Sherry was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, the oldest of 6 children. She graduated from the University of Nebraska as a French horn major with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. She married Philip Tupper from Wilmington, MA, moved to Andover and is the mother of 2 children and grandmother of 3.
Sherry taught music for 11 years before moving to Montreal with her family. While in Montreal, she served as a pastoral assistant at the Beaconsfield United Church of Canada, Beaconsfield, Quebec. Upon her return to Andover, she was invited to join the pastoral team at South Church where she served 18 years at Director of Outreach Ministries before retiring. Her responsibilities included warming up the hand of fellowship, tracking visitors and leading the Inquirer’s classes for new members.
In 2009 Sherry became a widow after 42 years of marriage. In 2010 she was invited out of retirement by the Senior Pastor to join the pastoral team where she presently serves as Minister of Visitation.
Sherry has held a wide variety of positions in the church including, Senior Deacon, Superintendent of the Church School, and Director of the Children’s Choir. Presently, she knits for the Prayer Shawl Ministry, sings with the Sanctuary Choir, leads a women’s Bible Study and coordinates “Prayer Partners” – South Church’s Intercessory Prayer Group.
Outside interests include Gordon College in Wenham, MA where she serves on the Council of 125, president of the Board of The Salzburg Institute of Religion, Culture and the Arts (a 6 week summer school program in Salzburg and Vienna for college students), alpine skiing, kayaking, sailing, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and international travel.