MEET OUR STAFF

Paul

Paul

Reverend Dr. Paul Shupe, Senior Minister

paul@hancockchurch.org | ext. 204

Sunday, Monday – Thursday, 9am-3pm

Paul Shupe has been the Senior Minister of Hancock UCC since the summer of 2009. With nearly three decades of experience, he brings to Hancock a passion for preaching and worship, for teaching and mentoring, and for leadership and service to others. During his tenure the congregation has completed a major building renovation providing full access to all, and, in partnership with Andover Newton Theological School, has created a new Cooperative Master of Divinity Program to change the way ministers are educated for service in the church. He walks through life with MaryAnn, his wife of more than 30 years, who is an artist and crafts maker. They have two adult sons: Nate, a DJ and musician in Portland, Maine, and Sam, a graduate student at Boston University. Paul watches, thinks, and reads about the Boston Red Sox every day, and also enjoys reading, biking and listening to music.
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Barbara Callaghan

Barbara Callaghan, Minister
barbara@hancockchurch.org | ext. 205
Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm
Rev. Barbara Lea Callaghan is the Second Minister at Hancock United Church of Christ in and a licensed psychotherapist. Barbara is passionate about building communities of depth and love that are engaged in liberative social transformation through the power and grace of God. Barbara is a runner, cyclist, hiker, writer and general lover of life. When Barbara is not working she can be found outside exploring near and far with her wife Kate, their daughter Eliza, and dog Cuzco. 
Previously, Barbara has served as a campus minister while in a different denomination after college.  For ten years as a licensed therapist she directed a counseling center that she established.  Upon discovering the UCC, she attended Union Theological Seminary, graduating in 2013.
Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan

Mark Morgan, Director of Music

mark@hancockchurch.org | ext. 212

By appointment

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

Marilyn Becker, Associate Director of Music, Organist

marilyn@hancockchurch.org

Sundays

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

Nancy Rottman

Nancy Rottman, Congregational Care Coordinator

nancy@hancockchurch.org

Sunday, Tuesday

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.

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Andrew Harris

Andrew Harris, Student Minister

andrew@hancockchurch.org 

Sunday, Tuesday

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 Clark

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David C. Clark, Student Minister

dclark@hancockchurch.org

Sunday, Tuesday

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.

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Emelia Attridge

Emelia Attridge, Student Minister

emelia@hancockchurch.org

Sunday, Tuesday

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.

 

OFFICE STAFF

Church Administrator

church.administrator@hancockchurch.org | ext. 202

Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Linda DaGraca, Financial Administrator

linda@hancockchurch.org | ext. 206

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Samira Al-Ayed, Administrative Assistant

samira@hancockchurch.org | ext. 201

Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

John Carroll, Building Caretaker

john@hancockchurch.org | ext. 211

Sunday – Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-12 p.m. (hours subject to change)