a Realtor for Century 21 AllPoints Realty.

Before her time as state representative, Carol always devoted herself to public office having served for 13 years on the Enfield Town Council. In addition, she’s also served on the Enfield Ethics Commission, Enfield Building Committee for the Elementary Schools and Junior High, Enfield Republican Town Committee, General Government Sub-committee for the council and the Insurance Sub-committee for the council.

Carol has been a fixture in Enfield and East Windsor.  Her life, business, and community experience combine to give her a unique ability to be the voice of the 59th District in Hartford.

 

 

Claire Hall, June 21

Claire Hall, June 21

ERfC Executive Director

 

Claire has been Executive Director of Educational Resources for Children (ERfC) since 1995.

Over the past 26 years, Claire has developed Out-of-School Time programs for kids and families in the partnership with the Enfield community. Today, ERfC not only provides a safe place for children in grades K-8 before and after school, but also includes school day remote support during the COVID-19 pandemic at the new Distance Learning Center. Other programs managed by ERfC includes the Summer Lunch Bunch, Vacation Destination, and Afterschool Adventures. Every day, Claire works with a renewed sense of meaning and motivation as she helps to mold ERfC to drive positive social and academic results for the children they serve.

Claire has over 35 years of experience in Non-Profit Management and Development. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban Education, an Undergraduate Degree in Communications, and experience in entrepreneurship development. Claire is a former elementary school teacher, news reporter, and feature writer.

Claire is passionate about learning, researching, exploring and developing new opportunities. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing, exploring new locations with her husband, Rick, sharing experiences with her two young granddaughters, gardening, and visiting with friends and family.

 

Scott Ryder, July 19

Scott Ryder, July 19

Board of Education

 

Scott Ryder has been on the Enfield, CT Board of Education since November 2017, where he serves on multiple (sub)committees including BOE Leadership, Policy, Joint (Town & School) Facilities & Joint (Town & School) Security Committees…among others. Scott serves as the PTO Coordinator for Enfield Public Schools, where he has worked hard to increase communications – and to promote events and activities – for schools and their families by creating and managing enfieldpto.com (online) as well as EnfieldPTO on Facebook – and other social media outlets.

Scott & Bridget Ryder moved to Enfield, CT in 2012 with their two young children, now in Grades 7 & 4. In September 2013, when their first-born started Kindergarten, Scott started volunteering in Enfield’s schools. He was on the Hazardville Memorial School PTO for 6-years, Eli Whitney PTO for 5-years, and has been on the JFK PTO for 2 years. Scott helps coordinate several annual fundraisers through Enfield’s schools, including “PJ Day for Kids (CCMC),” Wreaths Across America, and through his work on events with 2Moms on a Mission. He graduated KITE’s Parent Leadership Academy (2014) and helps coordinate their annual “Enfield Town Wide Tag Sale.”

Scott was introduced to Enfield politics through his participation on the Mayors Advisory Council (2015-2017) under former Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin. He utilized his new contacts in Town to help Hazardville Memorial get their new playscape, though it took longer than he, or the students had planned on! Through projects like this, he has proven that he wants to help Enfield.

When not volunteering, Scott enjoys activities with his family and he’s an avid runner with +100 organized races completed since starting to run in late 2009. He has completed 21 marathons in 17 different U.S. States and 3 triathlons. He also founded and directs an annual family-themed race, “HMS FUN Run Day,” at an Enfield elementary school. His daughter loves to dance and act – and his son loves watching movies with his dad – and of course, he loves playing video games. 

Upcoming Community Leaders

 

John Kissel, State Senator 

Gina Sullivan, Independent Party

BoB Cressotti, Councilor at large

Kathleen Souvigney, Enfield Food Shelf Executive Director