Nichols United Methodist Church

Nichols United Methodist Church
35 Shelton Road, Trumbull, CT 06611
(203)375-5817 •

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 Sabella
YG Twitter: NUMCYouth1

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!

Pastor Harper
Reverend Dr. David J. Harper
Associate Pastor of Pastoral Counseling and Personal Growth
Office: 203-220-8750
Home: 203- 220-8319

Pastor Harper has served under bishop's appointment as an Elder in the United Methodist Church since 1962. He came to the ministry of Nichols United Methodist Church in 2008. Previously he had served two churches in the Catskill Mts. for five years. These were Napanoch and Ulster Heights. He then served a two year appointment as Associate Pastor at Grace UMC in Newburgh, NY. There he was responsible for creating a Christian education program that doubled in size to fill a new educational building. His next appointment lasted 10 years at Summerfield UMC in Port Chester, NY. During that tenure he completed a 3 year program in pastoral counseling under the auspices of the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health in Valhalla, NY. His Master of Divinity degree was conferred by Drew Theological Seminary in 1962. In 1975 he received the degree of Doctor of Ministry after a further three years of study. He has an extensive knowledge of counseling, focusing on relating emotional and cognitive dynamics to spiritual growth for persons of all ages.

A four year pastorate in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, then to three years as pastor right here in Long Hill, Trumbull. There he made a decision to enter the extended ministry of Pastoral Counseling on a full-time basis. He served as Senior Staff Pastoral Counselor and Psychotherapist and treasurer of the Institute in Westport. This was a 27 year ministry serving until his retirement.

However, when he experienced the death of his wife, in 2007, he requested the then Senior Pastor at Nichols to officiate at a service of celebration . He has been at Nichols since then, participating in the Chancel Choir and as baritone soloist. He also chairs the Lay Ministry Team of Liturgical Music and the Fine Arts. Dr. Harper comes from a family of dedicated Methodists, his father a celebrated pipe organist for 64 years in Trenton, NJ. Following in those musical footsteps, Dr. Harper is an accomplished pianist and organist.

His B.A degree was conferred by McDaniel College (Westminster, Md.). At that time he was honored as a recipient of an award to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities. His major was in philosophy and religion

Dr. Harper is a Fellow with the American Association of Pastoral Counselor.

There are only three United Methodist Pastoral Counselors in all of Connecticut who engaged in serving the needs of persons in local churches.

Dr. Harper and his wife, Jo, have been married since 2008. They are the parents of two daughters and three sons, and six granddaughters. Gardening is their special delight, along with music and collecting nativity art.

If you would like to understand yourself and your relationships with reliance on God's presence in your life; if you wish to deepen your relationship with Jesus Christ - - that help is available

Appointments are made with Dr. Harper by calling his Office or Home.