Here are the wonderful people who offered themselves to serve our community with their gifts and talents. They chose to lead others in a running  journey towards Christ. 


Rev. Marcelo Gomes is originally from Brazil. He served the Methodist Church in Brazil as a pastor for many years while working as a Psychoanalyst and scholar. In 2013 he came to the United States and started serving the United Methodist Church in New England. Between 2015 and 2018 he served as a Missionary in Miami through the General Board of Global Ministries. He became pastor of Lee Church in July 2018.  He holds Degrees in Psychoanalysis, Theology and Education. Currently, he is writing his Dissertation for the Doctor of Ministry program at Boston University. Rev. Marcelo Gomes has more than 15 years experience in church planting and church revitalization. 


Raised in Griswold, Connecticut, Elijah completed his undergraduate education at Connecticut College in 2019, taking a B.A. in Philosophy with minors in Government and Religious Studies. With interests in theology, the cultural contours of Western civilization, and the future of the Church, he hopes to benefit all three in his work as Youth Discipleship Minister and Director of Music.


Brenda J. Keefe, a member of Lee Memorial Church for many years, has been the Outreach Coordinator for the Outreach Ministry at Lee Church for the past 11 years.

It is the belief of Brenda and her COC Board that their primary focus for this Ministry is to bring people closer to the love of God, while developing local partnerships to enhance the goal of providing a caring and supportive environment for families in need.

Brenda brings to this position 40 years of educational experience as a Teacher, District Title 1 Director, and an Educational Administrator. She holds degrees in Elementary Education, Educational Administration, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Elementary Education.


Susan Hotchkiss is a happily retired RN and lifelong member of the United Methodist Church. Her love for music led her to start playing the organ for her church as a teenager in her home state of Wisconsin. Connecticut became Sue’s home after she was stationed in Groton as a brand new Navy Nurse in 1974. As a member of Lee Memorial UMC for many years, she has been actively involved in its music ministry: first as a choir member, then later as director of various choirs and as organist. In her role as Worship Director, Sue feels that worship should be actively participatory and not a passive experience for the congregation. Music plays a big role in that.