Reverend Doctor Todd Grant Yonkman
Transitional Senior Minister since March 2016
Raised in the Christian Reformed Church as the son of a minster, the Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman was drawn to the openness of the United Church of Christ. He and his wife, Nicole, have both been ministers since 1996, when they completed their studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. (Nicole serves as senior pastor of another UCC congregation in Connecticut.)
Todd is the author of “Reconstructing Church: Tools for Turning Your Congregation Around” a study of his ministry with Nicole in Providence, Rhode Island. Outside of ministry and writing, Todd’s hobbies include Bonsai trees, vocal performance, guitar, and Masters level swimming. His first passion remains working with local communities to help the Gospel of Christ to continue to change lives and change the world.
Acting Minister of Music
David began working for FCC in April 2017. For the past 17 years, David Gomez has been Director of Choirs of some of the most successful adult and youth vocal music programs in New York and Connecticut. His career has offered him experience in leading music programs ranging from diverse communities in Brooklyn to the more affluent in Connecticut, such as in New Canaan and Ridgefield.
David has strong artistic roots in Stamford. For the past 4 seasons, he has been permanent conductor of The Stamford Chorale. Additionally, the Intake Music Organization has also invited him to join their ranks in order to lead their choral programs, which promote music through a multicultural focus in Stamford.
David holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in choral conducting, composition and music education from the Aaron Copland School of Music. He is an active choral conductor and composer of music for film and TV. David lives in East Norwalk, CT with his wife and twin 7-year olds.
Regina is so thrilled for the opportunity as the Youth Leader here at First Congregational Church. She has a background of teaching swimming to children 6 months in age all the way up to adults, and when she was in high school, she was a tutor. Regina loves working with youth because she always sees so much potential in them and our youth is what is going to lead us in the future. Regina has had many opportunities to travel and volunteer in order to shape the person that she has become today. Come visit Regina on Sundays and ask her some questions about it!
Lydia Lord is the Office/Communications Manager at First Congregational Church. She has a background in office management, accounting and marketing and has a decade of experience to lend First Congregational Church. Lydia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Charter Oak State College. She is very passionate about helping others, has a keen interest in learning new concepts and viewpoints, and loves meeting new people. She wants to make a difference in the world, even if it is by organizing it.
Come on down and visit Lydia during church office hours. She’d be happy to get to know you and show you around.