Reverend Laura Westby, Pastor

The Rev. Laura Westby joined the Congregational Church of New Fairfield in ministry as its Interim Pastor on October 1, 2016.  Rev. Laura takes over for Rev. Dr. Patricia Nicholas who retired on September 30, 2016.  Rev. Laura has been in the ministry for 25 years, has served nine congregations as the interim pastor, and served at the First Congregational Church of Danbury from 2004-2012 as their Senior Pastor.   Her first career was nursing where she worked as a home care nurse for several years, and served as clinical supervisor and chaplain for two home hospice organizations.  She is deeply committed to the work of transitional ministry, and is looking forward to working with the Congregational Church of New Fairfield during this time of transition.

Rev. Laura and her husband of 34 years, Kie Westby, live in Southbury.  Both are natives of Thomaston, CT where Kie has a law practice.  They have two daughters:  Sarah, who is an attorney in Hartford, and Rachel, who will complete her student teaching at Nonnewaug High School in December.  Rev. Laura is an avid gardener, knitter and quilter.  She and her husband share their home with two cats and “the world’s best golden retriever”.

Carl Anderson
Reverend Carl Anderson, Minister of Music

Carl Anderson is the Minister of Music. He is also an Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ. Carl’s full time ministry is as Director of the Spiritual Services Department at Masonicare. Music is the joyous noise of our service. The senior choir, ageless bells, solo student musicians, Holy Skits, and African drumming circle – all contribute to the harmony. Carl, along with his wife, Betsy, also directs our annual summer musical theater production for young people. The summer play is in its 20th year. Youth from around the area vie to be part of the show. This year’s show has not yet been announced – check back for in May for information on try-outs for the cast, and how to join the technical crew. Whether you can act, sing, paint, sew, or buy a ticket to the show, Carl and Betsy would love to hear from you. Margaret, Betsy and Carl’s daughter is active in Church School, Compassionate Kids, and the Summer Play.

Liz Yoho
Liz Yoho, Director of Children & Youth Ministries

Liz Yoho, Director of Children and Youth Ministries, does a fabulous job working with children from pre-school through high school. Liz has been involved with children’s ministry, as both a volunteer and staff member, for over 25 years. Her creative approach to teaching opens up the Bible stories for children of all ages. Using a “rotation model” for Church School, all grades learn the same stories over a several weeks using a variety of modalities, from cooking and painting, to videotaping and computer games, and more. Liz also engages our High School youth through our annual service trip to Appalachia each summer. The group of teens and adults has grown to 57 people this year! Liz and her husband, Tracy, are the parents of Brandon, who attends Western Connecticut State University, and Meredith, a student at NFHS.

Gina Colp
Gina Colp, Church Secretary (office)

Gina Colp joined the staff as our church secretary in 2013. She quickly became an integral part of our team. Gina offers a warm welcome to members and visitors alike. She is always ready to help with information, scheduling the building space for non-profit groups, or answering the phone, as well as numerous ‘behind the scene’ tasks that keep everything running smoothly. Gina serves as the editor for the monthly newsletter, The Candlelight and produces the weekly worship bulletin. Gina and her husband are longtime residents of New Fairfield, and between them they share five children & six grandchildren. Gina’s hobbies include reading, decorating and spending time with family.

Ron Webb
Ron Webb, Sexton

Our sexton, Ron Webb, began his duties as a Sexton in 2008. His dedication to the church can be seen in the care he takes to make sure the building is neat and clean. In addition, as a long time church member, Ron has served on a number of Church Teams, including Missions and Worship & Ministry. He and his wife, Sue, are also active as Welcome Hosts and serving on the Vitality Team. During the Christmas season Ron can be spotted in a red suit bringing the magic of Christmas to children in the area at Holiday parties for Interfaith AIDS, New Fairfield Christmas Tree Lighting, and a number of other organizations. Ron and Sue have six children, 15 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He is a fan of the Boston Red Sox, Patriots, and Rangers, and enjoys spending time with his family and pets.