Our Leadership


No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!

Colonial Park United Church of Christ is governed by a Council of Congregants.
Our Council President is Liz August  and our Vice President is Susan Reinke.

We are led by Ministerial Staff which includes:

 

Rev. Cindy Garis, Interim Senior Minister – cgaris@cpucc.org

Pastor Cindy was ordained in February 1999 in the United Church of Christ.  She has ministerial standing in the Harrisburg Association of the Penn Central Conference, served churches in Lebanon, Penbrook, Abbottstown and New Cumberland.  Cindy served for 12 years as the Executive Director of Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development (www.oasismin.org), and is a trained spiritual director and retreat leader.

Cindy grew up in the Brethren in Christ church in Souderton, PA (a small town between Philly and Allentown). She is a graduate of Messiah College, where she was a dual major in Christian Ed. And Marketing. Cindy received her Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary.

Pastor Cindy feels very grateful and blessed to be called to accompany Colonial Park UCC during this interim time, while the congregation is on this journey toward calling a Senior Pastor.  Cindy is challenging, creative and authentic.  Most deeply, she feels the church is (or can be) a place of wholeness, hope and healing.  She encourages you to be in touch with her, and share your story.

Cindy enjoys talking, listening, and thinking – as well as traveling and being outdoors.  She currently resides in Camp Hill, PA, but enjoys visiting her three step-children who live outside of Philadelphia, and her family that lives near Newport News, VA.

Pastor Cindy’s three favorite quotes are:

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.  I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am following Your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.”
~ Thomas Merton

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”  ― Rainer Maria Rilke

“Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”   ― Teresa of Ávila

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Scott Siciliano – Minister of Music & Worship Arts – ssiciliano@cpucc.org

Scott Siciliano joined the staff of CPUCC in September of 2008. He became a licensed pastor within the Harrisburg Association in 2015. A graduate of Messiah College, Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sacred Music and Organ. He is currently a Master of Divinity candidate at the Lancaster Theological Seminary; and upon graduation will pursue full ordination in the United Church of Christ.

As a liturgical artist and musician, Scott works with the creative use of sound, spoken word, sight, shape, and movement to enrich the worship experience at Colonial Park. In addition to his work with worship design, Scott oversees the musical programs of the church; and is director of the Jubilate Ringers Handbell Ensemble, the Revelation Praise Band, and serves as the church organist and song leader.

Outside of CPUCC, Scott also serves as the worship music coordinator for Lancaster Theological Seminary, is a private instructor of piano and voice, and sings with the Susquehanna Chorale. Scott and his husband, Michael, reside in the city of Harrisburg; where they are active residents and advocates of their community.

 

 

Other Professional Staff includes:

Kathy

 

Kathy Neely, Office Manager kneely@cpucc.org

Kathy joined the staff in 1994.   While not “professional” in the sense of a college degree, Kathy has acquired many skills through specific college courses (accounting, computer programming) and training classes and is constantly striving to improve her skills and learn new things.   Kathy does all of the Office Manager type things you would expect, plus serves as our assistant treasurer,  maintains the website and keeps our social media presence current.  She is always looking for new ways to “get the Word out” about CPUCC and its activities.    In addition to her everyday “work” at the church she often can be found volunteering at church and community events.   Kathy is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Harrisburg CROP Walk and has worked with it’s planning team for many years.

Kathy has been married to Bruce for 35+ years and they have two adult children, Samantha & Bobby.   In her spare time,  Kathy relaxes by mowing lawns, reading, hanging out in the pool and working with Bruce & Bobby on a friend’s race car.

 

 

Jess

 

Jessica Nupponen, Sanctuary Choir Director jnupponen@cpucc.org

A Music Education graduate of West Chester University, Jessica has served as the Sanctuary Choir Director at Colonial Park UCC since 2005. She has also served as Co-Director of Hartman Center’s annual Music And Drama Camp from 2009-2013. In addition, she has been Music Director for several community theatres and acts as the Community Events Coordinator for the Fredricksen Library in Camp Hill.

Jessica was raised, baptized & confirmed in Colonial Park UCC and felt strongly called to her current role here. Being a part of this church family is a joy to her and to her entire family. “Nothing has brought me more joy than bringing my husband into our church and, years later, watching this church welcome our son too.” God is still speaking!

 

 

 

 

 

Colonial Park United Church of Christ, 5000 Devonshire Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109 –  717-545-3782  kneely@cpucc.org
Sunday Worship:  8:15 & 10:45a.m w/Sunday School at 9:30a.m.

Summer Worship  at 9:30am (Memorial Day -Labor Day)