OUR STAFF

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Kurt A. Walker

Telephone: (401) 722-7934

or (401) 723-1255

E-mail: kurtawalker@gmail.com

Pastor, Teacher & Preacher

I’m blessed and humbled to serve the people of Chapel Street Congregational Church as the settled preacher and teacher of Chapel Street.  As native of Bridgewater, MA, me and my twins, Benjamin and Madeleine, are thrilled to be back in Southern New England where we are surrounded by family and friends, and I’m eager to make new friends in our new spiritual home.  Oh, and I’m looking forward to being able to watch the Sox whenever I get the opportunity and going to the beach and getting some steam’ahs and ‘hogs.

I’m a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School at Yale Divinity School, where I received a Master of Divinity degree in 2010.  I grew up in Bridgewater, Massachusetts.  I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology degree from Bridgewater State University in 1993.  I’ve been a singer since I was in the Central Square Congregational Church choir at the age of five.  Since then, I’ve traveled all over North America, Europe and Russia singing in chamber groups and as a member of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  I’ve soloed for several community groups in Massachusetts, and I recorded albums with the Boston POPS, James Taylor, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  I have a passion for the Red Sox that can become a bit obsessive.  I’ve come to realize that baseball serves as a wonderful metaphor for life and theology.

Throughout my life, I have served as a camp counselor, a summer security guard at the beach, a residential adolescent psych counselor, a chaplain, a lead singer in a band, a network administrator for the cardiovascular department at Children’s Hospital, the president of an international support group for a rare birth defect called Prune Belly Syndrome, and a crisis management coordinator at a software company.  I even know how to cook thanks to some of those early jobs.  All of this experience, in one way or another, has led me to become an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

What I want you to know more than anything else is that no matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome at Chapel Street.  You are not alone in your struggles.  Our promise is to love God with everything we’ve got, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.  We recognize that we are called by God to be the living, breathing body of Christ in the world today, and we strive everyday to investigate and explore what it is that God calls us to do and how it is that God calls us to do it.

If you have any questions, just want to chat about your faith journey, our church, or talk through a struggle with someone who is outside your circle of supportive family and friends, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me via email at: kurtawalker@gmail.com.  You can also reach me through the church office at 401.722.7934.

 

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Kurt


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Othniel Clarke

Telephone: (401) 722-7934

or (401) 723-1255

E-mail: chapelstreetucc@gmail.com

Minister of Music

We have been blessed to have Othniel join us as our Minister of Music in January 2016. Othniel grew up in Boston and graduated from Boston English High School. He then went on to pursue his love of music at Barrington College, where he received his Bachelors of Music Degree, and then got his masters degree at Providence College. Othniel has shared his talents in several other churches before coming to us. He has been married to his wife Peggy for 37 years and he has four children, 2 boys and 2 girls, and three grandchildren. He enjoys playing tennis, pool and table tennis and likes model trains and working with stained glass.

 

 


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Beverly Faria

Telephone: (401) 722-7934

or (401) 723-1255

E-mail:   chapelstreetucc@gmail.com

Office Administrator

Bev started working at the former Sayles Memorial Church in November 2007 as an administrative assistant. When Sayles Memorial merged with Pawtucket Congregational Church in December 2009, she became the administrator for Chapel Street.  She has a Master's Degree in special Education and spent almost 20 years teaching before leaving the field to spend more time with her two children.

 


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Denise Inman

Telephone: (401) 722-7934

or (401) 723-1255

E-mail:csccchristianed@gmail.com

Director of Christian Education

Denise was a librarian for more than 30 years before she became our Sunday School Superintendent.  She worked with children and youth in many capacities from Preschool Storytime to Young Adult Librarian.  She schedules and supervises the Sunday School teachers and coordinates the programs for children and youth at the church.

Denise graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Physics and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Rhode Island. She is married to Keith and they have one adult son, Ezekiel.  They are all members here at Chapel Street Congregational Church.

 


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Victor LaPerche, Jr

Telephone: (401) 722-7934

or (401) 723-1255

E-mail: chapelstreetucc@gmail.com

Church Sexton

Vic has been a lifelong member of the church with his parents, Lillian & Victor, joining in the 1950’s.  Over the years Vic has been a Choir member, Church school teacher, Youth Fellowship Leader and member of the Diaconate.  He started working as the church Sexton at the age of sixteen and through three separate periods of employment has accumulated a history of over 25 years of cleaning the building and grounds of our beloved institution.  Along with taking care of the church, Vic’s profession is a senior associate with the architectural firm Saccoccio & Associates whom he has also been with for a long period of time, over 30 years.  He lives in Attleboro with his wife, Laura, daughter, Victoria and son, Andrew.