161_6107 Nancy Harrell
Director of Christian Education
Church Secretary
Church Office: 860-274-6737

Nancy Harrell joined First Congregational Church in November 1988. In 1989, she accepted the position of Director of Christian Education. She is responsible for coordinating the Church School for students age 4 through Eighth Grade during the regular church year and also assists with the Pilgrim Fellowship, our High School Youth Group. During the summer, Nancy is also the coordinator of our summer Vacation Bible School.

In October of 1999, Nancy accepted the position of Church Secretary in which she handles the day to day office responsibilities at First Church.


Richard SilbereisRichard Silbereis
Director of Music Ministries
Church Office:  860-274-6737



Richard has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music (University of Cincinnati). In addition, Dick has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy from the Athenaeum of Ohio, and a Masters Degree in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (Berkeley, CA). Along with his work as a musician, he has a “day job” teaching Latin at West Springfield High School in Massachusetts. Dick has served various schools and churches in Ohio, California, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Connecticut, as a pastor, social worker, teacher and musician. While he is classically trained as a concert organist and choral director, Dick enjoys leading worship with diverse music from many cultures and times.