Who We Are


Pastor Judie Bryant

I was called to MVCC in June 2012. Before my first interview, my husband, Geoff, and I drove up to Mont Vernon and parked in the parking lot across the street. I simply sat in our car and looked at the church and I knew that God was calling me to this place at this time. It felt so right. Thankfully the search committee and congregation felt the same way. Prior to serving MVCC, I served a church in Massachusetts for about 19 years, first as the Director of Christian Education and then as the Acting Associate Minister for Congregational Life. Geoff and I have three children, Chris, Katie and Daniel, all adults and finding their own paths, and two grandchildren – Alex Lilyrose and Dezmond Sacha. Our two Wheaten Terriers, Sammy and Bailey, still live at home. I earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA. I’m presently in a two year program to become a Spiritual Director. I love to read, walk in the woods, bike, laugh, write, listen to people’s stories on The Moth, have good conversations, learn new things, binge watch favorite TV shows and visit historical homes. You can reach me at revjudiebryant@gmail.com.


Abbie Velez

Hey! My name is Abbie Velez and I’m the music director at MVCC. I’ve spent my whole life studying music. I started at 3 years old on the piano with this crazy musical gift and I quickly became a child prodigy studying with prestigious teachers and dreaming of Juilliard. God had other plans for me however! I’m now a busy mom of 4 boys and have spent the last ten years using my musical gift for the church. I play piano, organ and clarinet! I sing and direct our choir and praise band. I love what I do! I am so thankful God blessed me with this gift and that I use it every day to praise Him!



Cathy Leonard

Children have been the main focus of my entire adult life. I have six children of my own, and I have also worked with and supported elementary age students as a Para Educator for eight years. I have also had the opportunity to tend and care for the children of Mont Vernon Congregational Church nursery. In addition, I have taught weekly Bible classes at church for children ranging in ages from birth to ten years old for most of the last thirty years or so. My greatest passion is to educate all children to know and love their God.