John Allen

Pastor

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.

Katherine Pater

Minister of Christian Education

Katherine believes that the stories of scripture and the practices of our faith have the power to inspire young people to make their community and their world a better place. In addition to being a graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she was also a student farmer at The Farm School in Athol, MA, where she learned to repair tractors, plant kale, and improve the global food system. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her dog, Gus.

Matthew Larson

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.

Emma Brewer-Wallin

Student Minister

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.

Lori Connelly

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.

Brenda Lee

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.

Stacey Festa

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

Minister Emeritus

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.

 

Soloists

Megan Callahan

Mezzo-soprano

Megan Callahan has performed with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Charlottesville Opera, Seagle Music
Colony, and American Opera Projects. Ms. Callahan holds a M.M. in Opera
Performance from the Boston Conservatory and a B.M. in Voice Performance
from UNC Greensboro.

Leroy Davis

Baritone

Leroy Davis’ 2019 engagements include Don Giovanni with Boston Opera Collaborative and his company debut with Opera Theater of St. Louis. Mr. Davis attended the Mannes College of Music as an undergraduate, and earned his Master’s degree at Bard College. He was a regional finalist in the 2015 Metropolitan Opera’s National Competition.

Angela Gooch

Soprano

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.