First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich
Church Leadership

The Reverend Sean J. Miller
Senior Minister
Born and raised in Deerfield, Illinois, Sean attended the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he graduated summa cum laude with distinction, receiving Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Religious Studies and Music. Sean received his Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2005. On May 22nd, 2016, Reverend Sean J. Miller was unanimously elected to the position of Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich at a Congregational Meeting. Sean's first official day of work was July 31st, 2016. In 2011, Sean accepted a call to serve as Pastor and Head of Staff at Potomac Presbyterian Church in Maryland. Potomac is an affluent suburb of Washington, DC, with a smaller population, but similar demographic to Greenwich. At Potomac, Sean helped leadership transition into a new chapter after a long pastorate, becoming a much-loved community builder and leader of a vibrant church. He led the first church capital campaign in 25 years, welcomed 100 youth and adults into membership, oversaw expansion and development of mission efforts, and strengthened his church’s connections with Presbytery and denominational efforts. Prior to Potomac, he served for six years as Associate Pastor for Family Ministries at First Presbyterian Church of Arlington Heights, Illinois, a 1500-member church in a Northwest suburb of Chicago. There, Sean led a youth group of 50+ middle/high school youth, oversaw the Director of Children’s Ministries and Nursery School Staff, and developed a mid-week learning/service night for children, youth, and their families. He led mission trips for youth and intergenerational groups. His ministry has included the development of youth and young family programs, launching contemporary worship services, leading a worship band, and creating partnerships in mission and education both domestically and internationally. Sean’s commitment to serving the wider church includes serving on the Leadership Council (Board of Directors) of National Capital Presbytery (110+ churches in MD, DC, VA), President of the Board of Directors for the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, and Board of the DC Young Adult Volunteers.

Sean is married to Dr. Sarah Miller, who earned her Ph.D in International Relations from Oxford University, where she focused on refugees and other forced migrants. She also holds degrees from Valparaiso University and the University of Chicago. Sarah is from the Chicago area and is the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. Recently, Sarah has served as adjunct faculty at American University and the University of London. She was also a Franklin Fellow at the US Department of State, and has worked with various refugee-focused non-profits abroad. She will soon be releasing a book on Syrian displacement, and another on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Sean and Sarah have a daughter, Hannah, who was born in May of 2014. They are joyfully awaiting an addition to the family in October! Hannah will attend the Nursery School at FPCG this fall. The Millers, along with their two Labrador retrievers, will live at the manse on Sound Beach Avenue.

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The Reverend Erin M. Keys
Associate Minister
Erin was called as the Associate Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich, CT in 2011. Before coming to Greenwich, she served at the Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York.

She attended college at Elon University where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Religious Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. While at Elon, she was unanimously named Religious Scholar of the year by Elon faculty. As an alumnus, Elon University recognized Erin with the 2014 Service to Church and Society award, one of the university’s highest honors. She attended seminary at Columbia Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Master of Divinity.

Her writing and sermons have been published by The Journal for Preachers, Feminist Studies in Religion, and The Young Clergywoman’s Project. Her preaching has been described as “provocative and deeply rooted in the gospel,” and her faith is one grounded in devotion to God and service to the life of the community. To email: click here.
Mr. Randall Atcheson
Minister of Music & Organist
Randall Atcheson was a child prodigy who excelled at both piano and organ, and began university-level music instruction at the age of twelve. Atcheson later became the only student in the history of the Juilliard School ever allowed to pursue, and receive, simultaneous degrees in piano and organ performance. After winning the first Juilliard Organ Competition, he made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1991 and was soon added to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Renowned for his masterful performances of sacred music, the classics and pop, Atcheson has recorded 16 albums, highlighted by his unique arrangements of hymns on the album, Amazing Grace. An artist who frequently plays gospel concerts thoughout the country, he has been a featured guest on the nationally televised Gala of Stars from Radio City Music Hall and has performed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. In addition to appearing as guest soloist with numerous symphony orchestras, he has also served as both orchestral conductor and soloist in performances of various Mozart concerti. With an extraordinary gift that he openly credits to his Heavenly Father, he raises well-crafted music to a higher level. To email: click here.
Lailu Walls
Interim Chief Financial Officer
Lailu S. Walls joins FPCG as our Interim Chief Financial Officer. She has over 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations leading finance and administrative functions including real property & facilities management, human resources, purchasing, administrative support, as well as risk Management. She is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and has previously held Senior level roles as a Chief Financial Officer and most recently as a Chief Administrative Officer at a large social service developmental disabilities agency. She has been a long-time resident of Rockland County, New York and has two children whom she adores. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is a faithful Christian and attends St. Mary's Orthodox Church located in Bronx, NY. To email: click here.
Sarah Jessen
Interim Director of Children and Youth Ministries
Sarah earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Michigan State University. She moved to New York City in September of 2001 and worked in the commercial insurance industry until 2006. In 2004, she joined the Manhattan Church of Christ where she volunteered as a Sunday School teacher. While she worked in the insurance industry, she went back to school to change careers and earned her Masters’ Degree in Childhood Education Grades 1-6 from Hunter College in NYC. She taught at P.S. 77 on the Upper East Side until she became a full-time mother upon the birth of her son, Maxwell. She continued to volunteer as a Sunday School teacher until she joined the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich in October 2015.

