Rev. Shannon Wall began serving as Acting Pastor at the First Congregational Church of New Milford in September, 2018.  She previously served as Pastor of the South Britain Congregational Church in Southbury, CT and as the Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church of Darien, CT. 

Rev. Wall also presents a one-person performance of the Gospel of Mark at various locations.  The first presentations were in October 2018 at Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury, CT and at the United Church of Christ’s New England “Super Saturday” event in March 2019.  Other presentations are scheduled for Saturday, April 6 At 2 pm at First Congregational Church of New Milford, and on Saturday, May 4 at 2 pm at Saint Stephen Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, VA.

 Shannon was part of a team that produced the documentary, “Home of the Brave: When Southbury said ‘No’ to the Nazis,” which aired on CPTV and over 100 venues, including the US Capitol.  The 1937 event in which the church’s pastor and town leaders prevented a pro-Nazi camp from being built is also featured in a new exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC. 

 Shannon was ordained in 2008.  She had previous careers as a business writer, consultant and marketing executive; and as a professional actress.  She has a M.Div. degree from Yale Divinity School, where she also taught and won awards for preaching and scripture reading; an MFA degree in Acting from New York University; and a BA in English from The College of William & Mary.  Shannon and her husband, Larry Arno, have two grown children and two grandchildren.