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PCUM Welcomes Millie Tourtelot as Director of Christian Education (DCE)

    Author: Denise Silecchia

    Category: Featured News

    Dear PCUM children, parents, members and friends! 

    I write with the wonderful news that, starting August 1st, Millie Tourtelot will join the church staff and assume leadership of our children's educational ministries as PCUM's new Director of Christian Education (DCE). 

    With more children returning to worship and the congregation continuing to emerge from over two years of pandemic-altered programming, this is fortuitous timing. Millie, already an active member and leader at PCUM, brings a wealth of enthusiasm, experience, and theological training to the all-important ministry--our congregation's priority--of showing God's love to our church family's children, organizing all the programming and classes and activities that involve children, and supporting parents and volunteer teachers as we walk forward in faith together. 

    Millie graduated from the University of Chicago in 2001 with a BA and MA in Linguistics and then earned her Master of Divinity (M.Div.) at Princeton Theological Seminary in 2008. Combining her love of language studies and theology, Millie intended to pursue an academic career in Old Testament studies, but she fell in love with parish ministry after accepting a position in 2008 as the Director of Christian Education (DCE) at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, where she served for six years. 

    Millie is a born and bred New Yorker who says she is still surprised at how much she loves life in a New Jersey suburb. Since moving to Montclair in 2015 with her husband Max and daughters Arden (now 11) and Clarissa (almost 8), she has been a stay-at-home mom, active in the community and busy at home channeling her inner Martha Stewart. Besides serving as an Elder on PCUM's Session from 2018-2021,

    in recent years Millie has also served on the board of Union Congregational Church's Weekday Nursery School and the PTA of Charles H. Bullock Elementary School in Montclair. 

    In the days and weeks ahead, please join me in welcoming Millie as our new Director of Christian Education and to our shared commitment to fulfilling our baptismal vows to all our children by teaching and showing them that their church is "...a place where they are safe and valued just as they are." (PCUM's Core Values)

    In Christ,

    Pastor Greg Horn