Sarah Jessen is the mother of two children, Maxwell who is 8 and Cecelia (Cece) who is 5. She lives with her family in Cos Cob and is a life-long follower of Jesus and student of the Bible. Sarah grew up in a very rural area of South Eastern Michigan where she was raised in a bible focus non-denominational church and she has followed her faith her entire life.

Sarah is an avid gardener and cook. Exercise is an important part of her life as it clears her mind of the day’s worries and helps her to focus on her Savior. Serving as the Interim Director of children and Youth Ministries has been an amazing experience that has allowed her to combine her love of teaching, her in-depth knowledge of God’s word and passion for service. To email: click here.
Ms. Rebecca Ford
Director, First Presbyterian Church Nursery School
Rebecca Ford joined the FPCGNS community in 2015 from South Pasadena, CA, where she served as Director of St. James, an Episcopal Day School program serving children ages nursery through kindergarten.

Rebecca’s early career included marketing development and management positions in the retail sector. Rebecca has a B.A., English Literature, from College of the Holy Cross and a Certificate of Early Childhood Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. She has served on the Parent Guild Board at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena and she helped launch the advisory board for fundraising for Cristo Rey High School, a high school serving low-income families in East Harlem, NY.

She lives with her husband and children in Westchester. To email, click here.
Mary Aly
Director, Communications
Mary Aly joined FPCG in 2016 as the Director of Communications. Prior to FPCG, Mary served as the Communications Director for non-profits and churches. Mary served as the Events Coordinator for Keep America Beautiful, as the Major Donor Relations Manager for Bridgeport Rescue Mission, as the Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity in Danbury, as the Development Director for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care in Stamford and as the Chief Financial Officer of Childcare Learning Centers.

Mary has a degree in economics from University of Connecticut. She is a commissioned Prayer and Healing Minister through Christian Healing Ministries in Jacksonville, FL and is a commissioned Stephen Minister. Mary is active in ministries in her home church - Jesse Lee Memorial UMC in Ridgefield.

Mary resides in Wilton with her fiance Thomas and her son Gabriel and her rescued Bichon, Molly. To email, click here.
Support Staff

Mrs. Sue Lee
Financial Secretary
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Mr. Randy Ante
Weekend Sexton
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Mr. Rommel Espano
Lead Sexton
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Edna Navarro
Church Secretary
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The Reverend Erin Keys

Beth Ryder

Class of 2015

Joseph Boldt

Catherine Holden

Bruce Richards
Mission & Outreach

Hal Ritch

Kathryn Shorts
Adult Education

Merle Yoder

Class of 2016

Hellen Kim

Harry Hawks

Stephen Lorenz

Bonnie Hann

Cai Pandolfino

Phil Carrone

Class of 2017

Colleen Giambo

Stephanie Schnabel

Hellen Kim
Children's Ministries

Dana Charette
Nursery School


Chris Zadik, Julie Mather
The Reverend Erin Keys, clergy liaison

Class of 2015

Emily Kunschner

Doris Leonard

Julie Mather

Ron Ongaro

Melanie Paddon

Kate Rubenstein

Chris Zadik

Class of 2016

Joshua Brown

Dean Goss

Rachel Kelley

Alan MacDonald

Max Parker

Jean Raben

Janice Richards

Scott Slayton

Class of 2017

Diane Brown

Wendy Duryea

Helen Ji

Robb LeMasters

Terry Lohmeyer

Laura Novak

Elizabeth Dunn**

Wesley Peisch**

** Youth Deacons

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