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Scott Cady was raised in the Congregational Church in Western Massachusetts. He became a Lutheran during his undergraduate work at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst through the Lutheran Campus Ministry there. After graduating from the Hamma School of Theology at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, Pastor Cady worked for nine years in various aspects of the Mental Health field. He was ordained in 1984 and served the first 21 years of his ministry in Cornwall, CT at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Cady came to Emanuel in July of 2006.
In 1993, Pastor Cady earned his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Hartford Seminary. He is past president of LERN (Lutheran Ecumenical Representatives Network) and has Chaired New England Synod Committees on Stewardship, Social Ministry, Ecumenical Relations and Worship. In 2006, he was sent by the ELCA to be adjunct faculty for the January Term of the Lutheran School of Theology in Philadelphia in Geneva, Switerland. He has published two books with his Episcopal colleague the Rev. Christopher Webber: Lutherans and Episcopalians Together – A Guide to Understanding, and A Year with American Saints, a compilation of 365 daily readings on interesting and influential American Christians. He is married to Amy and has two grown daughters, Liz and Maggie. He loves to kayak a quiet lake at sunrise.
Mary Kathleen (Kathy) Read was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Old Greenwich, CT. As the eldest of four sisters, she rarely had to sit in the dreaded middle seat of the family car. Kathy grew up Roman Catholic, and graduated from Fairfield University, where she earned a B.A. in English.
After college, she went to work in New York City as a copywriter, and then a creative supervisor. When she left corporate life, she continued to write — as a freelancer, which allowed her to move to Cape Cod and work at home while her son Connor was in school. Connor, 19, is now a member of the New York Corps of City Year, 2012-2013. He will be attending St. Olaf in the fall. Kathy is amicably divorced from Connor's father, John, and they remain good friends.
Pastor Kathy "officially" became an ELCA Lutheran in 2001. She attended the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, receiving her Master of Divinity degree in 2011. She was ordained on August 11, 2012, and has been serving as Associate Pastor at Emanuel since October, 2012. She lives in Manchester with two bossy cats.
Minister of Programs
Cindy joined the staff of Emanuel in May 1987 serving as part-time Youth Ministry and Christian Education Director. As an Associate in Ministry, her work has focused on youth and families. Cindy is currently serving as Minister of Programs overseeing all of Emanuel’s Commissions.
Cindy received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut. She was baptized, confirmed and married at Emanuel. She and her husband Randy live in Coventry and have two adult children Crystal and Curtis.
Director of Family Ministries
Christine Carlson spent her childhood in upstate New York. She graduated from University of Hartford with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. Following graduation, Christine worked extensively with special needs children both through her work as an occupational therapist within the Rocky Hill school system as well as with private therapy and clinic-based therapy. Christine joined Emanuel in 2001 and co-lead the youth group from 2002 to 2005.
Christine and her husband, Eric live in Tolland with their two kids, Ryan and Bella Rose and two basset hounds, Molly and Ruby. She was the Co-Director of Family Ministries in 2011 and is now the Director of Family Ministries at Emanuel.
Director of Music
Brett Judson graduated from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York and the Yale School of Music and Yale Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, Connecticut. His organ teachers include David Goode, Wayne Foster, William Porter and Martin Jean. Brett commissioned three choral anthems from the Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) award winning composer, Scott Perkins. Brett received the Barnes Award for Excellence in Pipe Organ from Eastman. He has performed for international audiences via the Hour of Power telecast and American Public Media’s Pipedreams! He recently performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, and in a concert tour of Norway. Brett serves as Director of Music at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, Connecticut.
Assistant Director of Music
Resident of Manchester for 14 years and a member of Emanuel for seven. Anne has a Bachelor's degree in Graphic Design from Keene State College and has worked as a Graphic Designer as well as an Office Manager and Bookkeeper for both for profit and non-profit agencies.
A life-long member of Emanuel, Nancy has worked in the church office as the Administrative Assistant since November of 2003. She has recently taken over primary responsibility for managing membership and financial records. She enjoys working with such a talented staff. She feels blessed to be able to use her gifts and serve her church community in her position.
Prior to her retirement, Lynne Gustafson RN had been Coordinator of School Health Services for the Manchester School System for 31 years. During those years she held several leadership positions; first as President of the Association of School Nurses of Connecticut and then as President of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN). In 1999 she was elected a Fellow in NASN. Through these positions she realized that she enjoyed creating new programs. When Emanuel decided to start a Parish Nurse program she decided that this was an excellent challenge and opportunity for her to blend her nursing skills with her spirituality. In 2004 she completed the Parish Nurse program developed by St Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Through the Parish Nurse program, Emanuel offers parishioners a wide range of health and advocacy programs.