Church Leadership

Rev. Adam E. Eckhart
Senior Pastor
- Rev. Adam Eckhart has served First Church Milford for almost twenty years but still embodies a youthful spirit that engages the church in its faith and ministry.

Adam preaches with one foot in the biblical story and the other in today's world with all its complications, brokenness, and humor.

First U.C.C. Milford called Adam to be its settled Senior Pastor after he served for 13 years as the church's Associate Pastor...   [ more ]

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 ... [ more ]

Kelsey DeCarlo
Minister of Christian Education
- Originally from Maine, Kelsey is delighted to have found a new home in Connecticut and with the community at First Church!

Kelsey attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania for her undergraduate program and received her graduate degree from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Having worked in Higher Education for the past few years, Kelsey is thrilled to be at First Church in Faith Formation ... [ more ]

Daniel A. Brownell
Music Minister
- Daniel Brownell has been the Minister of Music and principal organist at First Church since March 2015. As a versatile professional musician, Dan has quite literally done it all- he has over 10 years experience as a church music director, he has over 10 years of experience as a licensed professional music educator, and he has many, many years of experience as a performance artist, music composer and arranger, and most recently, experience in music technology areas such as acoustic engineering, video editing and live-streaming tech development. [ more ]

Nicole Moore
Office Administrator -
Since October 2019, Nicole Moore has served as our church's Office Administrator.

Her warm personality, hard work, and orgainzational skills have been a blessing since day one here and we're glad that she can help our congregation and community with questions and help our leaders get their work done efficiently.

We hope you get to meet Nicole when you come by the church or receive her help over the phone or by email ... [ more ]

Zoltan Erdei
Church Sexton
- Zoltan ("Zoli") Erdei began his service with First Church in July 2021. He is a longtime Connecticut resident who grew up in Hungary and was trained as a master carpenter before moving to the United States.. 

On Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, you are likely to encounter Zoli working in one of our Church buildings or on the Church grounds.  As the Church Sexton, Zoli is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our five Church properties ... [ more ]

Church Board

The Church Board consists of First Church's Officers, Committee Chairpersons, two Members-at-Large, and a Pastor. We are grateful for the leadership and representation these members faithfully provide.

Moderator: Ann Sabo
Vice Moderator: Will Osanitsch
Clerk: Allison Britting
Treasurer: Bob Rich
Members-At-Large: Carol LaBrake, Nina Kienzle
Pastors: Rev. Adam Eckhart, Rev. M. Ashley Grant

Ministry Chairpeople
Diaconate: Karen Testone & Marlene Sanchez
Trustees: April Preiss
Faith Formation: John Haas
Music: Alison Gottsegen & James Sykes
Christian Outreach: Letty Corrado and Angela Arpino
Stewardship: Steve Perrett, Michele Olsson
Personnel: Andrea Mullen & Marilyn Cormack

In addition to board members and members of ministries and committees, we have other leaders who support the work of the officers and the church in general:

Assistant Treasurers: Pam Trotto, Faith Whitsett, Paul Goglia, Jim Rich
Financial Secretary: Judy Haley
Assistant Financial Secretary: TBD
Assistant Clerk: Debra Rich
Historian: Ardienne Damicis
Communications: TBD
Open and Affirming: Jamie Rude & Tammy Theis-Satterlee

These leaders welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the ministries of the church.

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