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Staff & Lay Leaders

Clergy & Staff

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Lexi Boudreaux

Transitional Minister

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Jaz Buchanan

Pastoral Associate

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Bruce Dillenbeck

Office Assistant

617-547-2724, ext. 41

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Sarah Higginbotham

Director of Creative Worship & Arts

617-547-2724 ext. 42

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Jean Dany Joachim

Poet in Residence

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Rev. Kate Layzer

Minister of Street Outreach

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Mónica Maher

Community Minister in Latin America

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Kirsten Manville

Director of Operations

617-547-2724, ext. 21

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Rev. Karen McArthur

Minister of Stewardship & Finance

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Jim Stewart

Director of First Church Shelter

617-661-1873

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Rev. Daniel Smith

Senior Minister

(617) 547-2724, x23

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Carlyle Stewart

Community Minister for Racial Justice

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Peter Sykes

Director of Music

617-645-0833

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Lay Leaders

 

At the heart of historic Congregationalism is the belief that the best, most faithful decisions are worked out in groups where each person has a voice. This belief shapes First Church’s approach to decision making. Like all churches with Congregational roots, First Church is governed by its members in trusting partnership with its pastors—guided and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Members prayerfully call ministers to serve, discern directions for ministry, draw up and approve budgets, and organize ourselves for ministry and mission in the world.

First Church is led by the following Officers, Boards and Committees. The Executive Council, which meets once per month, is made up of the church’s officers and the chairs of each committee.

OFFICERS

Moderator Julie Pridham

Vice Moderator Mary Robinson

Clerk Chris Reynolds

Treasurer Rich Goode

Associate Treasurer Larry Evans

Assistant Treasurer Art Anger

Assistant Treasurer Connie Pyle

Controller Rachel Carlson

Member at Large Lisa Dinardo

BOARD OF DEACONS

Moana Bentin, Co-Chair

Amy Matias, Co-Chair

Beth Spaulding

Taj Smith

Davis Dyer

Dean Eaton

Nora Willcutts

Leslie Pelton-Cairns

Adam Weiss

FELLOWSHIP COMMITTEE

Caitlin Anderson, Chair

Fellowship Coordinators: Martha Dyer, Sara Hendren, Brian Funck

Cookie Solicitors: Sara Hendren, Brian Funck and Pauline Fennel

MISSIONS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE

Deb Cunningham, Co-Chair

Sally O’Brien, Co-Chair

Jim Brown

Alice Kidder

Molly Baker

Phil Jones

CHRISTIAN FORMATION COMMITTEE

Hilary Hopkins, Chair

Nancy Cyr

Karolyn Feeks Maws

Faith Ross

Ariel Ackermann

Audrey Bellinger

SHELTER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Jan Lo, Co-Chair

Don Johnson, Co-Chair

Brian Funck

Jane Matthews

BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE

Nate Jones, Chair

Cathy Garnett

Kindle Williams

Peter Byerly

STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Stephen Weller, Co-Chair

Joanne Paul, Co-Chair

Susie Longfield

Nancy O’Connell

Meredith Quinn

GIFTS DISCERNMENT/NOMINATING

Dave Kidder, Chair

Beth Loomis

Jim Rissling

Pauline Fennel

Devin Hansen

Susan Gere

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Rich Goode, Treasurer, Chair, ex officio

Rachel Carlson, Controller, ex officio

Larry Evans, Associate Treasurer, ex officio

Stephen Weller/Joanne Paul, Co-Chairs of Stewardship, ex officio

Laurie Burt, Chair of Investments, ex officio

INVESTMENTS (SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE)

Laurie Burt, Chair

Marc O’Brien

Rich Goode, Treasurer, ex officio

Elizabeth Lovance

FINANCIAL OPERATIONS (SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE)

Larry Evans, Associate Treasurer, Chair, ex officio

Rich Goode Treasurer, ex officio

Rachel Carlson, Controller, ex officio