Staff & Ministry Leaders

The leadership at Oasis is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for our church. If you have questions for any of our staff or ministry volunteers, feel free to reach out and email them [click on their photo] or call our church office at (203) 439-0150.

  • Dennis Ritchie

    Pastor & Elder

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

    -Forrest Gump - there is a beautiful simplicity that he views and lived his life by.

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

    -A free Harley Davidson for everyone who wanted one

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?

    -To see the Northern Lights in Alaska and to travel to Jerusalem and walk in the foot steps of Jesus

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?

    -Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down?

    -Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World by Michael Horton

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?

    -The reality of how much my wife Sandi loves me. I am amazed that I am so lucky!

     

    What are you passionate about?

    -People knowing and understanding how much God loves them and wants the very best for them.

     

    What was your first job?

    -Working on a dairy farm, I had all the dirty jobs. 

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis?

    -Well, since I was part of the team that planted the church my first impression was “This is the most amazing church in the entire world!” And it still is!

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -I cry at the end of Undercover Boss, every time!

     

  • Jim Talbot

    Elder & Board of Finance Member

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?  

    -Samwise Gamgee

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?   

    -I would make cake one of the major food groups

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?   

    -Visit the Grand Canyon; try hang gliding

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?  

    -Romans 8:38-39

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down?   

    -The Fionavar Tapestry trilogy

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?   

    -My grandson, Gus

     

    What are you passionate about?   

    -Making something, fixing something or painting something

     

    What was your first job?  

    -Grocery bagger at Cheshire IGA for $1.85/hr

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis?   

    -It felt like my church home, even though it was the very first service at the Southington Grange

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?  

    -I have had a broken arm, a broken nose, a broken rib, a broken finger and a broken collarbone, most of them from playing softball


  • Mike Gadwah

    Elder & Missions Ministry Leader

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with? 

    -I have no clue how to answer this.

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1? 

    -Religious Persecution.

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?

    -1) buy a bucket. 2) make a list.  (I don't believe in bucket lists)

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?

    -Ephesians 6:19-20   -   Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down? 

    -The Merlin Trilogy by Mary Stewart, specifically the first book, The Crystal Cave.

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”? 

    -The stupidity of the human spirit.

     

    What are you passionate about? 

    -World Missions - Haiti in particular.

     

    What was your first job?

    -Fry Cook and Ice Cream Scooper at a local (since closed) Dairy Bar - Greenbackers' Dairy in Meriden.

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis? 

    -I'm home.

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -When I was in high school, I would take my pet raccoon for a walk - he'd be on a leash and I would be riding my unicycle.

  • Dana M. Brown

    Church Executive Administrator

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

    -Molly Hooper, Sherlock (TV series, not a movie or book).

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

    -I would choose a new leader. I do NOT want to rule the world.

     

    What are two things on your bucket list?

    -Go to a Supernatural convention and meet Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, and Misha Collins.

    -Take a trip to Ireland.

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?

    -Romans 8:39 Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord!

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down?

    -Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?

    -If I can see it, usually a sunset.

     

    What are you passionate about?

    -Helping people.

     

    What was your first job?

    -Southington Library, putting books away.

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis Church?

    -Everyone was very friendly and the fact the pastor noticed my mom and I as new people and made it a point to welcome us was awesome.

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -I was extroverted when I was four. Not sure when it went away.


  • Sue Gerace

    Board of Finance Chair, Small Groups

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

    -Ariel from Little Mermaid

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

    -Food would have to be given away to the needy from stores & restaurants, not thrown away.

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?

    -Give away one million dollars & visit Israel.

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?

    -Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

     

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down? 

    -Leviticus

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?

    -Ocean Scenery

     

    What are you passionate about?

    -Helping people in need (& Sweets)

     

    What was your first job?

    -Waitress, Farm Shop Cheshire.  Used to be located where Bank of America is in the Marshall’s plaza

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis?

    -I was on the original prayer team so, just waited on God for His leading

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -I’m one of 9 children.



     

  • Debra Eccles

    Hospitality:  Coffee &

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

    -Scarlet O'Hara

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

    -Insist that everyone pay it forward

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?

    -Visit Ireland and Spain

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?

    -I don't actually have a favorite

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down?

    -A prayer for Owen Meany

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?

    -Sunrises and Sunsets

     

    What are you passionate about?

    -Trying to make people happy

     

    What was your first job?

    -Car hop

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis?

    -This is a place where I want to be

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -That I would like to own a breakfast and lunch restaurant

    with my sister and oldest friend.  


  • MaryAnn Croce

    Hospitality: Facilities

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?  

    -Jaimie Lee Curtis from "Christmas with the Kranks"

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?

    -Everyone would start off with a clean slate.

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?  

    -Actually make a bucket list then execute the list.

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse? 

    -James 1:19 Everyone be quick to listen and slow to speak because mans anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down? 

    -23 Minutes in Hell.

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?  

    -Sunsets.

     

    What are you passionate about?  

    -My Family

     

    What was your first job?  

    -Bill Collector

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis? 

    -People were friendly

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -I am very sensitive.


  • melissa Rowe

    Children's Ministry

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?  

    -Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia)...her discernment, faith, compassion, persistence, and unwillingness to compromise her beliefs/convictions just to please others.  

     

    If you ruled the world, what would you change on Day 1?  

    -Education.

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List?  

    -Travel more with my family and take more time to smell the roses!

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse?  

    -"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)

     

    What is the last book you read that you found difficult to put down?  

    -C.S. Lewis' "Mere Christianity"

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”?    

    -God, my family, newborn babies, nature.

     

    What are you passionate about?    

    -My family, working with children.

     

    What was your first job?  

    -Right out of college I was hired as the Speech and Language Pathologist for grades K-8 at a Magnet School in Bridgeport, CT.

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis?  

    -Welcoming.

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?  

    -I am DEATHLY terrified of spiders and high, open spaces!


  • Robin freeman

    Women's ministry