First Church of Round Hill Names Sean Witty Associate Pastor

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Historic Back Country Church Expands Staff to Usher in New Era of Christian Dialogue, Youth Programs, Community Service and World-Class Music

The First Church of Round Hill, one of Greenwich’s oldest churches and home to a vibrant community rich in inter-denominational faith and world-class music, has named Sean Witty Associate Pastor, it was announced today by First Church Pastor R. Randy Day.

Working with Pastor Day on a part-time basis, Associate Pastor Witty will be charged with helping to usher in the next era for the historic backcountry church, focused on meeting the unique spiritual demands of today’s fast paced, pluralistic culture.

“The First Church of Round Hill is committed to becoming an innovative and expansive center for discussions on faith, an engaging community for students of all ages, a catalyst for concrete, compassionate community initiatives and a patron for a diverse array of world-class music,” said Pastor Day. “To do that, we need the right leaders and visionaries to help guide us. Sean has proven experience at numerous local churches over the last 20 years. His nontraditional, creative approach and passionate commitment to serving the spiritual needs of the greater Greenwich area make him a perfect addition to the First Church family at this important time in our history.”

Mr. Witty has a long involvement with prominent Greenwich area churches. Most recently, he was Associate Pastor at Trinity Church in Greenwich, where he worked for eleven years and was a founding staff member. During his tenure there, Mr. Witty helped facilitate tremendous growth in the organization, including significant increases in membership and programming, particularly focused on students and worship arts. Prior to Trinity Church, he was Associate for Student Ministries at the Stanwich Church, and launched innovative worship services in other local churches.

“Christianity has a remarkable capacity to re-imagine itself. There are many who say we are in the midst of one of those transformative moments -- I am one of those people,” said Associate Pastor Witty. “People in our community are extremely well-educated, busy, successful individuals who are interested in understanding what it means to live faithful lives. We also want our kids to be engaged, inspired, and prepared to make a life and not just a make a living. I am thrilled to be a part of First Church as it seeks to fill a vital need in this area for a reinvigorated, different kind of community of faith, one that provides both comfort and courage for the journey.”

Mr. Witty began his career as a professional musician, having attended the prestigious Berkelee College of Music, followed by the University of New Haven. Following a successful stint as a singer-songwriter, Mr. Witty followed his theological passion, receiving his Masters in Theological Studies at Drew University, followed by a certificate in Youth and Theology at Princeton University. Born in Wilton, CT, he and his wife, singer and actress Lynn Witty, have three boys.

First Church of Round Hill, located at the corner of Round Hill Road and John Street, is an inter-denominational church that draws on a variety of Christian traditions, embracing both the lessons of the past and the needs of the future in its ministry to people of all ages. A setting for world-class music and dedicated community service, the Church celebrated its 200th birthday in 2010. All are welcome to Sunday Services take place at 10am. Childcare is provided.

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