Union Baptist Church Staff


Director of Music

Robin M. Crandall has been involved in church music direction since the 1970’s. She holds a BM and an MM in vocal performance, with a minor in piano from Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, and has since completed certification programs to teach public school music as well as K-8 regular education in the public schools in CT. She has recently retired from teaching elementary music and integrated arts in the Groton Public School system.  Robin is a member of Chorister’s Guild, the Handbell Musicians of America, and Delta Omicron. Robin has been playing and/or directing handbells since the late 1960’s.  Robin also has background in theatre as well as harpsichord building and decoration! She also is the founder and director of The Seraphim Consort, a recorder Group made up of both children and adults. She truly enjoys working with her choirs, and focuses on making rehearsals challenging and fun.  Photo by J. Ross, Ok3 Photography.



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.



Carl Strand Jr.  Photo by J. Ross, Ok3 Photography.







Cribroom Attendant

Rianna Rubino began caring for the children of UBC in the crib room at the beginning of summer 2016. She has been working in various positions in daycare and learning center environments for over 16 years, including the position of a lead teacher.  Rianna grew up on Long Island and more recently moved to Quaker Hill with her 14 year old son Garrett.  She is happy to be here at UBC in such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Please take the time to stop in the crib room and introduce yourself to Rianna!




Happy Time Director

Sue DeStefano holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Connecticut. She has taught young children for nearly 30 years — and has been at Happy Time since 1992. Since 2004 she has been the Director at Happy Time, where she teaches all classes. She is the mother of two girls, both Happy Time alumni, and lives in Mystic with her husband, Carmine, and daughter, Sarah. Her daughter Emily is married with one adorable toddler girl named Kahlan, who will be attending Happy Time in the fall.




Custodial Service:

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Members of the Congregation


Worship Hours:

10:30 a.m. Sundays

Summer Hours:

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