STAFF

  • pastor josh armendariz

    lead pastor

    Josh came to Kingston First Congregational Church in Nov. 2019, from the Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Des Moines suburb of Ankeny, Iowa, and five years at Abundant Life Christian Center in Wilmington, MA.  He brings 16 years of experience as a Sr. Pastor, Youth Minister, and Discipleship Ministry.  Josh has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry from Moody Bible Institute and a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.  Josh’s wife Elizabeth, is also a GCTS graduate.  Josh and Elizabeth describe themselves as a team, and they have two children, Tristan (13) and Angie (8).

  • Rev. Dr. W. David thomas

    pastor for care

    In 2020, David retired as Lead Pastor, a position he had held since 1997.  After a year long sabbatical he continues to serve our congregation as part-time Pastor for Care. David has advanced degrees from Southern Baptist and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminaries.  He is past President and CEO of Bethany Community Services in Haverhill which provides housing and social services to 650 seniors.  He helped found Noah’s Ark Day Care Center, the Pregnancy Care Center, and Sarah’s Place Adult Day Health Center and served on the Boards of the Haverhill Rotary Club and New England Home for the Deaf.   He and his wife, Patricia, live in our parsonage.

  • Elaine prestipino

    director of ministry support services

    Elaine works in our busy church office as Director of Ministry Support and as Financial Administrator where she handles the day to day financial tasks of the church.  Along with her co-workers she provides harmony, compassion, creativity, organizational and administrative skills necessary in caring for the local Church body.  There are 4 things Elaine counts as priceless treasures in her life; her personal faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior, her husband Joe and her 2 grown children Jared and Jolene.  She enjoys dabbling in painting, is an avid perennial gardener and loves Italian heritage cooking. Elaine is a committed Christian and desires to share by example the “peace that passes understanding”.

  • cindy wellington

    administrative assistant

    Cindy helps put together the weekly church publications as well as any other day to day task that needs attention. In addition to her staff position, Cindy co-chairs A Circle of Christian Women and is involved in small group Bible study groups.

  • Judy hunter

    music organist

    Judy Hunter serves as the Organist at FCC.  She took on this role this year after stepping down from as Music Director and Organist where she served with excellence for more than sixty years.

  • gwen citarella

    youth discipleship director

    Gwen brings to Youth Ministry a deep desire for youth to encounter the love of Jesus Christ and to help them forge a meaningful and lasting connection to His body of believers. 

  • katIe johnson

    children's discipleship director

    Katie Johnson has a passion for children and children's discipleship. Her years of experience as a parent, Sunday school teacher, AWANA leader, preschool teacher, and homeschool mom provide great vision for what children are capable of doing. With God directing the way, she is always excited to see what God has planned next for our children.

  • mike fabello

    facilities manager

    Mike is responsible for the physical upkeep of the church building including the sanctuary, Rent Fellowship Hall, bathrooms, kitchen, and Sunday school rooms.  He is also invaluable in creating and constructing whatever the need is for the moment, whether a backdrop the Christmas play or stations for the parking lot!  

  • ruthie cranton

    arts and worship director

    Ruthie is a retired music educator. She earned a degree in Music Education and also holds a Master’s Degree in "Computers in Education" Ruthie has used her God-given musical talents in leading worship for many years.