STAFF

Pastor Chris Yount

 
Pastor Chris Yount moved to New Fairfield, CT in 2012 to serve the New Life United Methodist Church and has found a home amidst the wonderful folks here. Into his 29th year as a pastor, Chris is no “spring chicken” but also tries not to be an “old goat”. Chris lives right here in New Fairfield, with his wife Elizabeth, his sons Luke and Daniel as well as his elderly mother-in-law who moved in with them a number of years ago when it became difficult for her to live alone. One of the catch phrases Chris will often use is…” Love people into the arms of Jesus!” This philosophy permeates not only Chris’ ministry but also the mindset of the New Life Church. We truly believe that the Lord has allowed us to serve this community since 1816 to be a blessing and draw folks closer to Christ. This love for Jesus and love for people comes clearly through the Biblical teaching that Chris provides on Sunday mornings, as well as in the bible studies he facilitates. Chris grew up in Columbus, Ohio attending The Ohio State University before transferring to the much, much smaller Nyack College in the Hudson Valley of New York. Chris played three years of basketball for Nyack, but more importantly fell in love with a beautiful blonde whom he married and is still smitten with 38 years later. Chris is an avid reader, always reading between 3-5 books simultaneously and especially loves studying the bible as well as strengthening his prayer life. For fun Chris loves to go to the gym, raise vegetables, sing, playing the guitar, bass guitar and trombone. Chris enjoys hiking taking a yearly backpacking trip with “The Old Timers Hike Club. The Yount family loves camping and of course near the top of the list is spending time with his 3 grandchildren!
 
Children’s Ministry Director
Elizabeth Yount

Minister of Music

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.
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 Nick.
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.
Ministries Facilitator

Kelly-Ann

Kelly-Ann began her walk with the Lord in her late teens.  She feels blessed to have been a part of the New Life community for the past five years.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts at Nyack College, she taught PreK-4 and Grade 1 at a Christian academy in New York.  She then went on to earn a master’s in library information science.  She worked as a librarian for four years before moving to New Fairfield with her family.  She enjoys helping people to connect and use their gifts to serve others and bring glory to God.  Kelly-Ann is actively involved in both, children’s and women’s ministry.  Outside of church, she loves spending time with her family which often includes “library hopping” and visiting historical homes and museums.

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 17 years now. He has taught High School, Middle School and 4/5Grade Sunday school. Fred has been married to his lovely wife, Annie, for 26 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!