Our staff and leaders
Reverend Ken White, Pastor
Pastor Ken White joined us in February of 2014 after 15 years in Texas. He is a second career pastor, having spent a decade in software development prior to hearing the call to ministry. Given his belief that we are called to non-violence in community, it is not surprising that his heroes are Jesus, Gandhi, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His role model in discipleship is his wife, Lucia.
Prior to joining College Street, he was involved not only in social justice efforts, but he also spent 14 years working in youth ministry, learning the value of the wisdom of youth. Ken started an alternative lending initiative in Texas, working with community partners to offer short-term financial relief to working poor families, using the marketplace as a tool to challenge payday lending.
When he is not serving the church, Ken likes hiking & biking as well as anything to do with music. He also enjoys games of all kinds – board & video games especially. During football season, he can often be found obsessing over his fantasy team or bemoaning the seemingly eternal mediocrity of his beloved Dallas Cowboys.
Yona Yellin, Music Director
Yona has been with us for more than 25 years. She leads our adult and youth choirs and plans our musical program. Yona plays the organ, piano, and harpsichord.
After earning a degree in piano and voice in the early 60’s Yona began her professional singing career, which included Broadway and Off-Broadway musicals, summer stock, opera and oratorio. She met her husband in a folk group touring the U. S., Europe, and Far East, and in 1969 they settled at Kibbutz Ein-Dor in Israel where they lived for 13 years. During this time she continued her work in music as a vocal coach, choir director and kibbutz music director. She also appeared as a soloist with the Jerusalem, Haifa and Netanya symphony orchestras.
After returning to the U. S. in 1982 she continued her choral work as music director and organist in a church in upstate New York. It was there that she rediscovered the joy she felt as a teenager the first time she played a pipe organ. She and her husband moved to Vermont in 1986 and since then she has continued to savor “making a joyful noise” at College Street Church.
Our bell choir is directed by Jodie Auer-Johnson.
Alison Pierce, Children’s Ministry Leader
Alison joined us in the summer of 2014. Her background in visual arts explains her love for creative programming and for our classroom cabinets which are chock-full of art supplies. Her prior experience leading children’s nature courses, summer camps, and art classes for teens has fed nicely into her work with the children and youth at College Street. She is especially passionate about inclusivity and the gift of intergenerational community at church, finding new ways to be a community that explores Christ’s call to love one another and build one another up. If you would like to know more about our children’s program or have an idea to share, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Jason Vanderlaan, Youth Ministry Leader
College Street welcomed Jason aboard in the summer of 2018. After graduating with a BA in Theology, he has served as hospital chaplain, boys’ dean, teacher, business manager, communications coordinator, and pastor. Jason is passionate about creativity, storytelling, and all the practical, empowering connections the way of Jesus has to our everyday lives. He is especially inspired by working with youth, who have such a diverse and engaging spirit of energy and exploration.
Jason also enjoys adventuring with his wife, Natanya – hiking, canoeing, discovering new places or foods or ideas. He loves live music, red foxes, and tacos.
Carol Altobelli, Office Manager
Greetings! I am very happy to have joined the staff at CSCC as of August 15th, continuing Seth’s awesome work as office administrator. I have many years experience as an office manager and bookkeeper working with non-profits, and intend to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. On occasion, I may contribute a bit of my own creative flair, as I tend to be a little artsy and sometimes my creative urges seep into work life. I look forward to meeting all of you in person, by phone or through email and hope you all come to recognize me as a consistent, friendly, supportive presence in the front office.
Tim Gibbo, Sexton
Tim takes care of all routine property maintenance, conducts light repair work and co-ordinates with contractors when help is required.