Acting Pastor & Youth Minister
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.
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.
Minister of Children and Families
Hannah grew up and attended college in Maine. Now, she is a student at Boston University School of Theology, but felt called to ministry as a camper at Pilgrim Lodge, Maine’s UCC summer camp. She is especially interested in faith-based community organizing, finding new ways of working with children and the power of camp. Hannah enjoys playing board games, experimenting with her ukulele and volunteering with the Poor People’s Campaign.
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.
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.
Originally from the Chicago area, Gabrielle Barkidjija (B.M. and M.M, Northwestern University) is a young artist at the Boston University Opera Institute. Previously a a young artist with the Merola Opera Program, Central City Opera and the Aspen Opera Center, she has sung with The Crossing Choir, a two-time, GRAMMY winning choral ensemble.