Baptist Fellowship Church * Pause and Paint

Baptist Fellowship Church

Early in 1965, a survey of the area and a Bible study on a Tuesday evening at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Fred Calderwood were the beginning of what is now Baptist Fellowship.  God blessed those efforts, and by August 1965, the first Sunday morning worship service was held with an attendance of 34.  These events followed, and give you a sense of where we have been, and who we are today:

1966- Jack Schneider becomes the first pastor of Baptist Fellowship

1967 – A Bible study initiated by Baptist Fellowship becomes the First Baptist Church of Tolland

1970 – Lester and Grace Cooper donate land in Columbia for a church building

1971 – Our first building (now the chapel and offices) is dedicated

1976 – Scotland Christian Fellowship is started as a mission church of Baptist Fellowship


Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas. Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections. Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art. For more information:

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