LEadership

 

Lead Pastors

REVEREND BRADLEY CAUSEY

Brad is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and holds a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University.

Over the last decade in vocational ministry, Brad has served the local church as a staff pastor overseeing worship arts, small groups, family ministries, technical support, and various other areas of service as needed. Prior to full-time pastoral work, Brad has served on the regional, district, and national levels for the Assemblies of God. This past work experience was alongside the Superintendent of the Southern New England Ministry Network, the Assemblies of God Church Multiplication Network, and U.S. Missions for the Assemblies of God. These pivotal ministry support roles have given Brad a perspective of church ministry beyond the walls of the local church and a life-changing commitment to leading as a pastor with a missional worldview.

Brad believes the church should be a place to not only encounter or experience God but to also experience true life transformation and a growing faith. When faith is expressed in authentic ways, the present world is changed for the better. He has a passion to see the Arts used to make an impact on a person's heart and life, and at the same time enable worship of God.

Personally, Brad and Christan have three energetic children, Cavin, Paxton, and Havyn. Brad loves playing together as a family and drinking a great cup of coffee.

REVEREND CHRISTAN CAUSEY

Christan graduated from Evangel University with a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education (emphasis in Theatre and Communications), and a minor in Biblical Studies. She is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God.

Christan is passionate about three things: God, her family, and ministry. Christan desires to see the church communicate Christ's love and grace in excellence. Her greatest passion is to help those that have been broken by life's difficulty to experience Christ's beautiful grace and healing. And as a result experience the abundant life He offers. 

She enjoys time with her family, a good book, and writing for her blog (www.christancausey.com).


Leadership Team

 Abbie Stetson   Creative Arts Lead   Abbie is a graduate of Northpoint Bible College, with a double major in Biblical Theology and Christian Education. She loves to travel, is an avid snowboarder and often spends her spare time with her close-knit family. Abbie is very extroverted, people-oriented, and describes herself as "a true free-spirit." You will frequently see her smiling, laughing at her own jokes, and building new friendships. Abbie is passionate about music and loves to play piano and sing. She also deeply enjoys creative writing and designing.  Most importantly, Abbie believes the Church is an extension of Christ's love, as outlined in Scripture. For this reason, Abbie desires to see her local church act as a community which continuously serves others with compassion and relentlessly loves the lost. She deeply cares for people and lives to make God's redemptive grace known. Abbie is passionate about being a part of God's transformation process in her own life and in the lives of others.  Abbie is currently in the process of relocating into West Hartford, CT. She is so excited to be a part of the work God is doing through Essence Place!  "To know Christ and make Him known."

Abbie Stetson
Creative Arts Lead

Abbie is a graduate of Northpoint Bible College, with a double major in Biblical Theology and Christian Education. She loves to travel, is an avid snowboarder and often spends her spare time with her close-knit family. Abbie is very extroverted, people-oriented, and describes herself as "a true free-spirit." You will frequently see her smiling, laughing at her own jokes, and building new friendships. Abbie is passionate about music and loves to play piano and sing. She also deeply enjoys creative writing and designing.

Most importantly, Abbie believes the Church is an extension of Christ's love, as outlined in Scripture. For this reason, Abbie desires to see her local church act as a community which continuously serves others with compassion and relentlessly loves the lost. She deeply cares for people and lives to make God's redemptive grace known. Abbie is passionate about being a part of God's transformation process in her own life and in the lives of others.

Abbie is currently in the process of relocating into West Hartford, CT. She is so excited to be a part of the work God is doing through Essence Place!

"To know Christ and make Him known."

 Devan Curry   Logistics   Coordinator      Ashton Curry   Essence Kids Lead   Devan and Ashton have been married for four years, and welcomed their daughter Nora to the family in 2017! They both graduated from the University of Valley Forge, Devan majoring in Psychology and Ashton majoring in Early Childhood Education. Devan later went on to complete a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Westfield State University. They both enjoy traveling and are enjoying exploring new places now as a family of three. Ashton enjoys crafts, finding new recipes to bake and cook, and working with younger children. Devan is an avid sports fan, is passionate about music, and enjoys working with different aspects of technology.  Devan and Ashton both believe in not only God’s ability to create important and positive change through the work of the Church but also through those who go out into their own communities and bring God’s message of hope to those who may not experience it otherwise. They both are especially passionate about one of the key values of Essence Place, holistic transformation. In this, they believe that God wants to use them not only in the church, but also in their individual careers working directly with people in the community to help bring restoration to individual persons, relationships, and families.  Devan currently works as a Mental Health Crisis Clinician and Ashton as a Developmental Specialist in Early Intervention. While they live in Western Massachusetts, they are excited to be part of Essence Place and work in West Hartford and the surrounding communities experience all that God is waiting to do in the region!

Devan Curry
Logistics Coordinator   

Ashton Curry
Essence Kids Lead

Devan and Ashton have been married for four years, and welcomed their daughter Nora to the family in 2017! They both graduated from the University of Valley Forge, Devan majoring in Psychology and Ashton majoring in Early Childhood Education. Devan later went on to complete a Masters in Mental Health Counseling at Westfield State University. They both enjoy traveling and are enjoying exploring new places now as a family of three. Ashton enjoys crafts, finding new recipes to bake and cook, and working with younger children. Devan is an avid sports fan, is passionate about music, and enjoys working with different aspects of technology.

