Staff and Leadership

The Rev. David R. Piscatelli

The Rev. David R. Piscatelli was appointed as Pastor to First United Methodist Church Stamford on July 1, 2023.  Pastor David is a second career pastor, leaving corporate life to heed a call to ministry in 2003. He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, where he earned his Masters of Divinity.  He was commissioned in 2006 and ordained in 2009.

Post seminary, Pastor David was appointed to Faith United Methodist Church in North Haven, CT where he revitalized the church by starting several new ministries.  In 2014, Pastor David was appointed to Nichols United Methodist Church in Trumbull, CT where he led the rebuilding of a declining giving base while balancing the need to invest in ministry programs with strong financial discipline.

He has also served in many other arenas including, Approved Ministry Supervisor (Yale Divinity School), Chair, NYAC Board of Pension and Health Benefits; Greater Bridgeport Cooperative Parish Coordinator, and an Associated Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation.

Pastor David and his wife Holly have two adult children

Eileen Kelly
Administrative Assistant

Staff Member

Eileen Kelly is the administrative assistant at First United Methodist Church of Stamford, working in the church office for the last 4 years. Eileen handles all phone and email inquiries and is the first person you’ll see when you visit the church office. She compiles all pertinent information regarding worship services and opportunities to serve and participate in the church community. She distributes that information to the congregation on a daily/weekly basis. Eileen is grateful to be of service to the members of First UMC and takes great pride in her work. If you’ve met Eileen, you know that she loves cats!
Milton Vargas

Staff Member

Milton Vargas has been the sexton at First United Methodist church for nearly nine years. His responsibilities include cleaning the church offices, lounge, sanctuary, and chapel as well as McArthur Hall. Milton also sets up for special events as needed. Milton works at First UMC three days a week, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am – noon.
Greg Chan
Board of Trustees Chair

Current Officers and Trustees:

The Board of Trustees oversees and maintains all property of First Church in a manner so that the ministries of our congregation can be effective. “The Trustees are entrusted to see the proper keeping of God’s house in a way to honor God and to facilitate the ministry of the local Church.” In addition we receive and administer gifts made to the congregation and make sure all endowment funds of the congregation are managed properly.

Gregory Chann



Joseph Drago

Vice Chair


Randall Outlaw



Clemon Williams

Secretary (2020)


Twanda Bowers


Teresa Hatfield


Bridgette Jean Jacques

Elizabeth Outlaw
Lay Leader
The lay leader represents the laypeople in the congregation in working with the pastor to accomplish the mission and vision of the congregation. She seeks to learn more of the gifts and graces of members, in order to enlarge the ways they serve the church and the community. The lay leader works with the pastor and other church leaders to celebrate the contributions of church members of all ages.
Gabe Shuford
Music Director

Gabe Shuford has served as Music Director of FUMC for over 10 years, overseeing our 4 music programs: Chancel Choir, Festival Choir, Bell Choir, and Children’s Choir. He is also a freelance musician based in NYC. His educational background includes a Doctorate in Harpsichord Performance from Stony Brook University and a specialization in the performance of Baroque Music. Gabe excels at playing in many styles, such as jazz, blues, and pop. He also enjoys performing often with his wife Erin Hall, a cellist, singer, and songwriter.