MEET OUR STAFF
Reverend Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister
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Sunday, Monday – Thursday, 9am-3pm
Mark Morgan, Director of Music
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Director of Music Mark Morgan joined the Hancock staff in June of 2009. He has served 6 different churches in 5 different states over the course of his over 25 year career in church music. Mark firmly believes in the integration of music with the rest of the worship in order to create a unified, uplifting worship experience. Mark is the Director of the Chancel Choir, the Hancock Choristers, and the River Rock Band. With a keen interest in children and education, he encourages persons of all ages to share their musical gifts with the congregation. A professional singer, conductor, teacher, and composer, Mark is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of New England Light Opera and sings with various area groups. A native of Wisconsin, Mark is a graduate of Macalester College and the Eastman School of Music. He lives in Melrose with his wife Amy and son Owen.
For more on Mark’s professional activities, visit markdmorgan.com.
Marilyn Becker, Associate Director of Music, Organist
Marilyn Becker became the Associate Director of Music in 2009 after serving for a year as Interim Director of Music. She has served as a professional church musician since her first job as a paid chorister in college. She brings a love of music and teaching to all her work at Hancock.
With a background in conducting, organ & piano, and accompanying she is a versatile member of the music staff. Her responsibilities at Hancock include directing the Hancock Carillon and playing the organ. Marilyn is a graduate of New England Conservatory of Music and Westminster Choir College.
Nancy Rottman, Congregational Care Coordinator
After 2 years of student ministry here at Hancock, Nancy returns this year as Congregational Care Coordinator. She is in the last year of the Master of Divinity program at Andover Newton Theological School, anticipating graduating in May of 2016. She is a Member in Discernment with the Hillsborough Association of the New Hampshire Conference of the UCC, and serves the wider church as Co-Moderator of the UCC Member-in-Discernment Network on Facebook, a ministry that includes collaborating with members of the national staff of the United Church of Christ on how we can best support those pursuing authorized ministry in our denomination.
Nancy began her professional life as an Air Force OB nurse, stationed at Wright-Patterson AFB, in Dayton, Ohio, where she met and married her husband, Mike. Their three children, Kevin, Megan, and Colleen are now grown and all still in the area which is a blessing.
For the last two years Nancy has been a Dean at Horton Center, the UCC summer camp of the NH Conference of the UCC, planning and leading a week of camp for middle school aged campers. She previously coordinated the mission trip ministry at her home church, First Church Nashua, UCC. Nancy believes that both outdoor ministries and mission tripping provide opportunities for breaking down the barriers that separate us and allowing us to hear each other’s stories. Both also give us direct contact with the awe and wonder that is God’s creation and inspire us to care more deeply for it.
Andrew Harris, Student Minister
Andrew started as a student minister at Hancock in September 2014. He was awarded the inaugural Hancock Lilly Fellowship to participate in a cooperative education program with Andover-Newton Theological Seminary. This pilot program joins academic and practical theological study with hands-on ministry experience, which allows the student to integrate and apply their theological education and pastoral ministry training within the context of a healthy church community.
Previously, Andrew was the Youth Coordinator at South Church in Andover, MA. While working there, he led mission trips to South Carolina, coordinated a community service based summer camp, helped teach the confirmation class, and ran the middle school and high school youth groups.
He graduated from Hofstra University in 2012 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Writing. After graduation he hiked 1,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Massachusetts to Tennessee where he met interesting people and saw interesting things. He currently lives in Beverly with his girlfriend, and they have a cat named Peach. He enjoys playing music with his brothers, reading, writing and watching football.
David C. Clark, Student Minister
David is a native of the beautiful state of Maine and has just completed his first year at Andover Newton Theological School. He is a third generation MDiv on his father’s side and is excited to pursue a life in ministry. His spiritual life began as a child at the UCC summer camp, Pilgrim Lodge where he counseled, volunteered, and for the past four years served as the assistant director. He’s worked in residential student life at his alma mater the University of South Maine, as a youth counselor with Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, and taught in many environments such as churches, adult eds, and at the college level. He’s thrilled to be a newly accepted member to the Hancock team and cannot wait to begin in the fall.
Emelia Attridge, Student Minister
Emelia Attridge currently attends Boston University School of Theology where she is pursuing her Masters of Divinity. She is a Member in Discernment in the Hillsborough Association in the New Hampshire Conference United Church of Christ, and is originally from Manchester, N.H. Emelia graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Religious Studies. She previously served as the Youth Director at First Parish Church Congregational in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. Currently, she serves as the co-chair for the Outdoor Mission Group for the NHCUCC, which oversees programming and outdoor ministry at Horton Center, the NHCUCC summer camp. In her free time she loves reading, painting and kayaking.
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Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Linda DaGraca, Financial Administrator
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Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Samira Al-Ayed, Administrative Assistant
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Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
John Carroll, Building Caretaker
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Sunday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (hours subject to change)