Rev. Paul E. Gilmore, who brings 30 years of pastoral experience to the church, was installed at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan on May 16th, 2010. Prior to his move to New Canaan, Rev. Gilmore has served churches in Stillwater, Minnesota; Lincoln, Illinois; State College, Pennsylvania; and Plano, Texas.
Rev. Gilmore attended McCormick Seminary in Chicago and completed his Master of Divinity degree at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky. Rev. Gilmore has also served the broader church as a planning team member for the Montreat Youth Conferences, a content editor for the “Church and Society Magazine,” and been Chair of the Peacemaking Advisory Committee for The Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church USA.
Rev. Gilmore has two grown sons – Andrew, a lawyer who lives in downtown Chicago and Ben, who is with the New York City Civilian Complaints Review Board.. He also has two wire-haired miniature dachshunds, Moses and Ruah. Rev. Gilmore loves sporting events of most every kind – especially rooting on the fighting Illini and his beloved Cardinals, Bulls and Bears; playing tennis; reading books; and forays into the city.
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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 Masters of Divinity Degree 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.
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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 will continue under her wonderful guidance. Further, 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. Having just recently joined our church family, Ms Shields comes to us from the Washington DC area, and is thrilled to be returning 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 Director of the Cherub Choir for over 20 years, Sherry helps the youngest in our musical family discover their singing voice, explore music basics with movement, and perform simple anthems and songs for worship.
As the newest member of our church staff family, Ms. Olsen is responsible for FPCNC’s financial, business and facilities management, as well as overseeing our database and information technology systems. Ms. Olsen is uniquely suited for this position as she brings to FPC a broad range of management and administrative experience from both the financial management and investment sector as well as the social services, community support and non-profit sector. Ms. Olsen is an energetic and dynamic problem solver with a keen eye for the details. Ms. Olsen is passionate about children and economic empowerment, she volunteers as a Stephen Minister, has two daughters, a new grandchild, and lives with her husband in Ridgefield CT.
203.966.0002 (ext. 2)
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Ms. Armand began working part time at First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan in September, 1988. Her hours and job description changed according to her children’s school schedule; she now works full-time. Married to Art (for over 30 years), together they have two children: Art (a special needs young adult) and Valerie, a Nursery School teacher at the 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 to Rev. Kibbie Laird, working with our youth and young families. Ms. Hagan is a 2001 graduate of Kenyon College, Gambier, OH, with a B.A. 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 two boys.
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