Church Leadership


Rev. Adam E. Eckhart

Senior Pastor - In 2001, Adam graduated Yale Divinity School, was ordained and began 13 years of Associate Pastor ministry at First Church. Previously, he graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in Religious Studies.  Starting January 2015, Rev. Eckhart became First UCC Milford's settled Senior Pastor.  His responsibilties include ... [ more ]


Rev. M. Ashley Grant

Associate Pastor - Pastor Ashley joined the Christian Education and Formation Ministries of First Church in 2007 and was called to become our Associate Pastor in December 2016.  She studied at the University of Georgia and received her M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School.  Ordained by the New Haven Association of the UCC in 2004, Ashley served as Associate Pastor of First Congregational Church of Greenwich and then in pulpit supply ministries for the Fairfield Association ... [ more ]


Kelsey Gamble

Minister of Christian Education - Originally from Maine, Kelsey is delighted to have found a new home in Connecticut and with the community at First Church! Kelsey attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania for her undergraduate program and received her graduate degree from Virginia Tech in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Having worked in Higher Education for the past few years, Kelsey is thrilled to be at First Church in Faith Formation ... [ more ]


Daniel A. Brownell

Music Minister - A native of Hamden, CT, Daniel Brownell grew up in the UCC and has made music his vocation since the early days of youth.  He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education (cum laude) from Ithaca College, where he concentrated in Organ Performance/Church Music Studies and also completed significant major study in the areas of music theory and composition.  At Ithaca, he was an avid performer and became well-versed on many instruments including keyboards, woodwinds and percussion.  He also holds a Master of Music Education degree from the Hartt School of Music where he also majored in Wind Conducting ... [ more ]


Ashley Medina

Office Administrator - Since October 2016, Ashley Medina has served as our church's Office Administrator. Her warm personality and hard work have been a blessing since day one here and we're glad that she can help our congregation and community with questions and help our leaders get their work done efficiently. We hope you get to meet Ashley M. when you come by the church or receive her help over the phone or by email ... [ more ]


Mark Byers

Church Sexton - Mark Byers began his service with First Church in April. He is a longtime Milford resident and his family attends and participates in several of the ministries here.  On most days, you are likely to encounter Mark working in one of our Church buildings or on the Church grounds.  His office is on the first floor.  As the Church Sexton, Mark is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our five Church properties ... [ more ]


Church Board

The Church Board consists of First Church's Officers, Committee Chairpersons, and Members-at-Large.  We are grateful for the leadership and representation these members faithfully provide. [ more ]





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