Union Baptist Church Staff


Director of Music

Janice Brewer grew up in Mystic and attended Union Baptist church from a young age, having been baptized there and inevitably gravitating back to her church family after college. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science with a concentration in Vocal Performance in Music Education from the University of Vermont. Janice holds certifications in Conversational Solfege levels 1 and 2, along with a certification for Upper Level Conversational Solfege that she received at the Hartt School of Music.

Photo by Larry Reiter




Dr. John Dreslin has been our organist since 1992. He is a retired dentist, but maintains an active career as a pianist and theatrical music director. John grew up in New York City where he took seven years of piano instruction. He learned everything else “on the job.” He is a graduate of Wagner College and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. John is active in many professional organizations and is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry, Master of the American Endodontic Society and lifetime member of both the Connecticut State Dental Association and American Dental Association. He is also a member of the American Federation of Musicians, American Guild of Organists, Goodspeed Opera House Foundation and the Thames Valley School of Music Board of Trustees. He is the Music Director of the Connecticut Gilbert and Sullivan Society and has participated in over 120 productions on the community, professional and high school level. He has won nine Eugene O’Neill Awards for Musical Direction and a lifetime achievement award from CG&SS.  He lives with his wife Monika in Stonington and enjoys their 8 grandchildren. Photo by J. Ross, Ok3 Photography.


Administrative Assistant

April Sauchuk was raised in Mystic and attended Union Baptist Church with her family as a child. She left the church after high school but later found her way back while dating her husband Michael, a member at Union Baptist. April has served on the UBC Board of Deacons, the Nominating Committee and the Board of Trustees. She has also volunteered on the Caring Committee and helps to maintain the church Memorial Garden. April thoroughly enjoys supporting the staff and congregation of Union Baptist Church in her position as Administrative Assistant.  Photo by J. Ross, Ok3 Photography.


Cribroom Attendant

Marie Oko grew up in Mystic and has been a member of the church since she was a young child.  She has worked with young children during her 13 years as a Girl Scout and has worked in classroom settings with Groton Public Schools.  When she was a teenager, she spent time in the church crib room volunteering and was very excited to take the job as Crib Room Attendant. In that time, she became a mom of two boys herself. She is very thankful that her family is part of an such an amazing and supportive community. Photo by Larry Reiter





Carl Strand Jr. 













Photo by J. Ross, Ok3 Photography  





Custodial Service:

Seabird Enterprises


Members of the Congregation


Worship Hours:

10:30 a.m. Sundays

Summer Hours:

9:30 a.m. Sundays Father's Day through Labor Day