Pastor: The Reverend Kurt Walker
Pastor Kurt’s passion for ministry resides in his deeply held belief that all people are precious and worthy in God’s sight. He also holds a firm belief that God’s people, namely the church, are called to partner with God to bring about God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven.” He believes this is can best be accomplished when God’s people come to realize that we are, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “the living, breathing body of Christ in the world today.” He loves extemporaneous prayer and having the honor and privilege of being a non-anxious pastoral presence in the lives of those he has been called by God to serve through God’s church.
Pastor Kurt graduated from Bridgewater State University (B.S. in Psychology), and Andover Newton Theological School (M. Div.) with a concentration in Interfaith dialogue and Worship and the Arts. He currently serves on the Alumni Board of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. He was selected to participate in the founding cohort of the Chautauqua Clergy Leadership Program (2014-2016), having the privilege of honing his skills as a public theologian and social gospel preacher at the feet of some of the country’s greatest theologians and activists.
He previously served God through God’s people as the first Settled Pastor of Chapel Street Congregational Church (founded in 2012) in Lincoln, Rhode Island since January of 2016. During his time in Rhode Island, he successfully led the initiative to make the then Rhode Island Conference Open and Affirming and successfully led the initiative to require Racial Justice Training for all UCC clergy in the Rhode Island Conference and Association, every three years. He also served as the Director of the Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island, partnering with over 150 clergy of various faith traditions, as well as other faith-based non-profits, to work on state legislation initiatives including gun safety, criminal justice reform, and abortion rights. Pastor Kurt also served as a member of the Coordinating Committee for the Rhode Island Chapter of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Board of Directors and Executive Council of the Rhode Island State Council of Churches, and was a member of the Rhode Island Association’s Committee on Ministry for the United Church of Christ. He was trained as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line (crisistextline.org) and served as a per diem Hospice Chaplain with @Home Healthcare based out of Exeter, Rhode Island.
Prior to serving in Rhode Island, Pastor Kurt served God through God’s people at Faith United Church of Christ in Indianapolis, Indiana from 2010 through 2015. During that time, he served on the Committee on Ministry for the Southeast Association of the Indiana/Kentucky Conference of the United Church of Christ, helping to establish a Multiple Paths to Ministry curriculum for individuals who felt Called to ordained Christian ministry but who could afford the cost of going to seminary and obtaining an M.Div.
Pastor Kurt has been asked to be the Student Pastor (2008) and the Pastor of the Week (2016) on Star Island. Pastor Kurt was honored to have been a contributing author to the Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette’s book, “Bless This Mess.”
Prior to ordained ministry, he worked as a Residential Psych. Counselor for Adolescents in crisis, and he worked for eleven years as a Network Administrator for the Cardiovascular Department at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Pastor Kurt has enjoyed singing most of his life, having started in the Children’s Choir in church (Central Square Congregational, Bridgewater, MA) which culminated when he was a lead tenor of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (house chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) for eleven years, having performed in Boston’s Symphony Hall, several engagements in Carnegie Hall, and concert halls throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. He was blessed to have sung background vocals on James Taylor’s album, “One Man Band.” He still enjoys singing in church. He wishes the Red Sox could play year-round, loves to read, cook, and play games. Yes, it’s true, he dresses for comfort, which includes Hawaiian shirts.
He has young adult twins, Madeleine, and Benjamin (2001) from a previous marriage and enjoys spending as much time as he can with his life partner and companion in ministry, Jessica Allen.
Andy Inzenga brings great talent, energy, and humor to his role as Music Director at DCC. Since 2011, he has directed our Chancel Choir and served as worship pianist extraordinaire. In addition to his work at DCC, Andy is on the music staff at the Cooperative Middle School for Exeter, Stratham, and surrounding towns. Andy received his education at UNH, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education before going on to receive his Ph.D. in Education in 2000. Comfortable with a variety of musical styles, Andy’s repertoire includes traditional hymns, classical pieces, jazz, rock, and folk. Fun fact: Andy once toured the Northeast as part of Merseyside, a Beatles tribute band.
Walt Kutylowski is the other half of DCC’s musical leadership. He directs Jubilee, an informal ensemble with folk, gospel, and rock undercurrents, while also playing guitar and spearheading duets and trios singing during worship. Walt is founding member of the Deerfield Coffeehouse Band, half of the singing/songwriting duo known as Fat Hands, and member of the bluegrass group Cordwood. Walt has two grown sons, lives in Deerfield, works in printing in Concord, and pursues photography and art as additional outlets for his creativity.
Children’s Worship Leader: Jennifer Hurley
Church members and friends serve in a variety of ways, as indicated on the following list. Our system of governance is “bottom-up,” operating much like a democracy, with members of the local church making Spirit-led decisions about how to best live out our mission. Since our church is governed by the people, nominated candidates are voted on by members at the Annual Meeting, which takes place on the fourth Sunday of January.
Moderator: Tony Fusco
Clerk: Jocelyn Messier
Treasurer: Jackie Nyberg
Assistant Treasurer: Carol Tordoff
Worship: Tim Griffin
Discipling: Judy Bush
Reaching Out: Claudia Rocca
Stewardship: Brad Owens
Trustees: Sarah Lion, Tom Foulkes, Ann Scholz
Representative Council: Alice Carbonneau, Greg Colpitts, Pam Hayes, Mary Higgins, Jill Mailhoit, Linda “Biggie” Maxwell, Joyce Pelletier, Mary Spindel, Jackie Deering, Lynn Garland, Paul Langlois, Sam White
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