Rev. Dr. R. Scott Herr, Pastor/Head of Staff
Scott was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and raised in Portland, OR, graduating from Lewis and Clark College. He studied in Guilin, China for a semester. After graduating with a BA in history, he worked in Kanazawa, Japan, and from there went to Princeton, NJ, where he received his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. During his years at PTS he served at an inner-city Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, and traveled through Central America which put him in contact with the Union Church in Mexico City, where after his ordination in the PCUSA, he served as Associate Pastor from 1987 – 1990 and as Senior Pastor from 1990 – 1993. He met and was married to his wife Kim Harrison in Mexico City.
In 1993 they moved to Switzerland as Scott was called to serve as the Senior Pastor of the International Protestant Church of Zürich. They lived in Zürich for six years where their first three children, Danny, Chris, and Rebecca, were born. In 1999 Scott was called to serve as the Senior Associate Pastor for the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Collins, Colorado. He served in that position for nine years and, Matthew, their youngest son, was born there. In 2006 he received his Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2008 the family moved to Paris, France, where he joined the American Church in Paris as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff.
Scott has eclectic interests and loves walking with Kim and seeing their kids over the holidays. He enjoys various genres of music, art, reading, movies, cycling, skiing, good food, and wine. Scott’s favorite Scripture is Philippians chapter 2. His favorite quote is: “I am a weak man in the hands of a strong God”, and he is absolutely thrilled to be called to serve the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan!
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Jan Lucie, Interim Director of Music and Fine Arts
Jan brings to our congregation many years of experience directing choirs of all ages and handbells in addition to skills at the piano and organ. Coming to us from Colorado and Illinois, she is a trained educator with degrees in choral education and conducting, having taught all ages from kindergartners to graduate students. Before retirement she was a paralegal and served a Presbyterian church as Director of Music.
203.966.0002 (ext. 3)
Virginia Leeman, Interim Organist
Virginia Leeman is delighted to repeat as Interim Organist at First Presbyterian, having previously served in 2015-2016. She began her piano studies at age 5 and organ studies at age 12 and continued both through college. Now retired, she most recently served as Interim Organist for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church of New Canaan.
Sherry Tate, Cherub Choir Director
Ms. Tate is an inspirational music teacher of young children, as well as a talented vocal soloist with extensive credentials in church music, choral ensemble, and musical theater. As the director of the cherub choir for more than 20 years, Sherry helps the youngest in our musical family discover their singing voices, explore music basics with movement, and perform simple anthems and songs for worship.
Tina St. Armand, Office Manager: Ms. St. Armand began working at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan in September 1988. Married to Art (for more than 40 years), together they have two adult children: Artie (a special needs adult) and Valerie.
203.966.0002 (ext. 1)
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