Rev. Tom O'Brien
Pastor and Teacher
Pastor Tom has been with us since 2010. Originally from New York, Tom came to Massachusetts in 1996 to be with his love, Rachel, whom he married in 2001. After their first child was born, the family discovered the United Church of Christ and Tom heard a call to the ministry. He seeks to help others recognize the awesome hope in the good news of Jesus Christ. Contact Pastor Tom at pastor [at] MCCsudbury [dot] org.
Minister of 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 is currently completing her Master of Arts in Music and Music Education at Columbia University, where her work focuses on choral conducting and how connection and authenticity in sacred and secular music pedagogy can promote both excellence and social justice.
Interim Minister of Youth and Families
Christine is currently working towards her Master of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology. She has experience in Children and Youth ministries as a volunteer at Faith Presbyterian Church in Illinois and as a member of the church staff at First Presbyterian Church of Evanston, IL and the Rockville Presbyterian Church in Maryland. In her role as Interim Minister, Christine works with the Faith Exploration Ministry to develop and implement the Faith Exploration (Sunday School) curriculum. She also supervises the nursery and works with Pastor Tom and Rachel Williams to integrate our children and youth into all of MCC’s ministry and invite them on our journey of acceptance, connection, meaning, and purpose.
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 currently lives in Sudbury and enjoys visiting her adult children in the many different states where they live.
Youth Group leader
Stephanie has a deep passion for helping youth learn about their faith. She has spent most of her life working with children; working as a nanny for over 12 years and as a camp director for a theatre summer camp. Steph has worked with Sunday School children as well as Youth Groups and Confirmation classes. She volunteered as Sunday School teacher and Superintendent at her former church prior to being hired as Acting Director of Christian Education and Youth Leader. She is certified by the United Church of Christ as a Christian Educator and a member of the Association of United Church Educators. Stephanie is a wife to Steve and mother of three beautiful children who are active in church, laughing and excited to learn something new. She is a photographer as well as an avid DIY crafter and loves to introduce new projects and methods into her Sunday School classes, creating a fresh and fun learning environment. Contact Steph at Stephanie [at] MCCsudbury [dot] org
Lena has been our nursery attendant since April of 2015. She is available for child care on Sunday mornings before and during service. Born in Ukraine, Lena lived in London with her husband, a native Bostonian, until moving to Sudbury five years ago. She has an engineering and teaching degree, and has worked in the fashion industry for the past 20 years as a custom designer and tailor. Lena and her husband are raising a 3-year-old daughter who attends the Sudbury Coop Preschool. “Being a full-time mom now, and enjoying playdates and kids’ activities, I realize that spending time with children gives me so much joy and happiness. I believe that I can be helpful to the MCC and am happy to join a great team.”
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.