Church Leadership


Rev. Adam E. Eckhart
Senior Pastor
- Rev. Adam calls himself an April Fool for Christ.

Grounded in faith that God encounters us through our experiences of people, creation in general, and the biblical tradition, 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 24th 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 - A native of Hamden, CT, Daniel Brownell grew up in the UCC and has made music his vocation since his youth. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (cum laude) from Ithaca College, where he concentrated in Organ Performance/Church Music Studies and also completed significant major study in the areas of music theory and composition. At Ithaca, he was an avid performer and became well-versed on many instruments including keyboards, woodwinds and percussion.  He also holds a Master of Music Education degree from the Hartt School of Music where he also majored in Wind Conducting ... [ more ]


Mark Byers
Church Sexton
- Mark Byers began his service with First Church in April.

He is a longtime Milford resident and his family attends and participates in several of the ministries here. 

On most days, you are likely to encounter Mark working in one of our Church buildings or on the Church grounds.  His office is on the first floor. 

As the Church Sexton, Mark 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: Joe Jeffery
Clerk: Allison Britting
Treasurer: Bob Rich
Members-At-Large: Margie Ruggeri, Michele Steinlauf
Pastors: Rev. Adam Eckhart, Rev. M. Ashley Grant

Ministry Chairpeople
Diaconate: Karen Testone & Marlene Sanchez
Trustees: Keith Charron
Faith Formation: Kyrah Keating
Music: Alison Gottsegen & James Sykes
Christian Outreach: Nanci Russell & Lorna Charron
Stewardship: Steve Perrett & Will Osanitsch
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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