Pastor Nicole grew up years in Maine, where her extended family has called home for many generations. She is a graduate of Colgate University, with degrees in Religion and Women’s Studies, and the University of Chicago Divinity School, with a Master of Divinity. She also did extensive coursework toward a PhD in Biblical Studies at UChicago. Pastor Nicole met her husband, Todd Yonkman, at UChicago and they married in 1996, sharing a life of ministry. Nicole has served churches in the Chicago area, Dayton, OH, and Providence, RI for over 20 years.
The common theme for all of the ministry settings for Pastor Nicole has been church renewal, or re-imagining the next step for ministry as the church grows and changes. All of the churches Nicole has served have experienced significant numerical and spiritual growth. She is a passionate scholar of the Bible and practical theology. She is a trained and experienced Teaching Pastor of student ministers through Andover Newton Theological School.
Pastor Nicole and Todd are the proud parents of 2 daughters; Fiona and Olivia. Nicole is a very active person, enjoying various fitness activities, gardening, and knitting. As a family, they like to go backpacking and biking together. They have 2 pet house rabbits, Severus and Dobby, and a black lab named Mayleen.
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Pastor Peter grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, where his Dad has been a UCC minister for over thirty years. He completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Philosophy at DePauw University, graduating in 2015. After a few years in the technology world, Pastor Peter realized it was not the career for him, and decided to take the plunge and accept what had been a long-enduring call into ministry. He came to the Northeast to attend Yale Divinity School. While at YDS, Peter had the privilege to be part of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale, which he describes as being an enormously influential part of his educational and spiritual experience.
Pastor Peter spent his three years of seminary at Greens Farms Church in Westport, Connecticut, working with youth groups and creating the Sunday School curriculum for Middle Schoolers. He is really excited to bring his passion for youth work to First Church in Windsor, as well as a burgeoning love for preaching, exploring new ways to worship together, and cultivating food-centric community.
Peter will be joined by his partner, Ali, who is also studying to be a UCC minister at Yale Divinity School and will be graduating next May.
Rose joined the FCW team as Operations Manager in December of 2016. Rose was responsible for day to day operations as well as communications, branding and design. In 2017, Rose moved to Vermont and took on a new, remote role for the church, Communications Manager. Rose is responsible for the church's online presence and social media platforms and also handles event promotion and other special projects as needed. She is delighted to still be a part of the First Church community!
Music Director and Organist
Jane grew up in rural Wisconsin, and she received her bachelors degree in piano and music history from the University of Wisconsin. She also has graduate degrees in music history from the University of California and Oxford University. Although her primary training is in classical music, she loves music of all eras and backgrounds, and one of her favorite things is finding a great new piece to share!
Jane has been a church musician for 20 years now, having served in Congregational, Episcopal, and Catholic parishes before coming to First Church in autumn of 2015. She is so glad to be here! Jane plays the organ and the piano for services, and she directs and accompanies the choir. She also directs the bell choir, which is a new and fun skill!
Jane met her husband, Alain Frogley, when they were in graduate school together. After 11 years in England, Alain was hired by the University of Connecticut School of Music in 1994, and the Frogleys have lived in Storrs ever since. Alain is a tenured professor at the music department, and he is also Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts. Their son, Nicholas, works for an internet company based in Storrs, and is studying for a computer science degree.
Ken is our Church Sexton, which means he's the one who keeps everything running smoothly on the church campus! Ken cares for and maintains all of our church buildings and grounds, as well as dealing with vendors and fixing just about anything that breaks!
Parish Caring Ministries Coordinator
April joined the FCW staff in September of 2011 as Parish Caring Coordinator. A Windsor native who remains deeply connected within the community, she attended Windsor schools and graduated from Windsor High. April has a BA in Communication from the University of Hartford, and brings nearly a decade of corporate communications experience from UTC/Pratt & Whitney and several years at Shawmut/Fleet Bank in Hartford and Boston prior to that. April and her husband Mike live in Windsor with their three kids who are active in sports, music and other activities. Scouting is an important part of their family: Mike is the Scoutmaster for BSA Troop 203 that meets at First Church, and April is a leader for two Girl Scout troops and the town Girl Scouts of Connecticut Service Unit Treasurer.
Director of Children's Music