Avril Sweeny has joined our staff as Director of Pastoral Care. Avril has been a member of our church for over fifteen years and in that time has always been involved in Pastoral Care as a lay person. Avril has volunteered in many ministries within the church including Fellowship and Pastoral Ministry. She has been a member of the Pastoral Ministry Leadership Team and Stephen Ministry since 2003. She is a trained Stephen Minister and Stephen Leader. Avril is also trained as an Emergency Chaplain, Hospice Visitor and Small Groups Facilitator.

Avril, born and educated in England, has lived and traveled all over the world in the ensuing years. This led to an interest in World Religions that has continued to this day. She hopes to continue her education and development in ministry in the coming years.

Avril has lived in New Canaan for twenty-five years. Her grown son and daughter were educated in the town schools and while raising her family Avril volunteered in many of the town’s charities and organizations, including Red Cross and CERT.

In her busy work life Avril has been organizing professionally for many years. She enjoys cooking, hiking, reading, creating art and getting together with friends and family.