Pastors & Music Directors

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The Rev. Dr. Scott Herr, Senior PastorScott 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. Shop for the credit offer with the borrower next payday. You are looking for the no fax payday loans online loan. We also may be given certain disclosures about the lender. 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!"

The Rev. Michelle Wahila, Associate Pastor

Michelle1Michelle 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, Associate Pastor of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Dan is the Associate Pastor 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.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with Dan please contact him .

 

The Rev. Dr. Jeff Powell, Interim Associate Pastor

Pastor Jeff Powell was ordained in 1976 and served as a pastor in four Presbyterian congregations in Southern California. In 1992 he and Alba, his wife, began their ministry to international English-speaking congregations and he served as Pastor/Head of Staff at the Tokyo Union Church (1992-1997), the American Church in London (1997-2001) and the United Community Church of Buenos Aires (2003-2006). During his ministry he specialized in the areas of evangelism and congregational renewal. While on sabbatical in 2002 he served as Guest Pastor involved in the wedding ministry at the American Church in Paris. Pastor Jeff has recently retired and lives in Seal Beach, CA. USA. He and Alba have three children and three grandchildren. He is delighted to return to ACP as Guest Pastor. Alba Powell was born in Guatemala and grew up as an active member of a Presbyterian Church there. She trained as a primary school teacher and holds a masters degree in Social Work. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the USA and has worked for California Children's Services, the Tokyo Counseling Center and has done counseling in private practice. She has served the church as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher and co-director of the Logos Youth Club. She is looking forward to being a partner in ministry at the American Church in Paris.

Introducing our Visiting Pastor — Jay McKell

The American Church in Paris welcomes Jay and Elizabeth McKell

Jay and Elizabeth McKellJay and Elizabeth are life-long Presbyterians who have always been active in the church.

Jay has served as an Associate and Solo Pastor, a New Church Development Pastor where he officiated at nearly seven hundred baptisms, and has just completed work as an Interim focusing on Pastoral Care where he officiated at nearly two hundred funerals. He has served on the Board and as Chair of United Way and has worked extensively with The Covenant Network of Presbyterians, a group that has sought full inclusion of GLBT persons in the church and for marriage equality. He enjoys gardening and aspires to become a water color painter. (On his days off you may find him down by the Seine with brush in hand.)

Elizabeth has been a choir member, church school teacher, handbell ringer, Deacon, hostess of innumerable congregational gatherings in their home, the primary meal preparer for Up-Lift, a ministry that serves the hungry in the Kansas City community, and currently she is serving as an Elder as well as a member of the Board of Presbyterian Manners of Mid-America, an agency overseeing seventeen retirement communities in Kansas and Missouri. Her hobbies include cooking, reading, and photography (including editing beautiful Shutterfly books).

They are the parents of three grown sons, Josh, Shannon and Matt. As of 26 June, they have welcomed Matt's wife, Lisa, into their family. They have five grandchildren, Tyler, Amanda, Emma, Zach, and Maddie, each of whom brings particular gladness to their hearts. Their two cats, No Way and Not Now, will be traveling to Paris with them.

Fred Gramann, Music Director

Fred_024"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.

Natalie Raynal, Contemporary Music Director

NLM"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."

Sara Barton, Director of Children’s and Youth Music Ministries

Born in Geneva, Switzerland, Sara was raised in Miami, Florida. Her first experience in music was playing the xylophone for a school play at age 5, and piano lessons soon followed. She studied both piano and later the organ, and became organist at a local church at age 15. Sara earned a BA from St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge where she studied English Literature and served as Organ Scholar. She then returned to Miami and served as organist and handbell director first at Christ the King Lutheran Church (1999-2006), and later at Coral Gables Congregational Church (2006-2008). While in Miami she obtained a Master of Music from Florida International University, whilst also serving as an adjunct professor. Sara has been a music teacher for many years, and currently teaches at École Jeannine Manuel for students at collège level. Sara has lived in France since 2008, and resides in Villejuif with her family.

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