Photo by Roxbury Photography
Photo by Roxbury Photography

Pastor Debbi Mygatt

Pastor Debbi is the founder and senior pastor of Eastward Christian Fellowship, Inc.  She first developed a thriving healing ministry in Ridgefield, CT in 2002, and became a licensed local pastor in 2008, serving as associate pastor at Jesse Lee for eight years.

In July of 2016 Debbi relocated to Redding, CT and continues the ministry of Christian healing at Eastward, where she was ordained on October 7, 2017 by Bishop Alex McCullough.

Her ministry focus is to encourage people to grow spiritually, and to connect with the healing love of Jesus Christ.  Many people have received training through the prayer and healing courses she offers each year, and have come from several christian denominations.

Debbi is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she received dual degrees in education, and in visual and performing arts.  Her seminary studies continued at COSSO in West Virginia.  She and her husband, Peter, have five children and a growing list of grandchildren.


Pastor Marie Pronesti

Pastor Marie is the Associate Pastor of Eastward Christian Fellowship and has been serving there since October 2016.

In 2002, Marie  came to saving faith in Jesus Christ through the Alpha course and the love of God through his people. She loves studying and teaching God’s Word, healing ministry, women’s ministry and being anywhere with family and the Body of Christ.

In 2009, after serving on the Vestry and leading both the Mercy Ministry and the Healing and Intercession Ministry at St. Paul’s in Darien, the Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of New England discerned her call to ordination and Marie began her seminary studies. Upon her return to Connecticut, she was part of a team from Stanwich Congregational Church that planted a church campus in Stamford in 2014. She also leads the healing prayer teams for a group of several hundred women in the Roman Catholic Church. Her heart’s desire is to serve the Lord in ministry, so every person could live their life to the full, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Marie earned bachelor’s degree from both the State University of New York and the University of New Haven, and in 2012 was awarded a Masters of Divinity with a focus on Church Planting from Trinity School for Ministry in Pennsylvania.