MEET OUR LEADERSHIP
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Steve Darr is the Lead Pastor of First Church. As Lead Pastor he is responsible for the Preaching and Teaching the Word of God. Steve has been pastor of First Church since 2014. His prior experience in Methodist, Pentecostal and Baptist denominations has given him a unique perspective on the church and its role in reaching the lost for Christ. God’s call came upon Steve later in life after a career in various retail settings in the Torrington area. He has experienced many of the same struggles those in the congregation have faced creating a deeper connection to their lives and a better understanding of the trials and temptations we all face.
Pastor Steve led First Church through their expansion and addition of the Lauper Christian Learning Center. Under his leadership the church has doubled in size, but has more importantly grown deeper in faith and wider in their Christian influence in the community.
Steve and his wife Faith, a lifelong resident of Torrington, have been married for 34 years. They love to rescue greyhounds having adopted four of them over the years. They enjoy their friends, family, home and flower gardens. You can follow them on Facebook or email Pastor Steve with the links above.
Jonathan Gouthier is the Associate Pastor of First Church. In this position, he will assist Pastor Steve in the spiritual and pastoral leadership and focuses on building up of spiritually mature members in the congregation. His prior experience as a Spiritual Formation Minister has given him a heart to encourage and equip people to understanding the Word of God for their lives and how important it is to keep growing in their faith in Jesus. His energy and enthusiasm for conveying God’s promised plan to others is contagious.
Before coming to First Church. Jonathan ran a successful design firm in South Florida that focused on brand development for small to mid-sized companies and organizations. After relocating back to New England, Jonathan heard the call of God on his life to become a messenger for the Gospel. In 2017 he graduated Summa-cum-laude from Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, MN with an MDiv focused on Greek and pastoral ministry.
While Jonathan grew up in Winsted, he currently resides in Torrington. He is a foodie, book-worm, and train enthusiast. He dabbles in creating art, typography and beautiful things. You can follow him on any of the social media channel links above.
SO THAT ALL PEOPLE WILL EXPERIENCE THE LOVE OF CHRIST