Kathy Mallory

Rev. Kathy Mallory grew up in East Haven, CT and has lived there most of her life. She was baptized and confirmed at the Old Stone Church in that city. Over the years, she has been in the cherub choir, junior choir, senior choir, a teacher, a trustee, a deacon, and has filled in for ministers, was in women's fellowship and volunteered at the church's thrift store. She graduated from East Haven High School in 1976; while in high school, her ambitions were to be a cook for the Army or to become married and have children. She married her husband Bob in 1979 and they have been together ever since.  Her first child Sarah is the Director of the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven, and her second child Rob is today the Inspector Mechanic at Shoreline Aviation Seaplane Services at Tweed New Haven Airport. 

She worked at Kmart for 10 years, then left to be a full-time mom. Thirty years ago, she began working at Blue Cross in North Haven, but also began studies at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven where she received a bachelor's degree.  She was sitting in church one Sunday and she suddenly realized that she could become a minister now that she had received an undergraduate degree. When the time was right, God made straight her path and she became enrolled in the Hartford Seminary Cooperative Master of Divinity Program. 

Two years of study in Hartford were followed by two additional years at Andover Newton Theological School in Andover, Massachusetts (she did this travel twice a week, staying there overnight, then getting up at 5 am to return home for 8 am work at Blue Cross). She graduated with a M.Div. in 2017 and opted to become ordained by the Universal Life Church online, which gave her the same privileges as a UCC ordained minister. She has done four more units of Chaplaincy, one at Bridgeport Hospital, and then three with Transitioning Pathways, online and providing service for Hospice to gain practical experience. 

She is still in the process of becoming a United Church of Christ Minister; there was a point she was losing hope it would ever happen, but through faith and encouragement by many of God's warriors, she has persevered and is now the settled pastor of the First Congregational Church of Meriden. She notes, "It is through the Grace of our Lord that He has called and I said, 'Here I am Lord'"


Jurg Oggenfuss
 Director of Music

Jurg (pronounced "Yerg") Oggenfuss has been a church musician for 37 years. He studied organ with David Isele at the University of Tampa, then later with Betsy Calhoun and Michael Corzine at Florida State University. He also studied organ with Ursina Caflisch in Zurich, Switzerland. Jurg holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Tampa and a Master of Music in music therapy from Florida State University.

Prior to joining the staff at FCC Meriden, he served as organist and choir director at the Congregational Church of Plainville for 5 years. Before that he played at various Lutheran ELCA churches in Milwaukee, WI. He lives in Wolcott with his husband, Richard Carsey and their three cats, Charley, Sammy and Jonah.

During the week, Jurg works as an APRN and owns and runs a small medical practice in Plainville that focuses on providing primary care, HIV, and trans care to the LGBTQIA+ community in Central Connecticut. In his free time, he and Richard enjoy collecting and spinning records from the  1920s to the 1980s, traveling, taking rides in their vintage car, and cooking gourmet meals.


Kristen Bucholz
Director of Youth Christian Education

Kristen has been the youth programs director at First Church since Summer of 2012. She holds a special education teaching degree and has a masters from Southern CT State University in emotional and behavioral disorders. You can find Kristen teaching in  the STARS program at Maloney High School. This program is specifically designed for students with intellectual disabilities with a primary focus on students with Autism. 

With the help of her amazing CE committee, Kristen runs the youth programs on Sundays, monthly group activities, fundraisers, and fun outings! You will see Kristen's family in and out of the church and hanging out at church events! Kristen is married to her husband Kris and they have a young daughter named Isabelle. Kristen's favorite thing about being a part of all the amazing things happening at First Church is the community of people the church brings together. First Church is full of wonderful families who are always there for each other. Come see what we are all about!


Meg Hamilton
Office Administrator


A Connecticut shoreline native, Meg moved to Meriden upon marrying her husband, Marcus.  She has spent all of her professional career managing either retail establishments or offices when she wasn't stage managing community theater productions. 

Meg now spends most her free time helping out at her daughters' school and on many of the church committees.