Elders at Stanwich Church

The Elders are elected from within the congregation to assist the pastors and serve the church in the practical, spiritual, and temporal matters of the church body, and oversee and assist in the business and financial matters of the church body and facilities.   There are twelve Elders in total, each serving a three-year term. To contact an Elder please email them by clicking the button below.


We take our direction from the word of God. According to the New Testament, Elders are responsible for the primary leadership and oversight of a church. The function and role of an Elder is well summarized by Alexander Strauch in his book Biblical Eldership:


Elders lead the church [1 Tim 5:17; Titus 1:7; 1 Peter 5:1–2], teach and preach the Word [1 Timothy 3:2; 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9], protect the church from false teachers [Acts 20:17, 28–31], exhort and admonish the saints in sound doctrine [1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:13–17; Titus 1:9], visit the sick and pray [James 5:14; Acts 6:4], and judge doctrinal issues [Acts 15:6]. In biblical terminology, Elders shepherd, oversee, lead, and care for the local church”.

If you would like to connect with an Elder for prayer or counsel you can click on any of the images below.


Velma Baker


Velma has been attending Stanwich since 2018 and has volunteered in several different areas. Velma has lived in Stamford for over 30 years. Her Mom also lives in Stamford with her.

Greg Hartch


Greg has been a member of Stanwich Church for 22 years.  Greg and his wife Christa live in Greenwich.  They have three children: Christian, Annabelle, and Caroline.

Don O'Neill


Don and his wife Melissa have been coming to Stanwich Church since 2013.  They live in Stamford with their two children, Logan and McKenna.

Catie Salyer


Catie has been attending Stanwich with her family for 5 years.  She and her husband, Stephen, have three children: Cece, Averett and Scottie. The Salyers have called Greenwich home since 2012.

Tom Blinten


Tom has been a member of Stanwich for 10 years. He and his wife live in Old Greenwich. Their daughter Ivey lives in Denver and Claire lives in NY.

Claire Daplyn


Claire has been attending Stanwich with her family since 2016.  She and her husband Jon live in Riverside with their three daughters, Amelie, Esme & Eliana.

Dan Walker


Dan has been at Stanwich with his wife Leslea for 18 years. They live in Stamford and have three grown children: Tim, Hannah Doug, and six grandchildren. Dan is the Executive Director of the FOCUS ministry.

Matt Driskill


Matt and his family joined Stanwich in the fall of 2020.  He and his wife Natalie moved to Greenwich in late 2019 from Maryland, after leaving the active-duty Navy and joining the Air National Guard.  They have two young daughters, Reagan and Kathryn.

Jared Kohlberger


Jared and his wife Alexandra have been a part of Stanwich for over 15 years.  They live in Cos Cob with their three children: Jack, Mia, and Hunter.

Gina Smith


Gina has been a Stamford resident for eight yrs. and has attended Stanwich with her two children Tai and Max since 2016.  Max is still in Stamford, while Tai is in Wallingford. with her two children Quency & Quenleigh. 

Elizabeth Wolf


Elizabeth has been attending Stanwich with her family for almost 15 years. She is now an active member of the Student Ministry and Stamford Campus initiative. She lives in downtown Greenwich and loves spending time on the water and in the woods.