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.

  • Kristine Landry

    Church Executive Administrator


    What movie or novel character do you most identify with?

    -I've been told The Little Engine that Could.  "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"


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

    - I liked Dana's answer...I'd choose a new leader, I don't want to rule the world!


    What are two things on your Bucket List?

    - I would like to walk the span of the Golden Gate Bridge (which, if you keep reading, you will see is amusing.)

    - I would like to be able to take my mother and sister to Ireland to do some genealogy research.


    What is your favorite Bible Verse?

    - 1 Corinthians 13:13 - And now these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love; but the greatest of these is Love.


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

    - Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand


    What makes you stop and go "Wow!"?

    - Watching my boys grow up into young men


    What are you passionate about?

    - My family


    What was your first job?

    - I scooped ice cream at an arcade called Pips in Madison


    What was your first impression about Oasis?

    - I was won over by the leaders I met during the interview process.  We were able to laugh and have serious conversations together - there was a very nice balance of getting work done and having some fun as well.


    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    - I am terrified of heights (and spiders) and I bungee jumped blindfolded and backwards off the tower!  


  • 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!


  • Matthew Planeta

    Welcome Breakfast

    What movie or novel character do you most identify with? 

    -Danny Roman from "The Negotiator"

     

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

    -People with more than 20 items in the "20 items or less line" at the store would be immediately removed

     

    What are two things on your Bucket List? 

    -Have a cabin overlooking a lake on a large piece of land in Alaska and Travel the world trying different cuisines

     

    What’s your favorite Bible verse? 

    -James 1:2-4 - Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

     

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

    -Scott Pratt Series

     

    What makes you stop and go “Wow!”? 

    -Wildlife and Nature

     

    What are you passionate about? 

    -Cooking and Food and coaching softball

     

    What was your first job?  

    -Friend and I had a lawn mowing business.  First job with a w-2 was dishwasher

     

    What was your first impression about Oasis? 

    -I would come again

     

    What might someone be surprised to know about you?

    -Don't like heights


  • Melanie Eaton

    Nursery