New Life UMC Team
Pastor Chris Yount grew up in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating Nyack College with a B.S. in Missions, he went on to earn a Master of Divinity at Drew Theological School. While at Nyack, he fell in love with his beautiful wife Liz, and is still smitten with her 38 years later.
After pastoring in New York for over twenty years, God called Chris to New Fairfield, CT in 2012 to serve the New Life United Methodist Church, where he has found a home amidst the wonderful people here. Into his 30th year as a pastor, Chris is still “loving people into the arms of Jesus!” This philosophy permeates not only Chris’ ministry, but also the mindset of New Life Church. He is a pastor who truly believes that the Word of God has the power to transform, restore lives, reconcile families, and bring hope to a hurting world. Chris is grateful the Lord has enabled this church to serve the community since 1816 to be a blessing and draw people closer to Christ.
Chris’ love for Jesus and people comes clearly through the Biblical teaching that he provides on Sunday mornings, Bible studies, and social media.
Chris and Liz live in New Fairfield and have four adult children. An avid reader, when Chris is not reading 3-5 books simultaneously or studying the Bible, he loves to go to the gym, hiking, raise vegetables, sing, and play a variety of musical instruments.
As a family, the Younts love camping and spending time with their grandchildren!
Contact Chris at: email@example.com
Walton S. Brown
Pastor Walton Brown loves Christ and people. He believes nothing is more important than our relationship with God and with each other. With a calling to serve God in the Armed Forces, he began serving as a Pastoral intern here at New Life. Pastor Brown also served God as a mentor in individual and large group at-risk youth mentoring (giving love and hope to those in low income, high crime rate areas), production ministry, caregiver, crisis counselor, and small group adult ministry. With Christ at the center, nothing is impossible!
Fred Seaboldt is a brother who is on fire for Christ and Prays for ALL to come to know and SHARE the LOVE of Christ. Fred is a long time member of the church and has been working with our youth ministry for over 23 years now. He has taught High School, Middle School and 4/5 Grade Sunday school. Fred has been married to his lovely wife, Annie, for 26 years and has seven beautiful children. Fred has personally known Christ for 45+ years.
Other places where you can always find Fred are; In the Sound Booth as the Sound Engineer on Sundays and in the Church Offices as the Office Manager during the week. Fred Thanks God for allowing him to serve and for the doors AND windows God has opened for him in his life, and for the members of this church for believing in him!
Contact Fred at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly-Ann began her walk with the Lord in her late teens. She feels blessed to have been a part of the New Life community for the past five years. After earning a Bachelor of Arts at Nyack College, she taught PreK-4 and Grade 1 at a Christian academy in New York. She then went on to earn a master’s in library information science. She worked as a librarian for four years before moving to New Fairfield with her family. She enjoys helping people to connect and use their gifts to serve others and bring glory to God. Kelly-Ann is actively involved in both, children’s and women’s ministry. Outside of church, she loves spending time with her family which often includes “library hopping” and visiting historical homes and museums.
Contact Kelly-Ann at: email@example.com
Church Facilities Manager
Sarah has been in fellowship with the Lord for over the last twenty years. A faithful and dedicated member of New Life for the last four years, she is the “happiest sexton in the world” and believes it is a privilege and honor to keep our beloved church looking RESPLENDENT (inside and out) and ready for services each week.
Sarah finds joy in being a part of New Life’s Praise Team, and has used her gift for singing to bless the congregation and bring glory to God.
When she’s not being a dirt detective for the church and people's homes (she cleans professionally as well), Sarah enjoys reading/listening to the Bible, playing soccer, kayaking, snowboarding, and running with her adorable mini dachshund. She finds inspiration through singing, playing guitar, writing songs, and rock painting.
Sarah and her wonderful husband, Jim, have been married for over thirty years, and often find themselves relishing in the beauteous display of God’s creation on their long road trips.
Contact Sarah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Minister of Music
M.J. is a musician on a mission. On fire for God and looking to build New Life United Methodist Church into a Mecca for Music Ministry in Southwestern Connecticut. In addition to his responsibilities at New Life, MJ is a piano instructor, as well as a professional musician performing in and around the greater New York area. He also Co-Owns an internet based writing company-The MusicCrafters.
Married to his lovely wife Lisa, they have five children between them. On his days off you’ll find him fishing or riding his motorcycle.
Contact MJ at: email@example.com
Minister of Technology
Chris has been an active member of our church since 2015. He has a passion for the Lord and has used that passion to enable New Life to bring the Word of God to our communities online. A graduate of Long Island University, Chris has spent the better part of the last 20 years in the Advertising Technology industry working for companies such as Microsoft and Epsilon.
Contact Chris at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane has been an active member of the church since 1983 when she and her husband, Scott, moved to New Fairfield. Diane grew up near Springfield, MA and met Scott at the University of Hartford, CT where they were both music education majors. God settled them in New Fairfield where each were Band Directors in the NF school system until retiring not long ago. This church and its message of salvation through Christ has always been at the center of their lives. Diane is thrilled to be using her teaching experience to God’s glory in directing the Awana program. Diane and Scott have two grown children and are loving retirement!
Contact Diane at: email@example.com