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: Courtney is a lifetime Presbyterian from Darnestown, Maryland. She completed her B.A. in English Literature (with minors in Religious Studies and Technology Entrepreneurship) at the University of Maryland, College Park. At UMD, she was highly involved with United Campus Ministry, a joint PCUSA, UCC, and Disciples of Christ ministry, where she first listened to her call to ministry. During her time in college, she also served as a Young Adult Advisory Delegate to the 222 General Assembly, which opened her eyes to the connectionalism of the Church and inspired her to so much of her current work.
Courtney is currently a senior at Princeton Theological Seminary and will graduate in May of 2021. While at PTS, she worked in Children’s Ministry at Nassau Presbyterian Church, Princeton, served as Teaching Ministry intern at Lawrenceville Presbyterian Church, and was a student intern in Religion and International Affairs at the Ecumenical Office of the United Nations.
She currently serves as a member of the General Assembly of the PCUSA Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns, and is a liaison from that group to the General Assembly Committee on Representation. Obviously, her denominational identity and work is important to her, but she also lives by the call to be “Reformed and always reforming,” which she does by convening a group of young adults working towards polity reform in the PCUSA. She formerly served as 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.
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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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