Rev. Jane Willan began serving First Church as Senior Pastor on February 8, 2022. She is the first female senior pastor in the history of First Church.
Jane comes to First Church, West Hartford from within the United Church of Christ (UCC) Southern New England Conference. She was ordained in 2003 and has served congregations in Massachusetts and Iowa. Rev. Willan holds degrees from Hiram College, (Ohio) Boston University, and received her Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She is no stranger to Connecticut, having worked in Simsbury early in her career, prior to her call to ministry.
Jane has a passion for social justice. She was among the first to officiate same-sex marriages in Iowa. She is also committed to “effective and dynamic stewardship,” and has developed and sharpened her own skills in this area. She is a pastor who relates well to others. She is candid and genuine.
Jane likes to spend her spare time with her husband Don, their dog, Moses, and cat, Winifred. She enjoys writing fiction and is the author of the Sister Agatha and Father Selwyn Mystery Series.
Vanderbilt Divinity School
Masters of Divinity
Masters in Science
Bachelor of Arts
Majoring in Religion and History