Rev. M. Ashley Grant

Associate Pastor - Pastor Ashley joined the Christian Education and Formation Ministries of First Church in 2007 and was called to become our Associate Pastor in December 2016.  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. 

Rev. Ashley 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 and Rev. Adam, our Senior Pastor, are married. They have four delightful children who keep them busy.

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