Christ Proclamation Church is a congregation served by a plurality of elders and a church staff. The elders serve Proclamation by providing vision, structure, and spiritual leadership for the church. The staff serves Proclamation by overseeing the ministries of the church.
Christoph Hyder: Elder
Christoph Hyder received his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pittsburg. Christoph worked as a mechanical engineer designing industrial equipment until he met his wife, Jennifer, and had three kids, Nicholas (17), Mara (15), and Eric (12). He then switched his energies to the home front and started building marble runs and ziplines as a stay-at-home dad. When he heard of the Proclamation church plant, he eagerly jumped on board and applied his skills and efforts to building up the church, although he still looks forward to engineering the odd go-cart and tree house.
Jeff Jacobsen: Elder
Jeff Jacobsen is a Connecticut Yankee and graduate from the University of Connecticut where he received his Bachelors and Masters in Education. Jeff currently works as an 8th grade history teacher in a local public school. He has been married for over 20 years to Erica and they have three children, Madeline (21) Caleb (19) and Molly (17). He and his wife enjoy visiting historic homes, vacations in quaint towns, relaxing on the beach, and going on walks together. Jeff enjoys home improvement projects and reading history and other good books.
Steve Thiel: Elder
Steve Thiel graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY with a Masters of Divinity in June of 2011. He and his family moved to Hartford, CT in August of 2013 in order to plant Christ Proclamation Church. Steve has been married to his wife Linda for 19 years and they have 4 wonderful kids: Gabriela (18), Samuel (17), Juliana (15) and Jeremiah (13). Steve grew up in Wisconsin, is happy to be called a “Cheese Head” and is a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers, even when they’re not playing very well. He also enjoys playing basketball, reading Christian biographies, drinking coffee, working on home projects and spending time with his family.
Markes Wilson: Elder
Markes Wilson received his Bachelors in Business Communication from Cedarville University and his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. Markes currently works as a healthcare consultant. Markes and his wife Julie were married in Burlington, Vermont, spent over a decade in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire / Vermont, and moved to CT in 2015 to continue being helpful to new and young churches. Markes and Julie have 3 children, Ada (16), Evie, (14), and Elliott (11). Markes loves being at home with his family, tries to avoid working constantly, and enjoys reading, teaching, and is a fan of playing and watching most sports.