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Rev. Joanne MyerSenior Pastor
The Rev. Robin Bird
Contact Robin about membership, by phone, email or in person

Robin, our former Associate Pastor, is a faith-filled and spirit-led child of God. She has a wicked sense of humor and a passion for the Word of God, which makes her a delightful preacher and teacher. The First Congregational Church of Vernon is Robin’s first pastoral call and we are excited by her ministry among us. She is a third-generation preacher, following her father and grandfather into the pulpit. A native of Orlando, Florida, she has been an educator in the public school system for 20 years, focusing on special education. Although living in UCONN territory now, Robin remains a huge fan of the Tennessee Lady Vols. She plays a mean game of Ping-Pong and has a well-known affection for all things Elvis. Robin and her wife, Taunya, live in Vernon with Gus (Yorkshire Terrier) and Charley (Shi-Pooh). Associate Pastor Call, Announcement , August Announcement by Search Committee

Rev. Joanne MyerDirector of Stephen Ministry
The Rev. Joanne Myer

Pastor Joanne’s passion is ministering to people of all ages and walks of life. She grew up in a tiny village in the heart of Lancaster County’s Pennsylvania Dutch Country where she was raised in the Evangelical and Reformed tradition of the United Church of Christ. Joanne earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree from Elizabethtown (PA) College and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA. Following seminary and ordination, she was trained and certified as an Intentional Interim Minister. Joanne served as Interim Associate Pastor of the Storrs (CT) Congregational Church and has served in many different lay and clergy roles over her nearly 40 years as a member of FCCV including Interim Associate Pastor. For several years, until 2012, Joanne helped with ministry at St. Andrew United Church of Christ in Sarasota, Florida while she and her husband spent much of the year there. Joanne has enjoyed music, especially singing, all her life and uses music and song in her various ministries. She and Andy have three grown children and two grandsons.

Debi HockenberryDirector of Christian Education

Debi Hockenberry

Deborah (Debi) Hockenberry majored in Elementary Education at ECSU. Raised 4 daughters, taught Girl Scouts for 17 years, co-directed Vacatiion Bible School for 12 years, provided home daycare part-time for the past 20 years, has been the Assistant Director of Tiny Tykes at the YMCA Child Care for the past year and has been Youth Advisor here at church for 9 years where she's taken FCCV youth on summer Mission Trips, both local and distant, for the past 6 years. She looks forward to serving as your new DCE. She already knows many of you but if you haven't met her yet please stop by and say “hello".

James Burr

James Burr has served as organist for the First Congregational Church of Vernon since 2005. Previously he played for the First Congregational Church of Andover, Connecticut. While an undergraduate at the University of Connecticut he studied organ with Christa Rakich and more recently has enjoyed the tutelage of Peter Sykes and Webb Wiggins. James also sings with the Vernon Chorale and performs early music on harpsichord, recorders and voice.

Leanne ConnollyChoir Director
Leanne Connolly, Commissioned Minister of Music

Leanne Connolly has been teaching and sharing her gifts of music and theater for 30 years in the Vernon area. A lifelong UCC member, from the United Congregational Church of Tolland, she grew in her faith and spirituality, while singing with members of all ages. After graduating from The University of Connecticut, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education, she taught in the public schools in Windham and Tolland County. Leanne received a Master of Science degree in Music Education from Central Connecticut State University in 1991. While teaching full time music, she also completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2011, from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. Currently, Leanne teaches voice privately and directs the choirs here at FCCV. Her passion is encouraging musicians, of all ages, to offer their talents in worship to God. Leanne lives in Vernon, with her 2 college age kids, Erin and Patrick.

Nancy youndChurch Secretary
Nancy Young

Nancy Young grew up on a small farm in Massachusetts and has lived in Connecticut for more than 36 years.  She has been FCCV’s Church Secretary for almost 20 years.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, gardening and researching her family history.  She has three grown sons and two grandsons and lives in Vernon with her husband and her adopted greyhound.



First Congregational Church of Vernon CTFirst Congregational Church of Vernon, CT

Mailing & shipping address:
695 Hartford Tpke Vernon, CT 06066-5021
Directions to FCCV
(Make deliveries to the Center Rd. entrance)

Phone: 860-875-7580 Fax: 860-875-2436


Office Hours
MONDAY - FRIDAY 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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