Elders

Email Elder Carol Miller

Tim and Carol Miller originally came to Vermont from Ohio close to 30 years ago. South Royalton has been our home for 26 years. We were drawn, by God, to live as believers and seekers of God’s truths. Carol has been an elder for 10 years. Tim, a trustee for most of the years at United Church.

We are “fixer uppers” in our home, gardens, and sometimes help others as well. We enjoy visiting and learning about others lives and how they were changed by God’s Grace. In years past, we taught Sunday school to the junior high and also had a youth group. I miss our time with the kids—many have their own children now, so we can see the new generations.

We have at least one “Back Porch Party” a year for anyone, who wishes to come, to gather to laugh, play games, sing and of course…eat. We love children and always try to have fun challenges for them.


Email Elder Scott Puopolo

God called me out of the world later in my life. Once I entered the sanctuary at the Red Door Church, I knew I was home. The Word of God is full of love and I try to share that with others. My wife, Doreen, and I have lived in South Royalton for almost 30 years and have three children. It would be fair to say we are a musical family. Doreen and I help lead worship on Sundays with songs of praise. Our children all have musical gifts and it is a joy to see them sing and play instruments.

I love to learn and have many interests. I have always been drawn to mechanical and electrical things that lead to an interest in aircraft, motorcycles, engines, computers, electronics…yeah, the list goes on. I currently own a mechanic shop in town and spend my days combating the effects of rust and potholes.

I’m involved with the youth ministry at church on Wednesday nights and also love serving at the community dinners on Friday nights. I love the verse in John 15:5 [ESV] where Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”


Email Elder Russell Rohloff

I am in my 60s and have been a follower of Jesus since my 20s. My spiritual journey has led me from the Roman Catholic church through Lutheran, American Baptist, Independent Charismatic, home fellowships, and now into Congregational churches. Each sojourn has added a new layer to my spiritual perspective and I am the richer for it.

By vocation I am a pastor/teacher (currently serving as an elder in the church), by occupation an engineer (still pays the bills). I don’t care much for denominationalism and I am pretty much tired of just doing church. As I enter the latter days of my life, I just want to finish the course that God has laid out for me and make the last years count for something eternal. If I had a life scripture it would be Romans 1:15 (KJV), “So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel….”

I have been married for 36 years to my wife, Kathy. We met in the Midwest around Chicago, moved to southern Kentucky, then Houston, Texas, and finally to Vermont. We have determined that this is where we will be buried. I have three children all married and out on their own, and four grandchildren who bring us much happiness.

I prefer devotion to doctrine, mercy to judgment, the gospel of Jesus to theology, and relationship to organization. When confronted with matters of doctrine or behavior, I will always err on the side of love. I am liturgical in spirit, devoted to the entire word of God, and when given the opportunity to preach will always tell you the old, old story of Jesus and His love. My greatest fear is growing to be a grumpy, old man, but my wife, Kathy, watches out for me and nips any of those tendencies in the bud.

Current interests are widely varied and include growing old with my wife, making sure I am present for my children and grandchildren, serving as treasurer for an NGO providing health care and community development in Guatemala, doing my part to be involved in our local congregation and church ministry, and enjoying country music, craft beer, cigars, and cats.

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