About Us

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Our History

Christ Church Books & Gifts was founded in 1984 by Marijane Marks and a few friends in a closet… literally. Over the years it expanded and grew into a vibrant part of Christ Church Greenwich parish life. In 2013, as a result of a generous gift, the store was reimagined, renovated and doubled in size by adding a second floor. Christ Church Books & Gifts now possesses the charm that every modern book and gift store aspires to have, while remaining an invauluable spiritual resource for Greenwich and neighboring communities. Featuring a curated selection of both religious and secular new and notable books, Christ Church Books & Gifts also carries everyday and seasonal gifts. We are known for our wonderful Christmas display and Easter basket bar. Complete with a cozy sitting area upstairs and a cafe downstairs, Christ Church Books & Gifts is the perfect location to meet friends, shop and spend time.

Our Staff

Rebecca Smith Ford GM, Head of Buying and Marketing

Becky holds an MFA in painting from Yale University. She moved to New York after doing residencies at both Skowhegan School of Art in Maine and The Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She exhibited her paintings for several years before deciding to focus on the art gallery she had set up in front of her studio. Bellwether Gallery, specializing in emerging artists, became a wildly popular and influential gallery for ten years until it closed in 2009. She returned to painting in 2011 and has recently started exhibiting again. Her experiences in the art world and relationship with the church are the subject of a recently-completed memoir, entitled Artless.

She is also the director of Christ Church Greenwich’s Courage & Faith Speaker Series and a regular contributor to the Greenwich Sentinel.

Colette de Jounge Weekday Manager, Buying and Merchandizing Assistant

Colette started out her working life in international advertising where she became interested in cross-cultural issues. She went on to gain her Master’s degree in education with a special focus on cross-cultural training. She is passionate about modern dance, cooking and gardening, and leads a weekly Bible study in her home. An avid reader, Colette tries to have several books going at a time, one during her commute, one with her daughter and one in her spare time. She lives with her husband Rikard and daughter Liv in Fairfield. Her two older children, Henry and Emily, are out in the world making her proud.

Gabi Hitel Weekend Manager, Communications Assistant

Gabi has been a part of Christ Church parish and choir life since moving to Greenwich in 2008, when her father Jamie was hired as music director. Having graduated from Bucknell University in 2018 with a degree in philosophy, she has now moved back home where she assists with running Christ Church Books & Gifts and developing web content. Gabi is passionate about many things, but her main love is for other people. When she isn’t talking to customers or making iced coffee, Gabi enjoys napping with her cat, J.R., writing poetry, and partaking in yoga and Susy Schieffelin’s Sound Baths!

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