Devan and Ashton both believe in not only God’s ability to create important and positive change through the work of the Church but also through those who go out into their own communities and bring God’s message of hope to those who may not experience it otherwise. They both are especially passionate about one of the key values of Essence Place, holistic transformation. In this, they believe that God wants to use them not only in the church, but also in their individual careers working directly with people in the community to help bring restoration to individual persons, relationships, and families.

Devan currently works as a Mental Health Crisis Clinician and Ashton as a Developmental Specialist in Early Intervention. While they live in Western Massachusetts, they are excited to be part of Essence Place and work in West Hartford and the surrounding communities experience all that God is waiting to do in the region!

 Josue OTERO  Community Care Lead   Delicia Otero  Essence Kids Team Member   Josue and Delicia Otero married in 2010 and love God wholeheartedly.  They have 5 amazing sons Gian, Lucas, Elias, Mateo and Xavier.  They understand that marriage takes intentions and commitment. They also acknowledge that placing God in the center of not only their relationship but with their children and others contributes to a happy, successful life.  Josue delivers groceries with Peapod and loves to make people smile and find ways to make their life just a little easier.  His passion and hobby is entrepreneurship. At the core of his business, Josue would like to help and improve the overall quality of the community.  Delicia is a stay at home mom.  She loves music, fashion, and long drives. She studied Accounting in college and worked in Customer Service for many years. Overall she enjoys serving her family and others.  As a whole Josue and Delicia are committed to God's work in Essence Place and what God is starting in West Hartford!

Josue OTERO
Community Care Lead

Delicia Otero
Essence Kids Team Member

Josue and Delicia Otero married in 2010 and love God wholeheartedly.  They have 5 amazing sons Gian, Lucas, Elias, Mateo and Xavier.  They understand that marriage takes intentions and commitment. They also acknowledge that placing God in the center of not only their relationship but with their children and others contributes to a happy, successful life.

Josue delivers groceries with Peapod and loves to make people smile and find ways to make their life just a little easier.  His passion and hobby is entrepreneurship. At the core of his business, Josue would like to help and improve the overall quality of the community.

Delicia is a stay at home mom.  She loves music, fashion, and long drives. She studied Accounting in college and worked in Customer Service for many years. Overall she enjoys serving her family and others.

As a whole Josue and Delicia are committed to God's work in Essence Place and what God is starting in West Hartford!

 Frankie and LESBIA HERNANDEZ  Host Team Leads   Lesbia & Frankie Hernandez have been married for 25 years. Together they raised and discipled their two children up to adulthood. As a couple, they truly value and invest their time into their children’s lives. It was important to them that their kids were grounded and rooted in Christ. Raising, teaching, and loving their children took precedence as they saw their family as their ministry. Now as empty nesters, they are really enjoying taking day trips together and discovering the surrounding towns and always looking for a new place to eat from different cultures. They also love to travel together, hosting dinners for family and friends which includes cooking some delicious authentic Puerto Rican food.  Lesbia is currently a Realtor for Remax in CT. Over the last 20 years, she has used her professional expertise and her servant’s heart to help numerous single mothers, families, and refugees from different countries become first time home buyers. Frankie Hernandez is a Network Plant Engineer for Comcast Cable. For over 25 years in the industry, Frankie has worked from inner cities to urban areas. Frankie loves meeting new people and traveling throughout New England to give support with issues. As a leader, Frankie strives to be a positive example to the team he manages and the peers he works alongside.  As a couple, they love sharing the love of Christ with families and young people. They are passionate about people coming to know Christ and seeing God’s transformational power impact their lives. They are excited to follow God’s direction to join Essence Place, believing God has a great plan for the community of West Hartford. Frank and Lesbia are honored to be part of this incredible team!

Frankie and LESBIA HERNANDEZ
Host Team Leads

Lesbia & Frankie Hernandez have been married for 25 years. Together they raised and discipled their two children up to adulthood. As a couple, they truly value and invest their time into their children’s lives. It was important to them that their kids were grounded and rooted in Christ. Raising, teaching, and loving their children took precedence as they saw their family as their ministry. Now as empty nesters, they are really enjoying taking day trips together and discovering the surrounding towns and always looking for a new place to eat from different cultures. They also love to travel together, hosting dinners for family and friends which includes cooking some delicious authentic Puerto Rican food.

Lesbia is currently a Realtor for Remax in CT. Over the last 20 years, she has used her professional expertise and her servant’s heart to help numerous single mothers, families, and refugees from different countries become first time home buyers. Frankie Hernandez is a Network Plant Engineer for Comcast Cable. For over 25 years in the industry, Frankie has worked from inner cities to urban areas. Frankie loves meeting new people and traveling throughout New England to give support with issues. As a leader, Frankie strives to be a positive example to the team he manages and the peers he works alongside.

As a couple, they love sharing the love of Christ with families and young people. They are passionate about people coming to know Christ and seeing God’s transformational power impact their lives. They are excited to follow God’s direction to join Essence Place, believing God has a great plan for the community of West Hartford. Frank and Lesbia are honored to be part of this incredible team!