Pastor: Joe DeGrande
Pastor Joe DeGrande was born in the Bronx. Raised Roman Catholic, his life changed when he attended a Methodist worship in 2012 and heard the words read “…You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you…” (John 15:16).
He is a graduate of St. John’s University. He then earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Hartford. In 2016, he became a Lay Leader and completed two Clinical Pastor Education programs at Baystate Medical Center. He was then certified as a Lay Minister in 2018. As certified Lay Minister he was a volunteer chaplain at Franklin Medical Center and led worship in Glastonbury United Methodist Church. He went on to complet Licensing School for Pastoral Ministry at Candler School of Theology.
Pastor Joe and his wife Beth share a blended family of five boys, all who are grown and creating their own paths in their journey. Also has eight grandchildren and four great grand-kids too. Joe enjoys playing guitar either in the band or by himself which is his way of telling the stress and struggles of everyday life to just step aside for a moment. He also enjoys taking the motorcycle out, photographing the splendor of nature, and quiet rides through the countryside with Beth.
To reach Pastor Joe with a question, a concern, or just to talk, his cell phone is 413-237-6823 (call or text) or if you prefer, his email address is PastorJoe.Steeple.Falls@gmail.com.
Minister of Music: Dr. Heather Reichgott
Heather Reichgott grew up dancing around the living room to the sounds of her mother playing Beethoven. She has been playing the piano ever since she grew tall enough to reach it. Heather began accompanying at age 10 for her fifth grade chorus, played chamber music and accompanied musical theatre and church services while in high school, and was awarded the Certificate for Excellence in Concerto Performance by Seymour Bernstein at the Seattle Young Artists Music Festival. While she was a student at Oberlin College she filled in for accompanists at local churches and began accompanying for ballet classes at Ohio Dance Theatre in order to afford to take class herself.
Today, in addition to serving as Minister of Music at the South Hadley Methodist Church, Heather is the accompanist for Da Camera Singers, teaches piano to over 30 students in a thriving private Suzuki piano studio and at Bay Path University, enjoys an active and varied career as a performer locally, playing everything from classical concerts to musical theatre, and is also a staff accompanist at Boston Ballet School.
Heather’s recordings include an album of ballet class music, A Musical Feast for Ballet Class (2011), and an album of music by contemporary composers, Preludes, Problems & Prayers (2014). All her recordings are available on cdbaby.com.
Heather has a daughter and lives in South Hadley.
Secretary: Ann Felsentreger