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”.