Reverend Doctor Todd Grant Yonkman
Transitional Senior Minister since March 2016

Raised in the Christian Reformed Church as the son of a minster, the Rev. Dr. Todd Grant Yonkman was drawn to the openness of the United Church of Christ. He and his wife, Nicole, have both been ministers since 1996, when they completed their studies at the University of Chicago Divinity School. (Nicole serves as senior pastor of another UCC congregation in Connecticut.)

Todd is the author of “Reconstructing Church: Tools for Turning Your Congregation Around” a study of his ministry with Nicole in Providence, Rhode Island. Outside of ministry and writing, Todd’s hobbies include Bonsai trees, vocal performance, guitar, and Masters level swimming. His first passion remains working with local communities to help the Gospel of Christ to continue to change lives and change the world.


Andrew Laro
Director of Christian Education

Andrew has lived in Connecticut since he was six months old. The Christian faith has always played an important role in his life, but it became truly authentic in 2010. A year later, Andrew felt the call to ministry and realized that there was nothing that would give him fulfillment quite like working in a church. He attended Eastern University in St. Davids, PA and graduated in the fall of 2017, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth Ministry, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and a minor in Christian Thought. Outside of ministry, Andrew enjoys reading, playing the piano, drinking coffee, petting dogs, and listening to the stories of others. He is passionate about building intentional relationships and helping people to reach their full potential in whatever capacity he can.


Lydia Lord
Office/Communications Manager

Lydia Lord is the Office/Communications Manager at First Congregational Church. She has a background in office management, accounting and marketing and has a decade of experience to lend First Congregational Church. Lydia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Charter Oak State College. She is very passionate about helping others, has a keen interest in learning new concepts and viewpoints, and loves meeting new people. She wants to make a difference in the world, even if it is by organizing it.