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!

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 that 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.

 

Soloists

Angela Gooch

Soprano

Angela Gooch has appeared as a featured soloist at the Monadnock Festival and performed with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She is on opera faculty at Boston University , and is an Assistant Professor of Voice at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She holds degrees in both piano and voice performance, with a B.M. from Samford University and M.M. from BU.

Emily Harmon

Mezzo-soprano

An avid performer of new music, 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.

Dennis Shuman

Tenor

As an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Dennis Shuman won the annual concerto competition. He continued to complete a Master of Music degree at Loyola University New Orleans, where his roles included Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi. He is a recent graduate of the Opera Institute at Boston University.