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About Us

Our Beliefs

God

We believe that God is a loving God who made the human being in God’s image. Therefore, all people are of value and loved by God.

Jesus

In Christ, the head of the church, God conquers sin and reconciles the world to Divine Love. We believe in God, and we follow Jesus.

Holy Spirit

God’s continuing presence and activity in the world.

Trinity

God, Christ, Holy Spirit are one.

Church

A community of people united in Christ through worship, work, and witness--not a building.

The Bible

The inspired Word of God. We take scripture seriously, not literally.

Service to Others

The mission of the Church is to work for justice and to establish God’s Kindgom in the world.

The Sacraments

We celebrate two: Baptism and Communion. It is through baptism that persons are joined in faith with Jesus and accepted into the fellowship of the church. The breaking of bread and pouring of wine are done in remembrance of Christ’s death and his resurrection.

Faith

Faith isn't not asking questions. It's asking questions, doubting, believing, and trusting. It's messy, it's hard, and it is worth it.

Our Staff

The Rev. Jeff Lukens
Pastor & Teacher

The Rev. Jeff Lukens was called to the Lordship Community Church in June 2013. A native of Connecticut, Pastor Jeff was raised in the Middlebury Congregational Church, where he was confirmed, married, and ordained. A lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, Pastor Jeff grew up going to Silver Lake Conference Center, and still volunteers each summer.

A graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, Pastor Jeff has served churches in Windsor, CT; Hartford, CT; and Chambersburg, PA prior to coming to Lordship.

Together with his wife, Megan, they have two daughters.

Pastor Jeff enjoys hiking, the beach, good coffee, and craft beers.

You can reach him at pastor@thelordshipchurch.org

Susan Bryn Kapec
Minister of Music

Susan Bryn Kapec has been a life-long church musician. Her first church at the age of 16 , was a Spanish congregation, followed by Lutheran, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist and Lordship Community Church for the last 12 years. She also had the opportunity of playing in Jondalen and Kongsberg, Norway for 6 months.

Susan loves working with all kinds of choirs – singing, handbell, whistling, children’s, instrumental, and sign language choirs. At Lordship she cherishes her all-volunteer intergenerational choir.

A life-long Lutheran, Susan is recognized in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a Deacon since 1991 and has degrees in Organ Performance from Rutgers University and a Masters in Religious Studies from Sacred Heart, Fairfield, CT.

Susan is married to Jeffrey and they have one child currently living in LA with her husband. Susan enjoys playing piano, quilting, sailing, traveling and experimental cooking.

Brandon Woods
Minister of
Digital Media

Brandon was born & raised in Brooklyn, NY where he attended Seventh Day Adventist school from K-8 and Catholic High School. He grew up in the Friendship Baptist Church starting at age 6 and started working in music and ministry at age 12. Brandon attended the University of Bridgeport receiving a Bachelors's in Psychology in 2015 and a Masters's in Counseling in 2020.

He had the pleasure of directing the UB Gospel Choir for 4+ years. Brandon currently works in admissions at Quinnipiac University, is the President of the Rho Upsilon Chapter of Omega Psi Phi, Vice President of the University of Bridgeport Alumni Board of Directors, and is pursuing an MBA.

Brandon can be reached at media@thelordshipchurch.org.

Sandra Iannotti
Church Secretary

Sandra Iannotti has been with Lordship Community Church as Church Secretary since May 2009, where she enjoys the administrative diversity of tasks, LCC’s events, and communicating with members and friends of the church. Sandra has a B.A. in Business Administration from Sacred Heart University.

Sandra has a passion for animals, especially homeless cats. She has two cats, Enzo and Marbles. She supports organizations involved with Myelodysplastic Syndrome & blood cancers, autoimmune diseases, and dementia & Alzheimer’s. She likes taking photos, the beach, going to the movies, ice cream, and all things chocolate.

You can reach Sandra at office@thelordshipchurch.org

Our Partners in Ministry

United Church of Christ

We are a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join in faith and action.

Southern New England Conference

The Southern New England Conference of the UCC includes 615 churches in Connecticut, Massachusetts , and Rhode Island. Together, we covenant to live the love and justice of Jesus.

Silver Lake Conference Center

Silver Lake is our Outdoor Ministry center. Accredited by the American Camping Association, Silver Lake hosts close to 1,000 young people each summer and more than 3,000 retreat participants in the off-season. Our summer program is open to all, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, or sexual orientation.

Our Story

Since 1922, we have been a beacon of light for our community

In 1922, a group of residents of the Lordship neighborhood of Stratford laid the foundation for the Lordship Community Church by organizing a non-denominational Protestant Sunday School to provide moral and religious instructions for the children and youth of the area. Soon, afternoon worship services began to be organized and visiting clergy were invited to lead them in the public school house. By 1927, having outgrown the facilities of the public school, we moved into a building on Stratford Road.

In 1934, we incorporated as the Lordship Community Church. In 1947, we joined the Connecticut Conference of the Congregational Christian Churches (which became part of the United Church of Christ in 1957).

We moved to our current location in 1950, after purchasing a relocating a church building from Vermont. 

Throughout our history, the Lordship Community Church has been and continues to be an open and welcoming community of spiritual seekers, committed to growing in Christian discipleship as we worship, study and serve together. 

Our vision is to be a church reaching out into the community, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and nurturing the faith of the next generation.

As we reach our 100th anniversary, we are still a beacon of light for the community, living out the love and justice of Jesus.