Pastor Chris Yount

Before being called to New Life United Methodist, the Yount family called Warwick, New York their home, where from 2002 until 2012, Chris was the pastor of the Warwick United Methodist Church. Chris, who grew up in Columbus, Ohio gave his heart to Jesus at the age of 15, and found soon after that he had a calling on his life to bring other people to Jesus. In 1981 Chris transferred from Ohio State University (still an avid OSU fan, some would call it a “obsession”) to attend Nyack College in Rockland County, NY where he played basketball for three years. Chris met Liz at Nyack and they fell in love, “I first saw this beautiful blonde at the cafeteria salad bar, and I knew she was the gal for me”. They were married in 1983. After graduation and starting a family, Chris struggled with the calling to ministry that he had received back in 1980 at a youth conference (Life ’80) in Estes Park, Colorado. 1986 brought the Yount family to Rock Hill NY where Chris and Liz both worked professionally as human service administrators and volunteered in the local Methodist church.
In 1989 Chris pursued the pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church and was appointed as a part time pastor at a small United Methodist church in Modena, NY in July of 1990. While serving the good people in Modena, Chris also attended Drew Theological Seminary where he received his Masters of Divinity. About the time he was done with seminary the church had grown to a full time parish so the Yount’s were able to stay there a few more years.
In 1997 Chris was appointed to Christ Church in Beacon, NY and it was here that he was involved with radio ministry. After a number of years, his one minute spots, “Good News with Pastor Chris” on a small AM station had grown to a weekly music and inspirational program, “Wake Up with Pastor Chris” on AM and FM stations, small and large from upstate all the way to Long Island. While serving in Beacon, Chris also started a new church in the little hamlet of Chelsea, bringing back to life a small but beautiful old Methodist church along the Hudson River.
From around 1991 until 2005 Chris led the Snow Camp ministry (while serving as a pastor) which was a youth ministry that led retreats around the region. Hundreds of young people and adults were touched mightily by God through this exciting ministry. It was through Snow Camp that Chris developed many of his gifts in leading worship, singing and innovative methods to draw people closer to God. Snow Camp was revived around 2010 and happens yearly at Huntersfield Christian Training Center in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. Chris also leads pastors retreats and men’s retreats at Huntersfield.
The years 2013-2014 were really a watershed time in Chris’s ministry. While on a personal prayer retreat in the mountains, during a prayer hike, Chris really felt the voice of God asking him a question. “Chris, am I enough for you?” That question caused some real soul searching in regard to why he is a pastor. This epiphany has led to a renewal in love for the pastoral ministry and the whole concept of servanthood. When you ask him how he is doing, he will share that he is more content than he has been in years and loves being just a pastor!
To stay sane PC lifts weights, hikes/backpacks, sings, plays guitar, bass and trombone, reads, fishes, gardens, camps and spends time with his beautiful wife Elizabeth, his great kids and grandchildren!
Children’s Ministry Director
Elizabeth Yount

MJ Vaiciunas

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.
Assistant Pastor
Mike Antici
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We WELCOME Mike Antici on board as a Pastoral Assistant.


After being part of the New Life family for more than 25 years, Mike found himself walking on a path that only God could have prepared.  He has always called the Danbury area home, but even more so when he walked down the aisle of New Life UMC and married the love of his life Karen.  They settled down in their own home where Karen’s strength and trust in the Lord became contagious to Mike and he soon found himself worshiping Jesus with a love and compassion he would never have thought possible.    

In 2003, Mike was certified as a local lay speaker in the United Methodist Church organization and began his further walk with Christ.  Through the years, he utilized his skills as a sound engineer paired with his IT background to help build a safe and comfortable worship environment for the community. 

Recently, the Lord guided Mike down a path to receive a degree in Psychology, opened his eyes and mind to the possibility that Jesus has plans for him that reach much further than the technology he has built his career on.  Fueled by a renewed passion for his family, church and God, he listened carefully when as he was called to ministry. 

In his free time, when he’s not renovating his home alongside his wife, or spending special time with his family, he descends into his wood shop in his basement for some therapeutic ‘ukulele lutherie.

Church Facilities Manager

Karen Antici

I am from a small town in upstate New York. My husband is Mike; my two boys are Ethan and Ni
I have been worshipping at New Life UMC for more than 20 years. Activities I’m involved with at the church are La Danza Dance Ministry, Library Ministry, AWANA and Choir. I also host a bible study at my house on every 2nd and 4th Tuesday night. I enjoy reading, gardening, knitting, scrap booking and organizing. I love animals and being outside, even in winter.
Office Manager

Fred Seaboldt

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 15 years now. He has taught High School, Middle School and 4/5Grade Sunday school. Fred has been married to his lovely wife, Annie, for 25 years and has seven beautiful children. Fred has personally known Christ for 35+ 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!