About Us

"Wherever you are on your journey ... you are welcome here."

FirstConnect, a ministry of First Congregational Church of Hudson, Ohio, invites you into our digital faith community. We reflect a wide range of theological beliefs and are united by our common faith in Jesus Christ. We encourage you to share with us as we seek to be God’s word alive here and now.

Rev. Dr. Peter Wiley

Rev. Dr. Peter Wiley

Senior Pastor

Peter has been our pastor since the winter of 2005. Peter grew up north of Chicago, attended Denison University, received a master of divinity from Yale University and a doctorate from Hartford Seminary. Prior to his move to Hudson, he last served as the pastor of the Congregational Church of Brookfield in Connecticut. Peter and his wife, Amiee, are the parents of three children, a son who attends Webb Institute on Long Island, a daughter at the University of North Carolina, and a daughter in law school at the College of William and Mary.

Rev. Jeanette Brodersen

Rev. Jeanette Brodersen

Associate Pastor

Jeanette joined the staff as associate pastor in September 2011. With a Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate earned from South Dakota State University, she taught high school English for three years in South Dakota. Jeanette received a Master of Divinity in May 2009 from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. She then served as associate minister at Plymouth Congregation Church UCC in Des Moines, Iowa, through Plymouth’s Transition-into-Ministry program funded by the Lilly Endowment. Jeanette and her husband, Jon have a daughter and enjoy cooking, hiking, and putting together jigsaw puzzles. In her free time, Jeanette loves to spend time with her family, and curl up with a good novel and hot cup of tea.

Rev. Steve Hockstra

Rev. Steve Hockstra

Associate Pastor of Adult and Youth Education

Steve became the Director of Youth Ministries in February 2009. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. Steve has served in youth ministry full time for 15 years. Steve and his wife, Jennifer, have two daughters, Lillian Grace, Clara Lynn and their lovable dog, Titus. Steve enjoys almost anything sports related. Steve and Jennifer spend most of their free time trying to keep up with their two little girls.