Rev. Dr. Michael S. Piazza, Interim Pastor
Michael Piazza is a spiritual visionary, author, and social justice advocate. Under 23 years of his courageous leadership as senior pastor and later dean, the Cathedral of Hope in Dallas, Texas made religious history by reclaiming Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion while becoming the world’s largest liberal Christian church with a predominantly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender outreach. A native of Georgia, Rev. Piazza has served churches in Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Florida. Most recently, he served Virginia-Highland Church in Atlanta for six-and-a-half years. He holds bachelor’s degrees in history and psychology from Valdosta State University; a Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta; and a doctorate from Hartford Seminary, where he is a faculty associate teaching congregational renewal.
His published books include Vital Vintage Church; Liberating Word, A Daily Reflection for Liberals, Volume One: The First Testament; Liberating the Gospel; Gay by God: How to be Lesbian or Gay and Christian (formerly Holy Homosexuals); Queeries: Questions Lesbians and Gays Have for God; The Real antiChrist: How America Sold its Soul; and Prophetic Renewal: Hope for the Liberal Church. He is the co-author of Liberating Hope: Daring to Renew the Mainline Church, and currently is co-writing Fishing in a Shallow Sea with Dr. Scott Thumma, Academic Dean of Hartford Seminary. In his spare time, Rev. Piazza enjoys online prophetic advocacy and agitation and can be found on Twitter (@RevMikePiazza) and Facebook (Rev. Michael Piazza). He also writes a daily blog/devotion called “Liberating Word.”
Rev. Piazza and his late partner, Bill Eure, met in 1980 and were married for 35 years. Together, they raised two wonderful daughters.
Direct line: 203.408.0822
Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird, Associate Pastor
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Rev. Kathryn Kibbie Laird attended college and graduate school in New England, and decided fall foliage and snow-covered stone walls felt like home. Rev. Laird graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in religion. She earned her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1997. For the past 15 years, she has served as an associate pastor for children, youth, and families in three churches: Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, and First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan. Rev. Laird enjoys tennis, photography, and writing. She lives in New Canaan with her husband, Jim, and two children, Avery and Johnny.
203.966.0002 (ext. 5)
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)
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.
Ms. Armand began working part time at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan in September 1988. Her hours and job description have changed according to her children’s school schedule, and she now works full-time. Married to Art (for more than 30 years), together they have two children: Art (a special needs young adult) and Valerie, a nursery school teacher at First Presbyterian Nursery School.
203.966.0002 (ext. 1)
Direct Line: 203.680.8504
Ms. Hagan joined First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan in 2015 as a part-time administrative assistant working with our youth and young families, and now works extensively with our communications, including the website and database. Ms. Hagan is a 2001 graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre, dance production, and arts management. She is an active member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Ridgefield, CT, where she lives with her husband, Andrew, and their two boys.
203.966.0002 (ext. 6)