Dave Hutchinson | Teaching Elder/Pastor
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Rev. David A. Hutchinson is the founding pastor of Christ the Shepherd Church. Born and raised in Iowa, Dave attended Bible college in Florida, where he met and married his wife, Paula.

After college, while working for the Frito-Lay company in Florida, Dave became youth director at Pinewoods Presbyterian Church in Cantonment, Fla. Two years later, he enrolled in the Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Miss., where he earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1998. He returned to Pinewoods Church, and was ordained as a minister of the Gospel in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA), serving at Pinewoods as assistant pastor for student ministries.

In 2000, he became associate pastor at Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church in Bear, Del., where his responsibilities included education, men’s ministry, outreach/assimilation/evangelism, small groups and mercy ministries.

In 2005, Dave and Paula sensed God’s call to church planting ministry. They were evaluated by the PCA’s Assessment Center for Church Planters and qualified as church planters within the denomination. After prayer and careful evaluation, Pastor Dave accepted a call to plant a church in Danbury, Conn.

In August 2005, Dave and Paula moved to Connecticut with their four children — Sarah, Abby, David Jr., and Lily — and launched Christ the Shepherd Presbyterian Church in Danbury. They live in New Milford, Conn.

Mark Anderson | Ruling Elder
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ElderMark was raised in a Christian home in his hometown of Munster, Ind. and has walked with Christ since childhood. He has a master of business administration degree in business management, and is a sales management analyst with IBM. Mark and Linda live in New Milford and have five children and three grandchildren.


Rick Bangs | Ruling Elder
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ElderRick grew up in Darien and has been a Christ-follower since 1989. He has a bachelor’s degree and is employed as a Certified Public Accountant. He and Mary Beth live in Bethel and have three children and one grandchild.

Dave Kuiper | Ruling Elder
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ElderDave, originally from Byron Center, Mich., has been a Christian since 1980. He has a Ph.D. in chemistry — as does his wife, Brenda — and works as a chemist. He and Brenda live in Brookfield and have two children, Caleb and Elizabeth.



John Thorburn | Ruling Elder
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ElderJohn has been a Christian for about 40 years. He grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y., and these days he can be found at the Danbury Agway in its garden center during the growing season. John and Joan live in Danbury, have four children and seven grandchildren and have been married for nearly 50 years.


Gordon McKnight | Deacon

ElderGordon lives in Danbury, but you can still hear a bit of The Bronx in him. A Christian since childhood, he came to faith in Christ at Sunday School. He has two grown sons, and is a retired telephone repairman.