Pastor Ian Holland
Ian began his service to The First Church as senior minster in Nov 27, 2011. He serves the church with a deep abiding love for God, God’s people, and the church. He comes with an incurable curiosity about the Bible and what it might say to people living in the 21st century. He also comes with a fading Irish accent, and a background in technology and computer science.
Prior to coming to Swampscott, he served in churches in Somerville, Belmont and Acton in various capacities. Before he was called to ordained ministry Ian was a corporate executive and academic specializing in software design and development. He was born in Ireland but has lived in Massachusetts for many years with his wife and two teenage children. There is more about Ian’s background at his web site and a recent news article.
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Patricia Clark, Director of Music Ministries
An organist, pianist, choral conductor, and music educator, Patricia Clark currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at the First Church in Swampscott. In addition, she teaches K-5 Music and Chorus at the Glen Urquhart School in Beverly Farms.
Clark’s earliest music memories are as a 4-year-old, singing hymns in church and holding up the hymnal pretending she could make sense of the musical notation. Eventually that worked for her, and she no longer needs to pretend! Her formal music education, however, began with her family singing around the campfire at “Y Camp” (Dad was the Director), and studying piano as a young child. (Mom was a piano teacher). It continued with music degrees from the University of Montana and Arizona State University, ongoing studies in organ, and certification from the Choristers Guild Institute. Most recently, she completed a Master of Music Education degree from Gordon College in 2016. Email: [email protected]
Cathy Vaucher, Office Manager
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Bill Durocher: Church Sexton
Amy Weston – Intern
Amy Weston is the field education intern at First Church. She is originally from New Hampshire, where she is currently a UCC member-in-discernment at First Church Congregational UCC in Rochester. Amy’s faith journey has been rich and nourishing, and she has lived the traditions of Catholicism, Buddhism, and Islam on her way towards finding a spiritual home and a call to ministry in the United Church of Christ. Amy sees her multi-faith background as an important part of who she is as a Christian, as is a spiritual life textured by a variety of contemplative and meditative practices—from za-zen seated meditation to the practice of praying the Rosary—and she hopes that this deep spirituality can spark a sense of wonder and magic about God, in herself as well as in others. She cares about nourishing spiritual practice in many forms, healing the injustices of the Church and our world, and welcoming all people into the radical love and extravagant grace of God.
In her professional life, Amy previously worked as an instrumentation engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, where she helped develop microwave detector arrays and cryogenic refrigeration systems for a mission to study the Big Bang. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and in Astronomy from Colby College.
Amy will be with us at First Church until May of 2020, when she will graduate from Harvard Divinity School. She hopes that God’s call for her will lead to a vocation as a congregational minister, ideally in Boston or the North Shore. She currently lives in Cambridge with her fiancée, Abe.