Tonya Maurer
Interim Administrative Assistant  ( Joining staff April 19, 2021 )

Tonya starts as our Interim Administrative Assistant at the Gilead Church in April 2021.  Her organizational skills, gratitude and empathy bring a personal touch to her role.  Tonya and her husband Cole, have lived in Amston since 2004.  She loves to spend time outdoors kayaking, water skiing, hiking, biking, running, gardening and playing with her dogs.


Rev. Dr. Denise Esslinger


Denise has served as the Pastor of the Gilead Church since 1998.  Prior to coming to the Gilead Church, she served as the Minister of Education at Foster Memorial Church in Springfield, MA.  Denise went to Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA where she received her M.Div. in 1991.  More recently, in 2009 Denise received her D.Min. in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary.  Denise has a passion for preaching and for creating a sense of welcome in worship.  Denise is married to Phil Parizeau.  Phil has two adult children and they have three grandchildren.

Andrey Stolyarov

Minister of Music  ( Joined staff in April of 2021 )

Andrey Stolyarov is a Russian-born American composer, conductor, singer, and educator.  Andrey's music has been performed nationally and internationally.  When he isn't teaching, writing, singing, or conducting, Andrey enjoys running, gaming, and working on his farm in Amston with his wife Ilana.

Gilead Congregational Church

United Church of Christ