MEET OUR STAFF
REV. ROBERTA ROMINGER
Roberta Rominger joined CCMI as our settled pastor in 2015 after thirty years of living and working in the UK, most recently as general secretary of the United Reformed Church.
Says Roberta, " I love the United Church of Christ with its bold stands for progressive theology, inclusiveness and social justice, and CCMI embodies all of that within a lively, caring Christian family. There is nothing better than breathing the fresh air of the Spirit in company with people who care deeply about faith and action."
Roberta studied at UC Berkeley and the Pacific School of Religion, then served a congregation in Arizona before moving to the UK. She is married to Dale, a retired UCC minister. She plays the cello and is active in the Seattle amateur music community. The vibrant music program at CCMI gives her great joy.
Music & Choir Director
Jeff Caldwell returns to Seattle after spending the past 13 years in New York City. In addition to his leadership at CCMI, he is a Staff Accompanist in the School of Music at the University of Puget Sound. He was on the faculty for the Juilliard School Drama Division as musical vocal coach, worked at NYU's Tisch School and CAP21 programs, and taught at AMDA as a voice teacher and staff accompanist. He played keyboard in the Broadway pit of The Producers and was a regular audition accompanist for Telsey & Company, especially for the Lincoln Center revival of South Pacific and its subsequent tours.
As a singer Jeff performed with New York City Opera in the choruses of Haroun and the Sea of Stories, La Fanciulla del West, and Cendrillon, as well as with the New York Choral Artists with the New York Philharmonic and with the Vienna Philharmonic in Carnegie Hall.
He has enjoyed a revitalization of his opera directing career (which originally brought him to Seattle years ago) with the grass roots company Operamission and their Handel Project, and has directed the North American premieres of Handel's first two operas Almira and Rodrigo.
He was a frequent music director for the songwriting team of Dan Martin and Michael Biello, especially their short film Papa's Prince and the marriage equality project First Comes Love.