Cheryl has been a part of Church in the Acres for over 40 years. She came to the church with her family when she was in the second grade. She filled the role of secretary while Rev. Gage Hotaling was pastor before taking time off to raise a family. After her children were grown she returned to the full-time position of administrative assistant in 1999. As administrative assistant Cheryl runs the church office, manages the church calendar, works with the many community groups using our facilities, is responsible for the editing and printing of all church publications and much more. In addition to her position of administrative assistant Cheryl enjoys participating in the choir, hand bell choir, and helping with the gardening around the church.
As Director of Music at Church in the Acres, Cathy directs the adult choir, leads the musical portion of Celebration I on organ and piano, coordinates the music program in cooperation with the pastor and the handbell choir director. Cathy recently retired from years of working as a middle school music teacher and choral director. She lives in Westfield and enjoys spending time with her grown children and grandchildren, gardening, singing, the beach, and the symphony.
Director of Contemporary Worship
Mike has been serving in various aspects of contemporary worship at CIA since 2004. As a musician, he has been playing various instruments since the 5th grade, including but not limited to brass, flute, guitar, bass and drums/percussion. Basically, if it makes noise, Mike will figure out a way to make it sound like music. As director of contemporary worship since 2011, Mike has been responsible for the musical and overall technical direction of the contemporary service, worship team development, and management of community outreach from the contemporary worship perspective. He has also been involved in college ministry by bringing contemporary worship to the local college scene. Like any other ministry engagement, it is both a calling and a passion, and has become one of the key pieces that define who Mike is.
Handbell Choir Director
Jeff directs and leads our handbell choir in Celebration I and other times of celebration in the life of the church. Jeff has been a part of Church in the Acres since the 1970ís. He lives in East Longmeadow with his wife, Beverly and their two grown daughters. Jeff is an accomplished classical guitarist and enjoys playing and singing at local clubs and fundraising venues. He is employed at Mass Mutual.
Ric is busy making CIA look good. When he is not doing that. He enjoys hobbies including making a lot of Sawdust. Additionally his thumb is very green. He loves to help things grow.
Joanne is a charter member of the Church in the Acres Church School. She is a long-time member of our Womenís Ministry Circle. She lives in Springfield and is employed by J.C. Penney. Joanne enjoys traveling, the beach, her nieces and nephews, and several types of crafting.