Meet Our Staff

Michael Whitney Brown

 Worship Music Director


Michael began playing piano at the age of four.  It was natural as natural and normal as breathing.  Michael currently directs gospel choirs at the Hotchkiss, Taft, Westover, and South Kent schools.  He is also the music director at St. Bridget’s and St. Bernard in the Northwest corner of the State.  Recently, Michael has taken on the music directorship for FCC. Sounds like a lot, but is all wonderful and manageable.

Debra Cahill

Interim Director of Youth and Families

 Debra has been a member of our church for the last 13 years and brings her background in curriculum design into the position.  A long-time educator, Deb has completed her Masters + and has worked with a wide array of populations.  While working in this interim position, she is following in the footsteps of her mother, who worked as the Director of Christian Education for the First Congregational Church in Prospect.  Deb’s tenure will be short, but her goal is to set systems in place that make it easier for our future permanent director to jump right into the work.  In her spare time, Deb enjoys reading, traveling with her family, and spending time outside.

Janet Hauer

Office Administrator/Book Keeper

Janet joined the church in 1995, started part-time as the bookkeeper in 1997 and began working full-time in 2005. She enjoys walking, reading, gardening and swimming. Janet has two grown children, Maxx and Emma, and a beautiful grandson, Jayden.

Dylan Ackley

Christian Education and Youth Ministry Director

Dylan and his wife, Hannah, recently moved from Dutchess County New York to serve as the CE and Youth Ministry director at First Congregational. Dylan went to Nyack College for an undergrad in Youth and Family Studies. Before getting a BS in Youth and Family Studies, Dylan received his AS in Communications for filming. He enjoys making short films, hiking, video games, and most of all board games!