Staff and leadership
Ryan Spooner, M.Div.
Ryan is from Connecticut and is a UConn alum. Before coming to serve as pastor of St. Paul's Church in March 2016, he worked in full-time campus ministry with Cru and as a worship leader for the Tabernacle ministry at Trinity Covenant Church in Manchester, CT. He has a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is licensed with the Evangelical Covenant Church. He and his wife, Sara, married in 2018.
Ryan has a heart for helping others to see how Jesus reveals the character of God. He wants to see minds renewed and lives transformed as people encounter Jesus through Scripture and the work of Church.
Some of his favorite things include playing guitar, running, hiking, watching good movies, reading good books, listening to mind-expanding podcasts, coffee, spicy food, and long conversations about the deep things of life.
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Originally from New Jersey, Keith graduated from La Salle University. He worked briefly with the Cleveland Browns before moving to Connecticut in 2005 to be the video director for the UConn Women’s Basketball team. He also spent three years as the video coordinator for the Olympic gold medal-winning USA Women's Basketball team. In 2014, Keith felt the Lord calling him in a different direction and he joined the staff at St. Paul’s.
Keith enjoys the process of seeing a first time guest of St. Paul’s become a fully involved member of the community. He finds joy in connecting people to their passions and assisting them in finding the purposes God has for their lives.
Keith and his wife Tracy live in Tolland with their three children. Some of his favorite things in life include coaching baseball/basketball, hiking, landscaping and gardening, listening to music, coffee, and being a husband and dad.
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Director of Worship
Although born in Pennsylvania, Steve lived all the important years in Connecticut. A carpenter by trade, he and Laurie live in Eastford in a 1796 home. Married for 33 years, they have two grown children who seem to regard them with inordinate affection.
If all art is our attempt to express the inexpressible, then music is one of the ways we express our gratitude and devotion to God. In everything we are called to excellence and our worship should reflect the gifts, beauty, and delight God has bestowed upon us.
Interests include Laurie, old houses, old guitars, old Harleys, hearing people’s stories, and dark, bitter coffee. In addition to leading worship, Steve has been the guitar player and frontman for a local blues trio for 26 years.
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DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP
Shortly after getting married in 2019, Leah and her husband, Alex, moved from Pennsylvania to Connecticut and now reside in Vernon.
Leah holds a Bachelors in Disability & Community Services and a Masters in Music Therapy. During the week, Leah is a full time Board Certified Music Therapist, working with a variety of individuals in various settings such as schools, nursing homes, and rehabilitation centers.
Leah believes that music is a powerful way to connect our hearts with the Father. Whether singing together on a Sunday morning, or in the car during the week, Leah believes that worship is a direct and obedient response to God based on who He is and what He has done through the Gospel. As we become renewed by Him, we have the opportunity to give Him the glory and honor he is so deserving of!
Leah enjoys singing, traveling, hiking with Alex, and a good iced coffee!
Director of Technology
After spending a childhood in the southern portion of New Hampshire, Caleb moved to Connecticut in 2006,and has lived here ever since. He is a full-time student at CCSU, studying Mechanical Engineering, having graduated with an Associate's Degree in Engineering Science from Manchester Community College in 2013.
Caleb focuses on helping others during a Sunday service in order to ensure everything ties together smoothly. By taking care of the behind-the-scenes aspect of a service, he helps to create and foster an environment where people are comfortable worshipping, listening, and encountering God.
A few of his favorite activities include computer programming, reading books, playing Minecraft, learning to cook, and helping build CCSU's FSAE race car.
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