Meet Our Staff

Jeff Sharp

Pastor
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Pastor Jeff Sharp has been in ministry since August of 1987 and all of those years have been served at Norwich Worship Center.  He was called to this fellowship to serve as youth pastor and took on the additional role of associate pastor in 1994. He has served this community of believers as senior pastor since May 16, 1999. He has also served as church missionary on numerous short term missions as well as church missions director. Pastor Jeff is married to his wife Carol and has three adult children and two grandchildren.

Pastor Jeff has worked in retail management in the hardware/home improvement industry. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Lighthouse Family Services, a social service agency specializing in adoption services (2002-2011). He currently serves as Administrative Director for Gateway Behavioral Health (GBH). GBH provides individual and couples therapy and Christian counseling in Southeastern Connecticut. He currently serves on the Board of Director for Elijah Ministries (EM) and also serves as Vice President of the organization. EM is a teaching based mission organization working with the indigenous church leaders to establish ministry schools and provides supports to the local church leadership. Pastor Jeff also currently serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for Extend Global (EG). Extend Global is a non-denominational short term mission organization located in Springfield, Mo. EG works with local churches and ministries in the U.S. to plan, schedule, provide training and support for any age group that may be interested in domestic and/or international short term missions. He also serves as a Police Chaplain for the Norwich Police Department. NPD Chaplains serve and support police personnel as well as provide services to the community.

“It’s been a crazy good time ministering in this area for these years, I love what we are doing and am excited about what is still to come!”

 

Dr. Michael & Sandra Maixner

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Dr Michael & Sandra Maixner were the first full time pastors of the Norwich Worship Center and faithfully led the fellowship for over 20 years. In May of 1999, Michael passed on the role of senior pastor to Jeff and Carol Sharp.  Dr. Michael & Sandra Maixner founded ELIJAH MINISTRIES in April of 1999. Presently Michael & Sandra are fulfilling the apostolic mantle that has been placed upon them.

Sandra and Michael have served as pastors in local churches for over 25 years. Since the establishment of ELIJAH MINISTRIES  in 1999 we have been privileged to preach the good news on 5 continents in over 20 different nations, 19 different states in the USA and 3 different provinces of Canada. We have witnessed the transformation of many lives. At the beginning of these times of traveling the Lord made it very clear to us that there has been a change in our ministry. After 25 years as a pastor, the Lord was appointing us to fulfill a new role. He has taken us to places that very few people want to go. The power of the Gospel has changed the atmosphere over areas we have been.

We have established Elijah School of Ministry International, a cultural adaptive ministry training school. There are three operating at present; in Ghana West Africa, India, and Mindanao, Philippines. Michael & Sandra believe that every child of God has the potential to be a history maker and a world changer. They are presently mentoring others equipping them to fulfill their destinies. Their hearts’ desire is to bring all people into the fullness of their inheritance promised through a life of intimacy with Jesus. “

Christine Stedford

Worship Leader
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Our greatest desire as a fellowship is to offer up to God, worship and praise for His pleasure. We desire to lead the church into worship by providing an atmosphere that is contagious to worship where God’s people can worship Him together. We welcome the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit into our worship and into our lives and present ourselves as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God, which is our reasonable service.

The choir at NWC is always looking for new members. If you are a high school age or older individual you are invited to join our choir. We meet weekly on Monday evenings from 6-8 PM in the sanctuary. If you believe that you can sing and have not ‘plugged into’ a ministry of the church, come and give us a try.