Pastor: Reverend Jessica Moore
Music Director & Choral Director: Erin Grainger
Organist: Stephan Conrady
Church Administrator: Sue Powers
Treasurer: Alan Shannon
Assistant Treasurer: Bill Cristman
Church Clerk: Judy Miller
Reverend Jessica Moore became Pastor of First Congregational Church in November of 2020. Pastor Jessica is an ordained United Church of Christ minister who previously served as a Co-Pastor with Grace-Street Ministry located in Portland, Maine before coming to First Congregational. Grace-Street Ministry tends to homeless and marginalized people. Jessica brought hope to the homeless as she walked with them and shared Communion and God’s love on street corners. She has a Masters from the Bangor Theological Seminary and a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts. During her time in Maine as the Christian Educational Coordinator at the State Street Church in Portland, Jessica participated in the revitalization of the children’s faith formation program growing the program in numbers as well as in diversity.
Jessica is happy to be in St. Albans and is excited to be a part of First Congregational Church’s bright future!
Pastor Jessica is available to talk or pray with you, you do not need to be a member of the church. You may stop by the church during office hours (below) or contact Pastor Jessica to make an arrangement.
Pastor Jessica’s Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday : 9am -12pm; Thursday 12pm-3pm
Erin Grainger has recently made Vermont her home, and is active as a voice teacher, conductor, singer, and music director. She works with singers in a range of settings, from public school to university and in the community. Erin currently teaches at Saint Michael’s College and is a professional soloist in the region. Erin holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance form McGill University, and undergraduate degrees in music and education from the University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto. She became the Choir Director of our church in July 2016, and then Music Director in May 2017. She is working now to enhance and invigorate our Music Ministry, expanding into our community.
Stephan Conrady spent most of this life in Kordel, a small town in Germany, near Trier, situated along the riverbanks of the Mosel. he started playing the piano at an early age inspired by Cziffra, Horowitz, Perlemuter and Cortot. Living so closely to the Archbishop of Trier, he became fascinated by the grandness in size, sound and scope of the pipe organs. Vitezslav Vorbornik, a Czech organist, pianist and composer took Stephan under his wings and taught him how to master this instrument.
He played during morning services at the Christkoenig Kirche and Jesuiten Kirche in Trier, the Protestant Church is Bitburg, St. Amandus in Kordel, and was invited to play for Bishop Stein on his 75th birthday. Stephan also played a big role in the band “Software” in their beginning phase, while performing on synthesizer and Fender Rhode E-Piano, which resulted in the release of two albums: “Syncode” and “Chip Meditation.” Stephan continued his studies and graduated as a pipe organ and harmonium builder from the Oskar Walcker Institute in Ludwigsburg, one of the most famous and accredited trade schools for organ building in the world.
Outside of church, Stephan is known as Organ Builder, Technician, Tuning and Repair Specialist, and also as piano tuner and technician, in Vermont, New England and Quebec.