MIKE VOIT, LEAD PASTOR
Mike and his family began their ministry at EWC in July 2016. Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Mike met his wife Gena at Houghton College where they both received their undergraduate degrees in ministry. They were married in September 2007. Brooke, their beautiful and energetic daughter, came along in March 2011. Their son, Brayden, was born in May 2017. Rounding out the family are Abbie, their 11 year old black lab, and Bethany Sparkles, their cat.
Mike and Gena have passionately committed themselves to sharing and embodying the overwhelming grace and love of God. Mike has served in ministry for eleven years and recently received a Masters of Divinity graduate degree from Wesley Seminary. Gena earned a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Counseling through Liberty University in 2013. Although Gena has served in several capacities in the Christian non-profit world; most notable was her service as the Director of Bridge Builders, a counseling and mentoring organization which served low-income, single parent families.
Mike very much enjoys joking, drinking coffee, sarcasm, reading, humor, fishing and watching every Buffalo Sports Team never live up to expectations. When Gena isn't telling Mike to stop crying about sports, she loves to bake, do anything arts and crafts and enjoy the deliciousness of chocolate. But all of this pales in comparison to being with and enjoying their daughter, Brooke and son, Brayden.
KAREN O'DONNELL, KIDZ DIRECTOR
Karen was born and raised in Stafford Springs, CT. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Athletic Training from Central Connecticut State University as well as an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from the University of New Haven. Karen grew up attending EWC and was very active in the church as a child. Her mother and father were both very involved, especially in kids ministry. In 2008, Karen married her husband, Ryan, and they now have two children, Grayson and Shelby. Karen enjoys running, spending time with her family, traveling and anything beach-related. Over a year ago, Karen felt the desire to become part of the EWC Kidz Ministry as her own child was entering the program. She felt the desire to want to give back to the church everything she received as a child. Karen is a very devoted leader with a huge heart for leading children and helping them grow in their faith.
JASON BOUCHER, WORSHIP DIRECTOR
Jason is a proud father of three sons. He has been attending EWC for 5 years. He enjoys being outdoors and traveling. Presently, he works in the mental health field with at-risk children and adolescents in Hartford. Jason grew up singing in church from a young age has been in various worship ministries since college. Not only does Jason bring experience, but he brings both passion and commitment to leading the congregation to encounter God through worship. He exemplifies the heart of all leaders at EWC; worship isn't about performance, it's about the heart. Jason has been serving in this role since August 2018.
DEIRDRE HANN, OFFICE MANAGER
Deirdre is the Office Manager of EWC. She performs a variety of administrative tasks and carries out a variety of behind-the- scenes duties to assist Pastor Mike with the ministry of the church. She also greatly assists with organizing special events. In addition to working as the office manager, she is also a committed member of the church’s worship team. She and her family have been attending EWC for over four years.
Deirdre is married to Aaron Hann and they have two children, Nina and Adam. Her family resides in Ellington. When Deirdre is not at the church, she is very involved volunteering at her children’s school. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader for a large group of fifth graders.
Deirdre loves music, theater, dancing, crafting and most importantly, spending time with her family - especially going on weekend camping trips. She is also a lover of all things Disney.