Get to know the leaders at our church!

Reverend E. Carl Howard


Reverend E. Carl Howard has served as the Associate Pastor of Dunbar Congregational Church, Hamden Connecticut, since June of 2017. He has served First Church of West Haven in the capacities of bridge and supply Pastor since November 2014. A graduate of Yale Divinity and the recipient of several Master degrees from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Carl was an Ordained Elder of a Nondenominational church for more than 25 years prior to joining the United Church of Christ.

Jessica Tingley

Director of Christian Education

Welcome! I am excited to be working as the Director of Christian Education! 

I was born into and raised in this church, and I feel very dedicated to this ministry. Here at FCCWH, I have worked with Sunday School, youth group, family events, confirmation class, church council, and the deacons. I help lead children's worship once a month in the chapel.  I am in my final year of Christian Education Certification through the United Church of Christ. I am also attending Southern Connecticut State University studying psychology and religious studies. My goal is to teach God's unconditional love in fun and spiritual ways.

I lean on the Scripture reading, "It is the Lord your God who goes before you. He will never leave you or forsake you." Moving forward, and never alone, I hope you will join our ministry!

With gratitude and joy,


Jessica Plude

Director of Music

Jessica Plude is the Music Director/Organist at the First Congregational Church of West Haven.  She graduated from Ithaca College (Ithaca, New York) in 2015 and has a degree in Music/Piano and a minor in Psychology.  During her time at Ithaca, Jessica explored her love and interest in film compositions/ soundtracks.  Jessica composed original soundtracks for seven student films.

Jessica was also a member of her High School Marching Band. In 2008 she had the honor and privilege to march at Obama’s Inauguration with the Trumbull High School Golden Eagle Marching Band.  Jessica also likes to compose piano arrangements for dancers.  As a senior in high school, she composed and performed with the Trumbull High School World Guard in their show, ‘Hope’, a show about Cancer awareness.  In 2016, she composed again for Alter Ego, an Independent Color Guard group.

Besides playing at the Church, Jessica teaches private piano and guitar lessons.  She is a Steinway Certified Piano Teacher.  She also enjoys playing at weddings, funerals, special occasions, and gigging.  Throughout the week, Jessica is a substitute teacher in the city of Bridgeport.  Lastly, Jessica enjoys swimming.  She was a part of her college’s swim club and has participated in the St. Vincent’s Swim Across the Sound for the past two years (2016, 2017).  The event is a fundraiser for the victims of breast cancer.  Jessica plans on swimming for the event for a third time this summer.

Currently, Jessica is pursuing her Master’s in Counseling with Music Therapy at the University of Lesley stationed in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

Phil Liscio

Facilities Manager

Phil Liscio is married to lifetime Church Member Janet Husmer Liscio.  They have two daughters, Courtney and Lauren.  Currently, Phil is employed by Yale University and our church serving in the facilities manager.

Phil has served on Board of Trustees, Chaired the Stewardship Committee, and currently is Moderator and Co-Chairperson of the Apple Festival.

The Liscio family founded Westies Care, Inc., a non-profit grassroots community service outreach that has a mission to serves those most in need.

Amy Wrinn

Assistant Treasurer

 I am a native of West Haven, and I'm a single mom of two awesome kids. I currently serve as a deacon and the Treasurer. 


Cathy Sabatino