Scott was born in Lancaster, PA, and from the age of 10 grew up in Portland, OR, graduating from Lewis and Clark College during which time he studied in Guilin, China for a semester. He then worked in Kanazawa, Japan, and from there went to Princeton, NJ, where he received his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. During his years at PTS he served at an inner city Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, DE, and traveled through Central America which put him in contact with the Union Evangelical Church in Mexico City, where after his ordination in the PCUSA he served from 1987 - 1993. It was in Mexico City where he met and was married to his wife Kimberly. As Scott was called to serve the International Protestant Church of Zurich, they moved to Switzerland where they lived for six years and where their first three children were born. They then moved to Fort Collins, CO, where he served the First Presbyterian Church for nine years and where their youngest son was born. Scott has eclectic interests, and enjoys various genres of music, art, reading, movies, cycling, skiing, and good food! Scott's favorite Scripture is Philippians chapter 2. His favorite quote is: "I am a weak man in the hands of a strong God!"
Pastors & Music Directors
The Rev. Dr. Scott Herr, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Michelle Wahila, Associate Pastor
Michelle was born and raised in Endicott, New York, near Binghamton. She was graduated with honors from Grove City College in 2002 and received her Master's of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in May 2005. She was awarded the Sylvester S. Marvin fellowship, honoring the Senior with the highest standard of achievement in all departments of Seminary curriculum, as voted by the faculty. Michelle was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) in November 2005.
Michelle previously served the Third Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, PA, as Associate Pastor (2005-2012) and as Director of Christian Education (2003 – 2005). She also served the congregations of the First Presbyterian Church, Allentown, PA and Union Presbyterian Church and First Presbyterian Church in her hometown of Endicott, NY.
Michelle is married to Kevin, who works as an electrical engineer. They are the proud parents of two boys, Connor, 3, and Marcello, 9 months. Michelle enjoys long distance running and gardening, while Kevin's hobbies include cycling and cooking. Together the family enjoys spending time outdoors, visiting the zoo, traveling and sharing meals together.
The Rev. Dan Haugh, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Dan is the Director of Youth and Young Adults at The American Church in Paris. Before coming to Paris in 2011, he served as a youth pastor for ten years in New York. Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor of youth ministry at Nyack College, Alliance Theological Seminary and Andover Newton Theological Seminary.
He is ordained in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination and received his Master of Divinity in church development from Alliance Theological Seminary. Dan is a social media "coach" and leads workshops and seminars for youth workers with Barefoot Ministries. Dan has written for Immerse Journal and Youthworker Journal and authors the blog www.emergingyouth.com.
Dan has a passion for the global reach of God's Kingdom and serving the less fortunate and has traveled to over 30 countries. He is actively involved in NGO's such as World Vision, Compassion International and Orchids of Light Foundation and serves as a Vice President for Research and Development for Air Calvary.
He is married to Lauretta and they recently welcomed twin boys, Jack and Blake into the world on December 14, 2012.
Dan is an avid sports fan and is especially fond of Boston sports teams. In his spare time he enjoys reading a good book, traveling abroad, exploring the great city of Paris, and relaxing in a café with an espresso.
Introducing our Visiting Pastor — Dan Thornton
The American Church in Paris welcomes Dan and Betty Thornton.
Dan and Betty Thornton are excited that the Lord is bringing them to be with us at the American Church in Paris. Paris has been Betty’s favorite city since studying French in high school and it has been Dan's favorite city since their visit here in 2010. They visited the American Church in Paris in 2010 and fell in love with the church. They are looking forward to a fruitful ministry at ACP.
Dan was born and reared in West Columbia, South Carolina. Growing up he was very active in his church and in the Boy Scouts. In high school he enjoyed history, math, science, and music. He was the band captain and the band represented South Carolina in President Kennedy’s inaugural parade and they were the half time show of the nationally televised Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns football game. Dan's education includes Furman University, B.A., Southeastern Theological Seminary, M.Div. and Columbia Theological Seminary, D.Min. He served churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Iowa, and California and retired from the First Presbyterian Church, Marion, NC. His interests include singing, concerts, plays, museums, and playing the tuba.
Betty was born and reared in Marion, North Carolina. She also was very active in her church. She helped her parents on the farm. Betty graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, B.S.N. Betty served in many areas of nursing including hospital, public health, and teaching. Betty also enjoys concerts, plays and museums, as well as sewing and crafts.
Dan and Betty have two children. Their daughter Caroline is married to Felix and lives near Dijon. During the week Caroline works at Mondelese, Inc. (formerly Kraft Foods) in Zurich. Their son Daniel is married to Ashley and lives in Marion, NC. They have 5 year old twin sons, Davis and Jack. Daniel is a property owner and Ashley teaches first grade.
Fred Gramann, Music Director
"I highly value providing leadership for the music ministry at ACP which strives to reinforce the spoken word by providing a complementary spiritual avenue in our quest to experience God."
Fred is a native of Washington state where he began organ studies with Dr. Edward Hansen of Seattle. He earned organ performance degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, moving to Paris in 1972 for organ study with Marie-Claire Alain and Maurice Duruflé. Since 1976, he has been Director of Music at the American Church in Paris where he is organist and conducts the Adult Choir, the ACP Bronze Ringers, and the Celebration Ringers. Fred also organizes the weekly Sunday evening classical concert series. He has numerous choral and handbell works published in the United States and is the Honorary Associate Director of the Raleigh Ringers of North Carolina as well as co-conductor for the yearly European Handbell Festival.
Bonnie Woolley, Children's, Youth, and Young Adult Music Director
"The guiding principle in all the work I do with my singers and musicians is to teach them to say: 'This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine!'"
Bonnie began directing choirs at age 15, and has been a professional choir director since age 19. She has been a member of the American Church in Paris since 1982. She served as section leader in the adult choir until 1998, when she created the ACP Youth Music program. Children's and youth choirs from the ACP have participated in events such as the Festival d'Ile de France, concerts at the Louvre and for two French prime ministers, recording sessions (two of which were for Bob Sinclar) and various concerts in Paris and the surrounding region. Bonnie also created and directs Voices Choeur International, a semi-professional choir, and the Maîtres Sonneurs, a community handbell ensemble. Through her association AMME she works with the French national education system and the French administration to promote choral singing and the use of handchimes in schools and conservatories. Bonnie has a B.A. in music and French, an M.A. and a French D.E.A. in language-teaching methodology, and has done research on the relationship between language and music.
Natalie Raynal, Contemporary Music Director
"Leading worship brings together everything I love and value most; it's an opportunity to testify to who God is and what he has done, in fellowship with other musicians, through music that I love. 'Because your love is better than life, my lips will praise you…with singing lips my mouth will praise you.'"
Natalie is a native of Richmond, Virginia who came to Paris after 7 years in Milan, Italy. After graduating from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors of Music in voice performance under Phylis Bryn-Julson, she continued her vocal studies with Renato Cazzaniga of La Scala. In Milan she performed in classical and jazz concerts and lead worship at the Milan Bible Church. Natalie has lead the Contemporary Service since it began in 2008, and joined the ACP staff as Contemporary Music Director in 2009. "I love the diversity of what we can do as a worship team at the ACP. The extraordinary diversity of our backgrounds and blend of classically and self-trained musicians allows each of us add our own unique style and faith experience to the blend."