Rev. M. Ashley Grant


Associate Pastor - Pastor Ashley joined the Christian Education and Formation Ministries of First Church in 2007.  She studied at the University of Georgia and received her M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School.  Ordained by the New Haven Association of the UCC in 2004, Ashley served as Associate Pastor of First Congregational Church of Greenwich and then in pulpit supply ministries for the Fairfield Association.  She is currently on the Executive Board of the New Haven Association of the CT Conference of the United Church of Christ.

She brings gifts for communicating the Gospel to people of all ages and nurturing faith through Christian community in the classroom, sanctuary and beyond the walls of the church.  Her preaching draws people into the story, the poetry and grace of faith.  Ashley contributed essays to the Feasting on the Word biblical commentary series.  She has led multiple church asset mapping events both for FIrst UCC and for other churches as part of her call to help empower faith communities to see their spiritual gifts and potential. 

Rev. Ashley is married to Rev. Adam, our Senior Pastor.  They have four children who keep them busy.

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