Pastor & Staff

Rev. Gregory Penza


Originally from New Jersey, Greg and his family relocated to Fairfield in 2020 to be a part of the new thing that God is doing through First Presbyterian Church (FPC). As parents of soon to be 3 kids, Greg and his wife Melissa have been especially excited about FPC’s passion to help children, youth, and families become disciples of Jesus Christ. It brings Greg great joy to connect with people from all walks of life and help them grow in their relationship with Jesus. Greg’s greatest desire is for others to experience the love and life change that he has found in Christ. Greg’s favorite church moments are Sunday mornings, when Greg and his 3 year-old daughter (Violette) dance, jump, and lift hands together in praise of God.  Greg loves meeting new people and would love to hear your story.  Feel free to shoot him an email below.

Liz Whitney

Minister of Outreach and Discipleship

Liz and her family are originally from Connecticut and have lived throughout the Northeast and upstate New York. In September of 2021, Liz felt called to FPC. Here at FPC,  Liz is excited to share the extraordinary and transforming love of Jesus with children, families, individuals, and those who might be searching. Liz has worked in various areas of ministry over the past 20 years and has a passion for discipleship and outreach.
Liz holds a pastoral license through the Evangelical Covenant Church and received a Masters of Divinity through Sioux Falls Seminary.

Laurie Birch

Music Director

Laurie did her undergraduate work in music at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She later received a Master, Music Education from the University of Bridgeport. She has studied with Dr. Louise Miller, Olga Antonuk, Rosa Rio, and later with Everett Hilty, Don Vollstedt and Cherry Rhodes.
She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Music Educators.

Rick Lewis

Director of Contemporary Worship Service

Many people in Fairfield County will recognize Rick as the band leader of the popular local band, Green Eyed Lady. Rick began his career as a nationally touring professional musician while running Lewis Sound Productions recording studio and jingle writing business. Rick answered the call to ministry by going into full-time missions work, touring and leading worship around the country and around the world, with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and Mercy Ships. In 2012 Rick founded Home Church New England, a non-profit ministry that has enabled him and his wife Jenn to be a pastors-at-large serving the Fairfield community and beyond, as well as providing parachurch support to local churches, building and training worship teams and providing pastoral counseling for the last decade. Ordained since 1997, Rick holds his non-denominational pastoral ordination through International Ministerial Fellowship which supports pastors in field work and missions. Rick has pursued his calling in music and ministry with a life characterized by out-of-the-box thinking, walking with God in a passionate adventure that has enabled him to be effective in the unlikeliest of places.