Nicole spent all of her growing 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. 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 Nicole has been church renewal, or reimagining 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.
Nicole and Todd are the proud parents of 2 daughters; Fiona is a student at Williams College and Olivia is a student at Miss Porter’s School. 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 (Mayleen).
Adrienne Armes was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated in 2001 from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a double major in Religion and Spanish. In 2002 she married Travis Armes and together they attended seminary at Emmanuel Christian Seminary (formerly Emmanuel School of Religion) in Johnson City, Tennessee. While completing her Master of Arts in Religion she worked as the Children’s Ministry Director at Colonial Heights Christian Church in Kingsport, Tennessee.
Upon graduation from Emmanuel Christian Seminary in 2007 Adrienne served for over six years at Chaparral Christian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona ministering to children and youth and leading music at a contemporary worship service. In 2012 Adrienne moved to Durham, North Carolina, and ministered to children and youth at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Cary, North Carolina. In 2014 Adrienne moved to San Clemente, California. Before moving to CT, Adrienne was the Director of Children’s Ministry at First Christian Church in Oceanside, California.
Rev. Armes is an ordained minister with standing in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)* and will seek dual standing with the United Church of Christ through the Connecticut Conference UCC. Adrienne is passionate about creating a fun and welcoming place for young people to experience God. She has 10 years of ordained ministry experience, primarily in the area of children and youth ministries. She is an expert in curriculum development and teaching the Bible to young people. She has led a number of youth service trips, including to Mexico. She plays the guitar and has experience leading worship bands of youth and adults. Adrienne’s husband Rev. Travis Armes is also an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Adrienne and Travis have two children: Madeleine will be entering 6th grade in the fall and Ben will be entering 1st grade.
Jane Frogley 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.