MEET OUR STAFF
Reverend Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister
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Sunday – Thursday, 9am-3pm
Paul became Senior Minister at Hancock United Church of Christ in August, 2009, having previously served congregations in Madison, Wisconsin and Falmouth, Maine. He brings more than twenty years of experience with him, and he loves both churches and church people. Preaching, teaching and fellowship are among his passions, as well as continuing to learn and grow. Paul believes that the United Church of Christ has a unique mission to the world today, grounded in our simultaneous commitments to the freedom and responsibility of the individual and the congregation to determine their own paths of faith and discipleship, as well our dedication to remaining in covenant relationship with others, even those with whom we might disagree. He believes churches should be robust and vibrant communities of exploration, support, compassion and inclusion, working for a more just and peaceful world, and he is looking forward to helping Hancock become evermore faithful to such a vision, building on the solid foundations already in place.
Paul walks through life with his beloved wife of nearly 30 years, MaryAnn. Together they have two sons, Nathan 24, and Sam 21, who reside in Portland, Maine. Paul loves to read (novels, history, biography), to ride his bicycle, to walk and hike. He has a modest record collection (vinyl, remember them?) with an eclectic range of styles. He is a passionate fan of the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins (in that order). He enjoys nothing as much as a good conversation. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Graceland University, his Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School and his Doctor of Ministry at Columbia Theological Seminary.
Reverend Dana Allen Walsh, Minister
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Rev. Dana Allen Walsh currently serves Hancock Church in the role of Minister. She began serving Hancock in 2006 as Associate Pastor with a focus on Youth Ministry. Her work at Hancock now includes preaching, pastoral care, teaching and social justice. Dana holds a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington. She believes that the power of church lies in its ability to offer a new way of seeing the world. “Through prayer, we can let go of control and trust in God’s power; through the sacraments, we can connect with Christians in all times and places; through Scripture, we can learn and grow through Jesus’ example of radical love and inclusion.” For Dana, the church is a rest stop where one can take a break, breathe, and refuel for the week ahead.
In Lexington, one can often find Dana at work in her office at Hancock (with her dog, Bono), enjoying a coffee at Starbucks, or getting her hands dirty in the Interfaith Garden. When not at work, she enjoys exploring the neighborhoods of Boston with her husband, Sean, eating delicious food (but not necessarily cooking it), hiking in the Fells, and playing goofy games with her son, Leighton.
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.
Marily 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.
Pam Cochrane, Director of Children’s Ministries
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Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 9am-3pm
Dedicated to educational ministries, Pam’s passion brings together more than 25 years of experience in the arts with her study of art in worship and Christian Education as a means to foster spiritual and creative expression in communities of faith. She earned her Masters in Religious Education in 2010 from Andover-Newton Theological School and continues who graduate work as a Hancock Fellow at ANTS towards a Masters of Divinity. A long time member of the Congregational Church of Harvard, MA, (UCC) Pam served as the Director of Christian Education at the Congregational Church of Harvard for three years and served as the Interim Director of Creative Worship and Arts as well as Ministerial Intern at First Church in Cambridge, MA, Congregational (UCC). Pam has also focused on community-building in the town of Harvard as Co-Founder of For Art’s Sake – Harvard, a non-profit community association celebrating artistic expression in the schools and the community through exhibitions, workshops, and performances. Pam, her husband Ken, and grown daughters, Sarah and Maggie, have lived in Harvard, MA’s Still River village for more than 19 years. Pam’s office hours are Sunday, Tuesday & Thursday from 9am-3pm.
Alex Will, Congregational Care Coordinator
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Outside of Hancock, Alex has an unhealthy obsession with soccer, particularly Everton Football Club in Liverpool, England. He loves talking with friends over a strong cup of coffee or a beer (especially with our Theology on Tap group) and frequently annoys his roommates by playing his blue Fender Stratocaster.
Becca Lockwood, Seminarian
Becca is in her second year at Andover Newton Theological School. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Hartwick College in 2010 in Religious Studies with minors in French and Ceramics. Before coming to Andover-Newton, she spent the fall in Cazedero, CA where she volunteered at the Yeshe De Text Preserervation Project (where the sacred texts of Tibetan Buddhism are reprinted and sent to monasteries in India and surrounding countries). This is her first year of Field Education at Hancock UCC. She is a Member in Discernment with the Cumberland Association of the Maine Conference UCC. Her home church is in the small town of Casco, Maine. She was born and raised with love for the Great Outdoors. She was formed by her experiences at Pilgrim Lodge, the UCC summer camp of Maine where she attended as a camper for seven years and served on staff as camp photographer for four years. Becca enjoys swimming and kayaking. One of her favorite places is Portland Head Light where the ocean crashes against the rocky coast of Maine. Becca’s passions lie in the outdoors, children, and worship, and she is excited to broaden her horizen during her time at Hancock.
