Sally Fritsche

Administrative Assistant

Sally has been our Administrative Assistant at the Gilead Church since 2001.  Her professionalism, positive attitude and kindness keeps everything running smoothly at the church.  Sally is married to Buddy and they have two children, Amanda and Jamie.

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.

Gilead Congregational Church

United Church of Christ