Rev. Christopher Solimene, Pastor Pastor@Avon-Church.org
From an early age, Chris felt comfortable rallying all ages of people for meaning filled experiences. Baptized Catholic, raised Lutheran and having worked with youth in Episcopal and Baptist settings before serving in ordained ministry for the UCC, Chris embraces the value of his ecumenical background. Through his teens and ever since, he has produced and directed family-friendly musical theater, founding two theater companies along the way. With an undergraduate degree in Visual and Performing Arts and film studies, Chris never strayed too far from creative ventures. A kaleidoscope of career experiences include the educational publishing industry, drama director for Haddam Killingworth Middle School, Youth Minister at Bruton Parish Williamsburg, VA, a singer for Colonial Williamsburg and in recent years, ministry focused on youth while working as a Screen Actor’s Guild audiobook narrator.
Chris completed a Cooperative MDIV program from Hartford Seminary and a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School. He has worked in various CT UCC churches in such roles as Director of Youth and Family and Associate Minister. Ordained in 2018, he started serving Avon Congregational Church in 2018. He and Kent make their home at the parsonage in Avon and at their 18th century ‘farmette’ in Killingworth, where gardens, chickens and Gus the goose fill the hours. They also love visiting historical sites, to travel near and far and to spend any time possible with grown children, Kirsten and Scott. Life is full and journeying in faith with the people of Avon is a great joy for Chris.