Rev. Carl Hilton Van Osdall, Pulpit Supply Team
Carl is the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Barre, has a part-time counseling practice and is well-known throughout the state for his social justice efforts. If you have not had an opportunity to experience one of his daily 5-minute video reflections, Finding God in the Times of Covid, check out Pastor Carl’s Messages at www.fpcbarre.org. In his free time, Carl enjoys riding bikes in the snow, woods, or on the roads and, during these COVID days, having time with two of his three children who are remote learning. Carl also enjoys playing the guitar and snowshoeing with his wife, Gina.
Kristabeth Atwood, M. Div., Pulpit Supply Team
Kristabeth was a United Methodist minister for 18 years before leaving active congregational ministry to create her own business here in Burlington, Rites of Passage. As a designer of rituals, officiant, spiritual guide and discernment coach, she accompanies her clients through the changes and transitions in their lives. To learn more, visit her website at https://ritesofpassagevt.com/. Kristabeth is also a novice dog trainer. One of her favorite activities is her weekly dog club meetings where she both learns from more experienced trainers and helps those just starting out on their dog training journey.
Frank Sadowski, Commissioned Lay Pastor
Frank Sadowski has been commissioned by the Presbytery to a ministry to the business community. The broad focus of his work is encouraging efforts to humanize the workplace and assist God’s efforts in the business world. His work currently includes teaching business ethics at Champlain College; writing on business ethics and workplace spirituality issues; serving as Chair of the Board of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility; and helping companies develop gender pay equity plans, which he hopes will lead to a methodology that small companies can use to make their pay more equitable. When asked, he speaks to groups on issues related to faith and work. He also leads services for CCP from time to time.
Sophia Donforth, Church Administrator
Sophia Donforth taught middle school and managed a number of administrative aspects of Young Tradition Vermont before joining the CCP staff. She is a dedicated community organizer. She manages the church office and ensures everything is running smoothly.
Her hobbies include folk music and dance – she sings, plays the fiddle and guitar and is a member of Burlington’s Social Band and a frequent contradancer. Sophia lives in Burlington with her husband and two daughters.
Thomas Jones, Pianist
I have played and studied piano since childhood in a rich and wide-ranging music career. From fancy country clubs to jazz clubs and society soirees, from dusty dives and rowdy saloons, from concert halls with symphony orchestras to recording studios, to exciting years playing ragtime on steamboats up and down the Mississippi River system. It is an amazing experience.
Through my life there has rarely been a time I haven’t played in church on a regular basis. How awesome are the great and powerful ways that music brings us closer to God. To play before the Lord has always been a delight and a spiritual fulfillment beyond words. Having recently moved to Vermont from Maine, I am thrilled to have found the opportunity to play for Christ Church Presbyterian.
Lisa Raatikainen, Pianist
Lisa Raatikainen is a pianist, singer and music teacher living in Burlington, VT. She studied music at Middlebury College and has performed with several musical groups around Vermont. In addition to running a private music lesson studio in her home, Lisa enjoys singing with the Vermont Choral Union and continuing her lifelong study of classical piano works.