Maria La Sala


Maria LaSala has long been deeply involved in women's issues and feminist theology, and is an active community leader in this realm. She teaches Presbyterian Polity at Yale Divinity School, and Sexuality and Ethics at Albertus Magnus College. Maria is the President of the Board of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut

Maria holds degrees from Barnard College, Union Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary.

Bill Goettler


A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Bill also served churches in Albany, New York, and Wilmington, Delaware. He is especially interested in the issues of urban ministry and economic justice, and has a special concern for the building of an interracial and multi-national Christian community at First Presbyterian Church. Bill also serves as Assistant Dean for Ministry Studies at Yale Divinity School, where he advises students preparing for parish ministry. Bill's essays have been published in a wide range of journals, the most recent of which include the lead essay in the Bulletin of Reformed Theology and in the forthcoming book Global Neighbors: Christian Faith and Moral Obligation in Today's Economy, which can be found at

Maria and Bill recently celebrated their tenth year at First Presbyterian with a trip to Israel.


Patrice McCreless


Patrick McCreless is the organist and choir director at First Presbyterian Church. He is also the chair of the Music Department at Yale University. He holds a Ph.D. in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music. Before coming to New Haven, the taught for fifteen years at the University of Texas at Austin, and was Associate Director of the School of Music. Patrick's academic work has focused on Wagner and the music of the late nineteenth century. But he also holds church music and congregational song dear to his heart. He delights in choir leadership, and always welcomes new singers!