MEET OUR STAFF

Paul Shupe

Paul Shupe

Reverend Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister

paul@hancockchurch.org | ext. 204

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.

 

Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan, Director of Music

mark@hancockchurch.org | ext. 212

Sunday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

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

Marilyn Becker

Marily Becker, Associate Director of Music, Organist

marilyn@hancockchurch.org

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

Pam Cochrane

Pam Cochrane, Acting Minister of Faith Formation

pam@hancockchurch.org | ext. 210

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 Shea Will

Alex Shea Will

Alex Will, Acting Minister of Congregational Care

alex@hancockchurch.org | ext. 205

Alex Shea Will began as Acting Minister of Congregational Care in June of 2014. Prior to this he served as Congregational Care Coordinator and Student Minister at Hancock. Having not been raised in a faith community, Alex is especially motivated by the alternative messages of love, authenticity, and acceptance found throughout the Bible, and how they challenge the harmful ways the dominant culture breaks us down and apart. He has a passion for providing a fertile theological ground for the development of exciting and life-giving ministries, specifically those that build-up and strengthen relationships within our congregation.

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 roommate by playing his blue Fender Stratocaster. Alex is a licensed minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) and a native of Pembroke, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Catawba College, a UCC affiliated college in Salisbury, North Carolina, and a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School.

 

Alex Harris, Student Minister

andrew@hancockchurch.org 

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.

Nancy Rottman

Nancy Rottman

Nancy Rottman, Seminarian

nancy@hancockchurch.org

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

Jane Park

Jane Park, Office Administrator
jane@hancockchurch.org | ext. 202

Monday-Thursday, 9am-4pm

Jane is originally from Knoxville, TN but has lived in Cambridge for ten years. She currently teaches violin and guitar lessons at LB Music School in Medford. She current plays with the New England Philharmonic, and performs locally 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.

KrystalNealeKrystal Neale, Administrative Assistant

krystal@hancockchurch.org | ext 201

Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Krystal graduated from Norwood High School in 2003. Never straying too far from her home town, she went on to study Fine Arts at The Art Institute of Boston. While Krystal continues to have a deep love of the art world, her focus has gone from paint to mixed media. She participates in craft shows year-round, displaying a variety of handmade jewelry as well as more experimental pieces. Her most fun projects to work on are faux paper mache taxidermy, although her home has a surprising amount of real, vintage taxidermy, thanks to her antique collecting boyfriend, whom she shares a home with in Medford.

In 2012 Krystal gained a new family member, a very tiny, very energetic, very stubborn French Bulldog. Rufus, named after one of Krystal’s favorite composers, Rufus Wainwright, has brought both entertainment and a happy amount of chaos into her life! She is crazy about Rufus and takes him with her every chance she gets whether a fishing trip, yard sailing or antique hunting.

Krystal also has a strong appreciation for music, and in the warmer months you can most likely find her at outdoor festivals and events; however during the colder part of the year she is sure to be keeping warm in local music venues such as Club Passim, Toad and Lizard Lounge.

Beyond art, Krystal has a strong background in office administration and she is excited to be a part of the team at Hancock United Church of Christ!

Kim Gladstone

Kim Gladstone

Kim Gladstone, Financial Administrator

kim@hancockchurch.org | ext. 206

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

Dan dos Santos

Dan dos Santos, Facilities Manager

dan@hancockchurch.org | ext. 211

Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm, except Wednesdays, 12-3pm

Dan dos Santos is the Facilities Manager at Hancock Church. He is responsible for maintaining the buildings, including managing building rentals, overseeing contractors and working with church committees. During his time at Hancock, dos Santos has overseen the revitalization of the buildings, including hallways, offices, classrooms, and fellowship hall. Currently he is also involved with the large project of installing an elevator and making Hancock Church ADA compliant. 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.