Nichols United Methodist Church Nichols United Methodist Church
35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT 06611

Pastor David
Senior Pastor
Rev. David R. Piscatelli

Pastor David was appointed to Nichols UMC effective July 1, 2014. He has been a pastor for eight years and was ordained in the New York Annual Conference in 2009. Nichols UMC is the second church he is serving, having been the pastor at Faith UMC – North Haven CT since 2006. He has a passion for active discipleship, where individual spiritual growth is lived out by serving Jesus Christ in our relationships, our community, and the world. His ministry experience includes: Spiritual Director (Tres Dias), Bereavement Support Facilitator, UMC Mentor Program, Certified ERT Volunteer (UMCOR), District Statistician, and Approved Ministry Supervisor (Yale Divinity School). As a lifelong Methodist, he was an active lay member of several congregations in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Connecticut – including Fairfield Grace UMC, Fairfield Ct. Pastor David is a 2006 graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, where he earned his Masters of Divinity.

Prior to attending seminary, Pastor David was a business professional for 18 years. He was a CPA in the Boston area (Ernst & Young) and a finance executive at JP Morgan Chase in New York. During his career he also worked at other small privately held companies in various industries, holding supervisory roles, interacting with clients and facilitating programs and projects with colleagues. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Asbury College – Wilmore KY - with a double major in Accounting and Business Management in 1986.

Pastor David and his wife Holly have been married for 29 years and have two children in college (Heather & Gray). They like hiking, boating, talking walks in the evening, and spending time with family. He is the son of a United Methodist Pastor and both came to the pulpit as a second career.

Pastor Joseph
Senior Pastor
Rev. Joseph Piccirillo

Joseph began his ordained ministry in the Roman Catholic Church where he served in the Diocese of Bridgeport for seven years. He served three years in inner city ministry and three years on the faculty of Kolbe Cathedral High School where he taught Old Testament theology and Christian morality. He also served as chair of the theology department.

Joseph received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint John's Seminary College in 1982 and Master of Divinity from the same school in 1985. He completed. Methodist Studies at Yale Divinity School in 1996. His prior appointments as Pastor were at East Berlin United Methodist Church and First United Methodist in Shelton. Joseph has been serving as Senior Pastor of the Nichols Church, in his hometown of Trumbull, Connecticut, since July 2002.

He is married to Sandra, who grew up in Milford. He enjoys, cycling, tennis, and astronomy. He also likes working with computers in the area of digital video and photography.

Pastor Joseph is also Chaplain to the Nichols Fire Department and is a certified fire fighter in the state of Connecticut.

22 Shelter Rock Rd Trumbull, CT 06611

Pastor Gillian
Gillian Braun

Gillian is passionate about teaching our young people that living for Jesus isn’t weird: it’s AWESOME.

She grew up at this church, our church family being her second family but she struggled making the connection between who she was and what it was to be a Christian. Through her amazing foundations from her immediate family and this church family she whole heartedly starting living for the Lord when she was 20: and she can’t believe she waited that long! Her confusion over what it truly meant to be a Christian is what makes her so passionate about making her relationship with Jesus and real and accessible to anyone and everyone: If you want to know something; just ask!

Since she turned twenty Gillian’s time in ministry has been quite eventful. After graduating from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelors in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design she moved back to Trumbull and started leading a High School Bible Study here at NUMC before leaving to go to Missions School in Mozambique, Africa at Iris Ministries From there she moved to London where she worked for Alpha International coordinating Youth Alpha Internationally. (For more on the Alpha course click here! ). She’s done almost every job from Nannying to Supervising a chalet in Austria so she could snowboard all Winter! But in the end, God brought her back here to share Jesus with our young people; and she couldn’t be happier ( :

Gillian likes doing anything and everything active (even more so if it includes water and nature), she HAS to be creative in some way at all times, loves local organic yummy food, thrives in chaos and would rather spend her nights hanging out with our youth group then anywhere else.

She thinks her job rocks ( : …and loves telling people that God thinks they rock!

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