Rev. Dan Haugh is the Senior Minister at Stowe Community Church, an interdenominational congregation located in the historical village of Stowe, VT. He has served as Associate Minister at Round Hill Community Church in Greenwich, CT, as Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adults at the American Church in Paris, France and prior to that as Pastor of Student Ministries at Bedford Community Church in New York. A graduate of Gordon College and Alliance Theological Seminary Rev. Haugh was ordained in 2006. Rev. Haugh lives in Stowe with his wife, Lauretta, and their twin sons, Jack and Blake who are in the third grade at Stowe Elementary School, and their dog Billy. They love the outdoors and are active in all seasons hiking boating, and skiing and are loyal Boston sports fans.
We would like to introduce you to our Administrative Assistant, Marylou Durett! She is such a special part of our church and is one of the many people who keep us running smoothly. We asked her to share a little bit about herself:
“My husband and I grew up in Stowe and at the Stowe Community Church. We went to Sunday School and attended youth group here. I sang in Junior Choir and later Senior Choir. We love Stowe. We have 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
When the Administrative Assistant job became available, I applied and prayed for this opportunity. I retired from my work in Colchester with State Farm Insurance claim office after 34 years. I came back home!
I love what I do, helping people and working with everyone here. This is an inspiration to connect with the community. I feel my experience here has enriched my life. Hope I encourage people to experience these wonderful, uplifting moments of being in the church, especially during services.
In my spare time I enjoy singing with Voices For All Seasons, directed by Judith St. Aubin of Morrisville and living on Lake Eden year round, swimming, boating and most important, spending memorable moments with our family and friends.
Karen Miller has been Organist/Music Director at the Stowe Community Church since 2007. Before this, she was Organist/Choir Director at the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church from 1986 to 2007. A member of the Vermont Chapter AGO for over 30 years, she was its newsletter editor for 30 years. She has accompanied the Northeast Kingdom Chorus and the North Country Chorus. She was also a biology instructor in the science department at Lyndon State College (now Northern University - Lyndon) specializing in Microbiology for 15 years. She lives with her husband John in Stannard, VT.
Taryn Noelle is so delighted and honored to serve the Stowe Community Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries. She is originally from Toronto, Canada, and splits her time residing in both Craftsbury and the charming and beautiful town of Stowe. Other than leading youth Worship here at SCC, Taryn works throughout northern and central Vermont as a stage director, choreographer, actor and vocalist. Taryn has grown to immeasurably value her Stowe Community Church family, and feels incredibly privileged for the opportunity and continued opportunities of faith, fellowship and outreach that the Church both represents and continually demonstrates. Under Pastor Dan’s new leadership and guidance, Taryn feels so hopeful and inspired about what new families can look forward to in paying us a visit, whether that be for a Sunday, a year or a lifetime.
Brenda A. Convery - Wedding Coordinator
Originally from Malden, Ma, Brenda moved to Stowe in December 1989 for the winter. She fell in love with Vermont and never left! Brenda worked in various restaurants in town while working full time for National Life Group in Montpelier 1990-2021. She has always had a passion for event planning, especially weddings, as they create life-long memories of having blessed family and friends together.
Born and Raised in Stowe, Chris Vigneau grew up as an Episcopalian member of St. John’s in the Mountains.
Despite this, he has maintained very strong lifelong ties to the Stowe Community Church and its community.
In his formative years, music became an integral piece of his being. Beginning with the trumpet in 4 th grade, Chris soon followed with piano; again, shortly followed by a decision to learn the harp. Though he left his trumpet at home, he continued playing the piano and harp throughout college.
Chris attended Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, graduating with a double major in piano and business administration. After graduation, Chris moved to Bridgton, Maine where he was hired as the Sports Information Director, Bus Driver & Photographer for Bridgton Academy.
Chris returned to his roots one year later, in 2013, to pick up the reins of his family business, the Round Hearth at Stowe. Shortly after moving home, he was hired as the organist at the Blessed Sacrament Church. Again, shortly after this, he began playing piano in the lounge at the Trapp Family Lodge; both positions he gladly holds to this day. Chris also spent a few years as a part-time school bus driver for Percy Transportation, the treasurer for Stowe Vibrancy; as the pianist for the Sunday afternoon
contemporary service at the Stowe Community Church.
Chris married his wife, Whitney, in September of 2019. They have spent their married time during
COVID raising two beautiful boys – Merrick and Carter, in addition to their continued work at the RoundHearth. He is incredibly excited to be working, alongside his wife, with the youth at the Stowe Community Church; to help them form positive memories of their time in Stowe and in our churchcommunity.
Born in Sacramento, Whitney Vigneau spent her first few years in California before moving to Vermont. Adopted at
ten years old by Marilyn and David Carter, she spent the better part of her upbringing with her brother Marcos, roaming the hills at the end of a former cow path in Wolcott, Vermont
These years, for Whit, were spent fully immersed in athletics, Christianity, music and family. She is an avid soccer aficionado, having played and coached with great success throughout her high school career and after. She is also a dogged participant in all winter sports except, oddly, ice skating.
Whit attended the Wolcott Church of the Nazarene where she acted as a worship leader, bringing her passion for Christ and worship through her time singing with the band. Whit was also a youth and teen counselor for many years at the Ithiel Falls Bible Camp in Johnson.
Whit met her future husband, Chris, in 2017. Shortly after their first date, the two met with both the pastor and Taryn Noelle to set up the original contemporary service; one which she helped to leadmusically for a number of years. Whit was finally baptized at the Stowe Community Church in 2019.
Shortly after this, and in quick procession, she became an official member of the church and was married to Chris in our beloved sanctuary.
Whit’s passion for youth and the development of has driven her to accept a calling from the Stowe Community Church to become, along with her husband Chris, co-Director of Youth Ministries.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Purinton is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School (MDiv), Eastern Baptist Theological School (now Palmer Seminary) DMin, and a 2014 Graduate of Goddard College (MFA in Creative Writing). She has served churches in Jeffersonville and Danville/North Danville with her husband Charlie and served as pastor in Richmond for 19 years. Since 2011 she has served 7 churches as interim pastor, She is a certified Spiritual Director and just retired after 30 years as an EMT. Barbara lives in North Hero with her husband, daughter and grandchildren. Barbara is joining our ministry team as a “Pastoral Associate” to serve as one of our designated and dedicated "on-call” clergy members to help lead worship, provide pulpit supply, and officiate various ceremonies and services when needed.
The most recent member added to our team is Rebecca Spaulding, our Office Assistant. Rebecca grew up in Southern Maine. She graduated from Eckerd College in 2003 with a major in Environmental Studies and a Biology minor. After graduation, she remained in St. Petersburg until meeting her soon to be husband. Travis and Rebecca have been married for 16 years, returned to Travis's childhood home in Stowe and are raising their three children, Philomena (16), William (14) and Bryer(10). Rebecca worked for an investment company for 5 years which has helped her learn certain skills that aid her in her work with Stowe Community Church.