Our Ministry: Pastor Elva Merry Pawle has retired from First Congregational Church. Our Search Committee is prayerfully seeking God’s chosen person to fill the position of interim minister. We will soon make our choice and look to the future with excitement to a spirit filled ministry with the goal of the church to be all that God wants it to be.
Allan F. Taylor is a native of Springfield, Massachusetts, and a graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, where he majored in Classical languages and studied organ with Clarence Watters. He later earned the MA degree in music at Smith College, Northampton, studying harpsichord with the late Lory Wallfisch, and researching English Renaissance choral music.
Mr. Taylor became the Minister of Music at First Church in the fall of 1987, having held similar positions at the Church of the Atonement, Westfield, and Church of the Good Shepherd, West Springfield. He is responsible for the instrumental and choral music for church services, and for maintaining the music library and instruments in good condition.
Mr. Taylor is also an adjunct professor of music at Westfield State University, where he has taught a wide variety of courses including music theory, music history, conducting, orchestration, and ear training. He has also directed the University’s two fine arts choral ensembles.
In 2001 he was appointed director of the Hampshire Choral Society, an auditioned community chorus based in Northampton, Mass, and the largest such ensemble in Western Mass. HCS regularly performs major works of the choral repertoire, with full orchestra.
Other musical activities have included directing the chamber choir Novi Cantori for twenty years, as well as the Greater Westfield Choral Association. Taylor co-founded Young Singers of Greater Westfield with noted choral director Janet St. Jean, and he has served as adjudicator, workshop presenter, dean, newsletter editor, and webmaster of the American Guild of Organists, Springfield Chapter.
- Tracy Gervais is our Church School Director
- Peggy Corchinski is our church’s Office Administrator.
- Cindy LaPlante is Treasurer.
- Jesus Felix is our custodian.