South Church has an Advocacy Panel who are available to receive any concerns, complaints, or allegations regarding misconduct, harassment, or abuse of any type. The Panel consists of two trained church members – Donna Schroeder and Eric Stubenhaus – who will treat every concern with seriousness, respect, and confidentiality. In order to contact the Advocacy Panel, you can email the panel here.
Rev. Dana Allen Walsh (she/her/hers) is a pastor & teacher and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. On March 23rd, 2014, South Church unanimously affirmed her call to be the 18th Senior Pastor and first female to hold this role in the church’s 300 year history. Prior to Andover, Dana served for eight years as Minister of Hancock United Church of Christ on the historic battle green of Lexington. She earned a Masters of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington. Dana was raised in Trumbull, CT where her spiritual journey began with the Catholic Church until she felt a sense of call to ministry through UCC youth service trips.
Rev. Genevieve Hosterman (she/her/hers), a native of Pennsylvania, graduated with her Master’s of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2020. She is a recently ordained minister through Central Association of Penn Central Conference, and received a B.A. from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania in Communication, focusing in public discourse and performance, with a minor in Psychology, focusing in counseling skills.
Cathy Meyer (she/her/hers) works in the Boston area as a full-time musician: performing at the organ and piano, conducting, teaching, and coaching musicians of all levels and ages. With a passion for bringing people of all walks of life together, Meyer is the Musical Director for the interfaith One Spirit Foundation and conducts the jazz ensemble in their Prayers Beyond Boundaries program. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance with a Specialization in Church Music from the University of North Texas and a Master of Sacred Music from Boston University’s School of Theology with a concentration in organ. She is active with the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, serving on the Executive Committee and teaching with the Young Organist Initiative. Meyer is also a Reiki Master Teacher and energy worker, working with several modalities including sound healing.
Michaela Barczak (she/her/hers) is a teaching artist and choral conductor who is thrilled to be joining the South Church community! She is a graduate of Muhlenberg College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Music, with concentrations in directing and choral conducting. After graduating in 2019, she spent a year in Kentucky as the Learning & Creative Engagement Apprentice at Actors Theatre of Louisville. She also taught private voice and piano lessons at Kentucky Arts Academy, which she quickly adapted to a virtual platform with the rise of Covid-19. Originally from Haverhill, Massachusetts, Michaela is excited to be back home working as an Assistant Teacher at a local Montessori School. She believes that the arts can be used to help students learn about themselves and the world around them by embracing creativity and diversity.
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