Rev. Tom O'Brien
Senior Pastor and Teacher
Pastor Tom (he/him) has been with us since 2010. Originally from New York, Tom moved to Massachusetts in 1996 to be with his love, Rachel, whom he married in 2001. Raised Roman Catholic, they discovered the United Church of Christ after their first child was born. After a short time attending worship services, Tom heard a call to the ministry and entered Andover Newton Theological School where he received a Master of Divinity with a focus on Worship, Theology, and the Arts. He seeks to help others recognize the awesome hope in the good news of Jesus Christ and to follow in Christ's footsteps, working towards a radically inclusive world that mirrors God's love for all Creation "on Earth as in Heaven." Contact Pastor Tom at pastor [at] MCCsudbury [dot] org.
Minister of Music and Director of Youth Music
Rachel Williams joined Memorial Congregational Church as Youth Music Minister in 2017 and is excited to begin work as a full time Minister of Music in 2021. An accomplished pianist, vocalist, orchestral musician, academic, and teacher, she has a passion for helping people of all ages reach their full human and spiritual potential through musical experiences. Rachel received her B.A. from Boston College, led her first sacred choir at Oxford University, and has performed or studied with inspiring and renowned musicians of many diverse genres, from places such as Harvard University and Berklee to the Open Center of New York City. She completed her Master of Arts in Music and Music Education at Columbia University, where her work focused on choral conducting and how connection and authenticity in sacred and secular music pedagogy can promote both excellence and social justice.
Rev. Dr. Marcus Hill
Pastor of Youth and Families
A native of Los. Angeles, CA, Dr. Hill has served in multiple ministry positions across the country as an interdenominational minister, including the youth director at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California, Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration, Florida, Dean of Spiritual Life at Los Altos Christian Schools, and the Next Generation Pastor at Free Christian Church in Andover, Massachusetts. Pastor Marcus loves Jesus and enjoys teaching kids, adults, and families about Jesus! He would describe his passion for ministry as a calling and first love. When Pastor Marcus is not studying, he enjoys traveling, fitness, and grabbing a bite to eat at almost every Mexican restaurant between here and Mexico! As a first-generation student, Dr. Hill holds a Master of Divinity from Azusa Pacific Seminary, a Master of Higher Education from Boston University, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Dr. Hill is an Ordained Missionary Baptist Minister and currently serves as the Assistant Chaplain to Protestant Students and Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC) at College of the Holy Cross with faculty status.
Director of the Senior Choir and Worship Accompanist
A native of Rutland, MA, Sam grew up singing in a handful of church choirs in Worcester before enrolling in the St. Thomas Choir School in New York City at the age of 10. He attributes his passion for liturgical music to the 4 years he spent singing 5 weekly church services at St. Thomas under the direction of Dr. John Scott. Later on, during his first year at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Sam started studying organ with a handful of organists through local Churches and an AGO Pipe Organ Encounter. Sam recently graduated from St. Olaf College with a B. M. in Church Music and Organ Performance and has most recently been living in Atlanta, working as an Organ Scholar and Minister of Music at Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church respectively. When Sam is away from the organ bench, he can often be found going for long runs and hikes.
Ann has been the heartbeat of MCC since 2001. She organizes building usage, publishes church communication, supports the staff and does so much more. A native of the UK, Ann has lived in Sudbury for many years. She enjoys being a part of the Sudbury Garden Club, returning home to the UK (especially for golf at St. Andrew's), and spending time with her grandchildren in the many different states where they live.
Charlotte has been attending MCC since she was 6 years old and joined the staff as nursery attendant in September 2023. Pursuing her dream of being a kindergarten teacher, Charlotte is currently working towards a degree in Early Childhood Education. When she's not doing schoolwork, she's working in ChildWatch at the YMCA, babysitting, or taking photos for her photography business. Charlotte loves all things creative; from doing art, to singing, to any sort of craft. Working with children is her passion and she couldn't be more excited about getting to continue this at MCC!
Director of the Sudbury Bell Ringers
Diane has been the Director of the Sudbury Bell Ringers since 2012. She currently performs throughout New England with the Merrimack Valley Ringers and directs three other handbell choirs. As an experienced clinician, she travels throughout New England teaching the skills of handbell ringing. She is happy to be back at MCC where she first learned to ring under our former director, the esteemed Betty Drum.