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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Courtney Steininger, Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries. After receiving over 50 applications for the Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries position, and after two rounds of interviewing final candidates, the Search Committee headed up by Randy Ferguson, and including Megan Wunderlich, Mark Magnusen, Laurel Carlson, Lisa Gifford, Christine Mangone, Julie Reeves, Vivi Reeves, Alexandra Gillespie, and Rev. Herr unanimously and with enthusiasm recommended to the FPCNC Session, that Courtney be hired to serve and begin this coming January. The Session, after reviewing Courtney’s resume and considering the recommendation of the Search Committee, unanimously voted to approve hiring Courtney. We are therefore thrilled to announce that she has accepted the position to come and serve our congregation! She is a lifetime Presbyterian from Darnestown, Maryland; completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (with a minor in Religious Studies) at the University of Maryland, College Park; is currently a senior at Princeton Theological Seminary and will graduate in May of 2021. She is an intern at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church. She served in Children’s Ministry at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, and was a student intern in Religion and International Affairs at the Ecumenical Office of the United Nations. She served as a member of and liaison to the General Assembly of the PCUSA for the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns. She was a representative of the PCUSA at the World Council of Churches Global Consultation for the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the Decade of the Churches in Solidarity with Women; served as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate to the General Assembly PCUSA.
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Victoria Shields, Director of Music and Arts. Ms. Shields is conservatory-trained with 25 years of experience as a church musician and organ recitalist, which ensures that our rich tradition of music excellence at FPCNC continues under her wonderful guidance. She has proven excellence in choral rehearsing and conducting techniques, virtuosic organ and piano skills, extensive experience working with children and youth choirs, knowledge of a wide range of sacred music styles and genres, and a history of building multi-faceted music programs for all ages. Victoria firmly believes in the ministry of sacred music and in the role of the church musician as a spiritual leader and educator. Ms. Shields came to us from the Washington D.C. area and was thrilled to return home to the Northeast to be nearer her family.
203.966.0002 (ext. 3)
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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