Pastor: The Reverend Lisa Stedman
I am pleased to be serving the Deerfield Community Church, UCC in Deerfield NH as Interim Pastor, as of Jan. 28, 2019!
My greatest joys in ministry are encouraging all people to know that they are God’s beloved children, and sharing thanks and praise to God in worship. As a life-long United Church of Christ member, I deeply appreciate the community, service, and justice emphases we share as a church and denomination. I also love just hanging out with folks of all and every age, and talking or playing and even praying together!
I am committed to helping churches in pastoral transition as they seek to engage an increasingly secular society while continuing our long history of deeply faithful worship, of service to community and world, and of nurturing spiritual growth in folks of all ages. As our world and culture change, I strongly believe that the church must also change to ensure that people feel welcomed, affirmed, and cared for, just as they are. It is a privilege to work with churches in this process.
My love for God and church began as a child, waned in my teenage & college years, and came back as a great surprise to me as a young adult. I have served as a pastor, interim pastor, and non-profit social justice program director in Massachusetts and New Hampshire during my 35 years in ministry. I hold an undergraduate degree from The College of Wooster (Ohio) in Philosophy and Economics, and a Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School (CT).
I live in Danvers, Mass. with my spouse of 34 years, Johanna (“Jo”) Hattendorf, a former UCC pastor, whose ministry now takes the form of multidimensional healing and teaching, with a specialization in helping those recovering trauma. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, vacationing in our beloved Adirondack mountains, reading, biking, and playing/cuddling with our dear companion animals – currently Toby the dog and a cat named Grayson.
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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