Our Staff

Senior Pastor, The Rev. Dagmar Rosenberg

Pastor Dagmar Rosenberg was born and raised in Germany and educated at Yale University. She graduated from Yale with a BA Degree in Philosophy. Pastor Dagmar also attended Yale Divinity School where she received her Master of Divinity Degree in 1986. She continued her education at Columbia University and California State University, Northridge. While called to a parish in Los Angeles, CA, Pastor Dagmar was Pastor and Principal of the church-affiliated elementary school. During that time she also served on the board of Directors for Lutheran Schools. Her most recent call was in Jericho, Vermont. While she served at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church there, she also served as Director for the ecumenical Foodshelf and as Dean of the Vermont/New York Conference.

Visitation Pastor, Rev. Willard Baumgarter

I have served over 50 years in ministry and as the pastor of Grace Lutheran Church of Plainville for 36 years. I also currently serve as one of the chaplains for the Hospital of Central Connecticut the New Britain General Campus. I am involved in a three year project sponsored by the National Cancer Institute focusing on “The needs of end of life patients and spiritual resources for coping”. My son, Nathan, and his wife and son and daughter are members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT and my daughter, Christa, and her husband and two daughters are members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Pearl River, N. Y.

Minister of Music, William Hively

William Hively was named Minister of Music in 1996, having since 1986 held music director and administrative assistant positions at ELCA congregations in Newington and Kensington, CT, and at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in New Britain.

Bill directs the adult and Sunday School choirs and the worship band; oversees the volunteer Bell Choir director; and directs the church’s concert series, involving our musicians and volunteer and professional guests as well as presenting concerts in all genres by performing artists from far and wide. He plans our worship jointly with the Pastor, designing special worship leader materials. He also administers the Music Series Fund, including the Kallberg-Johnson Memorial Music Fund, infusing our worship experience with professional musicians at major festivals and other special times.