John believes that the Church is a place where God’s love comes alive! He loves seeking the many and surprising ways that God’s voice is still speaking to us today: through ancient stories, through the music of our tradition, through the joy of our children, and through the lives of all God’s people.
Minister of Music
Dr. Larson plays piano, organ, and directs our choirs on Sunday morning. We are blessed to have his music which lifts our spirits heavenward and teaches our hearts to sing.
R.G. Wilson-Lyons is a new transplant to Massachusetts from Alabama. As an ordained United Methodist minister, R.G. loves helping people hear our faith story in ways that bring life, healing, justice, and peace to the world and to our lives. He is married to Mary Page Wilson-Lyons who is a PhD student in practical theology at Boston University and is dad to Nina, age 7, and Julian, age 2. R.G. loves playing with his kids, hiking and exploring nature, and cooking. In addition to serving with us as youth minister, R.G. works as a consultant with organizations doing ministry in low-income contexts and blogs about faith, theology, community and justice.
Emma believes in the power of the church to be a community of faith, a place of belonging, and an incubator for transformation. As a (very) young person growing up in UCC congregations in Oregon, church elders invited her to be part of the church’s leadership, and from these experiences, Emma affirms the importance — for each of us — of discerning what God is calling us to through relationship with one another. When she is not thinking about church, Emma can most often be found reading, cooking with her roommates, or exploring hiking trails.
Director of Finance and Operations
Lori oversees the financial aspects of our church life to ensure that our resources are always aligned with our mission. She makes sure everything is working in the building so that we have a good home for our ministry, and she helps us plan for our church’s future. Lori is a member of St. Agatha’s Parish who is passionate about ministry to youth.
Communications and Office Administrator
Brenda Lee manages the day-to-day happenings of the church office. She has worked as an editor, writer and photographer for various magazines, and holds a B.A. from Penn State University and a M.A. from the University of New Orleans. She was a Program Administrator at the University of Arizona before relocating back to her hometown in Massachusetts. She enjoys spending time outdoors with her family.
Nursery Care Professional
Stacey Festa holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and has more than 25 years experience as a preschool teacher. Presently, she works at Learning Circle Preschool in Canton. A church member for 12 years, Stacey is thrilled to share her teaching knowledge and experience with the youngest members of the FCC community.
Rev. Dr. Jeff Johnson
Pastor Jeff served this church from 1993 to 2014. Under his leadership the church experienced substantial growth and spirited renewal. He was named Pastor Emeritus in 2019 in recognition of the foundation he laid for our continued vitality and growth.
Angela Gooch is on opera faculty at Boston University , and is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Angela has frequently appeared on stage with Opera Boston. She holds degrees in both piano and voice performance, with a B.M. from Samford University and M.M. from BU.
An avid performer of new music, mezzo-soprano Emily Harmon has frequently appeared as a featured soloist with the Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble and made her Jordan Hall debut singing the world premiere of Kati Agòcs’ Hyacinth Curl with Hub New Music. She holds both an M.M. and a B.M. in Vocal Performance from Boston University.
Lorna Jane Norris
Lorna Jane Norris is a British-born singer, teaching artist and non-profit arts leader.She holds degrees from the University of Liverpool (UK) and the Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA). Following a career in the community music school field, Lorna Jane launched her own coaching, consulting and recruitment firm in 2020.