Seppo Markkanen is an Elder and Deacon Emeritus at Christ Community Church in Collinsville. Originally from Long Island, New York he has lived in Connecticut for 56 years of which 47 have been in Canton. Sepp has degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Management. Sepp is semi-retired from the construction industry as he still does Consulting for architects and Building contractors. He and his wife have been married for 49 years and they have two boys and three grandchildren. Sepp’s hobbies include trains and cars. He was a Saturday steam locomotive engineer at Essex Steam Train for 30 years.
Favorite person in the Bible is the Apostle Paul
Favorite Bible verse is John 5:24
Favorite Book is Romans
Dan Dickinson is an Elder at Christ Community Church in Collinsville. He grew up in Bethel, Connecticut being a lifelong resident of Connecticut. Dan attended and received a BS from the University Of Connecticut in forestry and worked for DEP Parks Division until retirement. He has been married to Marylou for over 40 years and has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Dan has lived in New Hartford for about 20 years and in Harwinton 15 years before that.
Favorite Person of the Bible – Jesus
Favorite Bible Verse – Revelation 3 Verse 20
Favorite Book – Ephesians
Favorite Hobby - Camping
And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them. - Psalm 78:72
Robert (Bob) DuBois is an Elder at Christ Community Church in Collinsville. He grew up in Burlington, CT and graduated from Lewis S. Mills High School in 1976. He moved to Canton CT in 1984 where he presently resides. He and his wife Victoria have seven children and twelve grandchildren. Bob enjoys hunting, fishing, gardening and playing horseshoes.
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8
Laura Salch is the Office Manager at the Christ Community Church of Collinsville. Laura was raised in Long Valley, and later in Holmdel, New Jersey. She went to the University of Connecticut on a partial track and field scholarship and studied Therapeutic Recreation. She met her husband, Kevin, at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at UConn. They were married six days after her graduation in 1990, and they joined Christ Community Church in Collinsville shortly afterward. They have been blessed with three wonderful children (now adults), and Laura was able to stay at home with them for 15 years, which she has never regretted. She has been office manager for the church since April, 2007.
Laura's passions include, but are not limited to: Bible study, prayer, worship (especially in dance), and missional living. She loves Israel; key Bible verses are Ruth 1:16-17 and Ephesians 2:1-22. Laura enjoys Israeli Folk Dancing, various active outdoor pursuits, indoor workouts at the gym, and sharing Kevin's passions for board gaming and spending time with their children. Chief regrets: There aren't enough hours in the day to read; she will never be an American Ninja Warrior; and the house doesn't clean itself. Chief hopes: Messiah Y'shua (Jesus Christ) will return soon for His Bride! And we are nearer to heaven today than we were yesterday.
Jay North completed all courses for a Major in Music Theory at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. He directed the Youth Choir at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church in West Simsbury, was trained as a Youth Counselor for Young Life of Greater Hartford and taught music at the Master’s School in West Simsbury. He also directed music at New England Keswick Youth Camp in Monterey, Massachusetts. Before coming to Collinsville he was the Worship Team Director at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Simsbury for 20 years. Presently he is teaching piano and guitar at The Artist’s Collective in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mark Kopchak furnishes administrative support to the Council of Elders at Christ Community Church in Collinsville. He grew up in Central Valley, New York and has been living in Connecticut since 1986. Mark holds a B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is retired from his profession. He is a dedicated Christian looking to serve the Lord in whatever manner he is called. He is married to Kathleen since 1994 and lives in Burlington near the Farmington River.
Favorite Person of the Bible: Noah (greatest faith) and Abraham (Father of all who believe)
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 28: 5,6
Favorite Book: Revelation and Daniel
Favorite Hobby: Serving Others