Nancy Rottman, Seminarian
Nancy has been pursuing her Master of Divinity at Andover Newton part time for the last two years. For the last decade she has worked as a service coordinator for an Early Intervention program but left her job in early August to attend Andover-Newton Theological School full-time and begin her field education here at Hancock. She will be in discernment with the Hillsborough Association in the New Hampshire Conference of the UCC.
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 with Colleen heading to college this fall, they are grateful for their two Siberian Huskies who prevent their nest from being completely empty!
Nancy comes to Hancock with a wide range of church experience and has been an active member of First Church, Nashua, NH. Her passion is helping people put their faith in action through mission opportunities near and far. Having coordinated the mission trip ministry of First Church for the last 5 years, Nancy has made multiple trips to the Dominican Republic and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. She believes that when we work alongside the “other” for a greater good, we break down the barriers that separate us.
Jane Park, Office Administrator
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Jane is originally from Knoxville, TN but has lived in Cambridge for nine years. She currently teaches violin and guitar lessons at LB Music School in Medford. This year will be her seventh year playing in the New England Philharmonic, and her sixth year performing as a singer/songwriter. She has played shows all over Cambridge and Boston, as well as the Gulu-Gulu Cafe in Salem, and the Lucky Dog in Worcester. Before coming to Hancock, Jane was the Front Desk Receptionist at Longy School of Music and a barista for two Cambridge Cafes: Crema Cafe and Cafe Luna. In her free time, she explores local cafes and restaurants and plays with her adorable cat Zooey.
Jane holds a B.A. in Music from Wellesley College. Previously, she has worked for radio show From the Top, arts presenter World Music, and chamber music group Musicians of the Old Post Road.
Tamara Potselueva, Administrative Assistant
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Originally from Russia, Tamara and her mother moved to the US in 1992. There she finished high school in New Haven, CT, then ended up in Boston to attend Northeastern University. She has worked a variety of jobs including: a small Italian grocery store, a coffee shop, a collection agency, and Papa Razzi. After graduating with a B.A. in Graphic Design, she has held several design positions.
In 2005 she met her husband Tobias, online, while he was still living in Germany, and in 2006 he moved to US and they got married in July. He is a wonderful and caring person who has incredible artistic abilities. He also has a green thumb!
In 2008, her daughter Polina was born and has been the biggest inspiration to herself and her husband! Polina is in Kindergarten now, in a public school system, which comes with it’s own challenges, but she is involved in PTO and other school associations.
Says Tamara, “In our spare time we like to be outside, attend local events, visit our friends, and cook delicious meals at home. Polina likes to chat weekly with her grandparents (who live in CT and Germany) via Skype, and tell them all about our latest happenings. I try to stay active locally, helping out at Polina’s school and attending various Watertown residents’ groups. Tobias is in a process of taking care of our garden, repairing an old motorcycle and helping our family friend with his scooter towing business.”
Kim Gladstone, Financial Administrator
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Monday and Tuesday, 8:30am-3pm and by appointment
Kim Gladstone became Hancock’s financial administrator in 2012. She brings with her over 25 years of financial experience, ranging from Portfolio Manager at an investment bank to managing the finances for several area nonprofits. Kim’s undergraduate degree is from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she majored in biology and was premed. In 1987 she received her MBA in Finance from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. When she’s not working on spreadsheets, Kim enjoys travelling, taking exercise classes and playing classical pieces on the piano. Kim lives in Winchester with her husband, Steven, her son, Cole, her beautiful golden retriever, Fiona, and MeToo, the coolest cat in the world.
Dan dos Santos, Facilities Manager
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Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, except Wednesdays, 12-3pm
Dan dos Santos is the Facilities Manager at Hancock Church. He is responsible for maintaining the church, including managing building rentals, overseeing contractors and working with church committees. During his time at Hancock, dos Santos has overseen several large projects, including the revitalization of hallways and other areas of the church and its offices. He is responsible for handling the building needs of the Hancock Nursery School and facilitating the relationship between the school and the church. Dan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Boston and earned his Facilities Management certificate from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2011.