Church Staff

Pastor: Reverend Dr. William Maxwell
The Rev. Dr. William J. Maxwell has been the Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church of Newport since 1997. Born in Butler, Pennsylvania and raised in Middletown, Ohio, Dr. Maxwell received his Bachelors degree in zoology from Miami University (Ohio), his Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to Newport, he served two Ohio pastorates, one in Huntsville and then in Monroe. He and his wife Pat have three adult children: Kristen, Carrie and Andrew.

Director of Music Ministries: David Warfield
David C. Warfield has been the Director of Music Ministries at the First Presbyterian Church since April of 2013. He has previously served churches in Connecticut, New Hampshire and California. His first church was in New London, Connecticut, at the age of 15. David was Music Director for the Granite State Choral Society (NH) from 1989 through 1998, leading the Society’s concert seasons with diverse musical styles including major works of Bach, Mozart, Handel, to more contemporary works of Ray, Rutter and a most memorable Tribute to Veterans. He has served on the board of the American Guild of Organists and is a past State Chair for the Handbell Musicians of America. David retired in 2005 from a 35-year career with the Federal Government. His last position was as the Administrative Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (Transportation Security Administration) at Bradley International Airport. David and wife Karen live in a historic home in Norwich with their three dogs.

Director of Youth and Family Ministries: Bradford Fuller
Bradford Fuller joined the staff of First Presbyterian Church of Newport in August 2016. Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Bradford graduated from Calvin College with a B.A. in Political Science, headed Washington, DC and served in and around Congress for five years. During that time, he felt God calling him in a different direction. Following his marriage to the lovely Heather Van Den Heuvel, he joined her at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where the two of them pursued degrees and ultimately a future in ministry together. After a few years, they were called as a team to be the Youth and Children's Directors at the American Protestant Church of the Hague. While overseas they were blessed by the birth of two daughters, Lilybelle and Ainsley. Upon returning stateside, Bradford worked to complete his degree at Gordon-Conwell and served as the Sunday Night Family Pastor at Park Street Church in Boston. He and his family are blessed to be called to Newport to continue serving families in ministry.


Clerk of Session: Daryl Kolator

Church Secretary: Loretta Francis

Session Elders and Committees

Christian Education: Deidra Ricci, Alan Neff
The Christian Education committee plans and directs the total church educational program, focusing on nurturing the spiritual growth of all participants.

Finance/Personnel: Jack Mancini, Philip Haun
This committee oversees all financial and personnel matters for the church.

Inner Life: Richard Price, Timothy Schultz
This committee provides for the congregation's spiritual enrichment, renewal and fellowship. Inner Life sponsors activities and special events that support growth in spirit "with hearts of love and hands of Christian fellowship." Activities include coffee hour, dinner club, Advent Book, National Day of Prayer, annual congregational dinner, potluck hymn sings, annual congregational retreat, college care packages, member directory, visitor contact, and membership rolls.

Outreach: Nancy Ashmore, Tia Scigulinsky
The purpose of the Outreach committee is to find ways to reach out to the local community and the world to preach Christ to all people and nations. The committee determines which ministries are supported by funding, prayer, correspondence and hospitality.

Building and Grounds: Ken Hoffman, Sr. and Michael Franco
This committee is responsible for restoring and maintaining our beautiful and historic church home. Recent projects include renovation of the Fellowship Hall, creation of a new Christian Education Center, and several indoor and outdoor maintenance projects.

Worship: Jan Jones, Peggy Yates-Berg
The Worship Committee provides and encourages participation in the worship of the Lord our God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. The committee provides for regular preaching, celebration of the sacraments, corporate prayer and offering praise to God
in song. Responsibilities include: Sunday worship services, adult sanctuary choir, handbell choir, prayer and praise services, worship bulletins, Military Appreciation Sunday, Lenten guides, beautification and flowers, Christmas in Newport Music Service, and copies of sermons.