Meet the CLERGY

Rev. Hamilton Throckmorton

Senior Pastor

     440.247.6490 ext. 100


Hamilton was born and raised in Bangor, Maine.  A lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, he is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  After attending Yale Divinity School, he received his Master of Divinity from Bangor (Maine) Theological Seminary. 

From 1987 to 1995, he served two multi-denominational churches in East Montpelier, Vermont.  In 1995, he moved with his family to Barrington, Rhode Island, where, until 2004, he served as senior minister of Barrington Congregational Church, UCC.  

In November of 2004, Hamilton began his ministry at Federated Church. As a pastor, his focus and passion have always been the Bible, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care. 

Hamilton is married to Mary Senechal, an artist and registered nurse. They have two  adult sons.


Rev. Mark Simone

Associate Pastor of Family Ministries

     440.463.9439 ext. 101


Mark joined the staff at Federated Church in1989 as youth pastor. He still loves teenagers everywhere.  People wonder when he’ll “grow up” and become a real pastor. After over 38 years in youth ministry, Mark believes he pastors the church of the future while ministering to youth in the present. 

Born and raised in Ravenna, Ohio, Mark served in the church of his childhood, First Congregational Church. Education: undergraduate degree (dual major in psychology and sociology) from Kent State University and a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary.

Mark is married to Kathy Simone, artist and teacher at Orange Schools.  They have four kids and six grandkids, all residing in Chagrin Falls – which means lots of family dinners and a little too much babysitting!