Carmen, who was raised a Catholic, took his religion very seriously. He enjoyed reading stories in the Bible. In 1986 with his wife Diane, they attended the Congregational Church in Prospect to raise their children. Carmen became active in the church and became a Deacon and also a youth leader. One of his gifts is the ability to listen and help people. People would often joke that "he should wear a collar". Carmen's calling began with a dream about a deadly accident which totally turned his life around. It was a Congregational Minister that was able to explain what it meant. His faith grew stronger from that. Throughout the years Carmen has had some heath related issues, in which he has felt the presence in God pulling him through. Carmen says that his spiritual journey, with the help of Rev. Dr. Phyllis Norman has grown stronger, and not realizing that this was the beginning of her mentoring him. After a serious health issue that caused him to be hospitalized for over a month, Carmen found himself, his faith , and his journey growing, Rev. Dr. Phyllis continued to mentor him. Over an 8 year period, she saw his faith growing and felt that he should pursue ministry. Due to health issues, he could not attend seminary, so instead he enrolled in online webinars and courses.
Carmen was ordained on June 23, 2013 at the Prospect Congregational Church by Elder Dominic Tuzza of the National Association of Christian Ministers, assisted by Rev. Dr. Phyllis Norman and Rev. Kim Wadhams. Carmen took his vows, in the presence of his family, friends, and God. He never looked back. After leaving Prospect Congregation Church, Carmen's journey led him To Union Congregation Church, in which he was hired as the current Minister in January of 2018.
Associate Pastor - Rev. Jacqueline Ramos
Jackie who was raised a Baptist in Providence, Rohde Island, worked as an accountant, and married John Ramos , who has had a distinguished career as a school superintendent in various towns. John and Jackie have sang together in church while John played the guitar. While in Norwalk, Jackie sang in both Chancel Choir and the Gospel Choir, which became very popular, sending them to many different churches in many different states. Through the gift of music, God has used John and Jackie to inspire and touch many people. In prior congregations Jackie has served in almost every job, including church bookkeeper, deacon, and in Norwalk, cooked for hundreds of people at the annual "One Great Hour of Sharing Spaghetti Love Feast". Jackie attended the Connecticut Institute of Christian Religion and obtained a certificate of graduation in 2003. Based on skills observed by her professors, she was asked become a teacher at CICR and taught "Communication" at the institute for three years. Jackie is also a graduate of Hartford Seminary. Jackie says with all the love in her heart that she is a Congregationalist, a little bit Baptist, a little Jewish, a little Muslim, and a little bit rock and roll. She has a calling not just to teach, but also to preach the word.