Minister of Visitation
Minister of Music
Minister of Youth & Families
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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. Alex Shea Will is a pastor, teacher, and ministry entrepreneur. Through his ministry, Alex attempts to bring the hopeful message of the Gospel to not only those who have a faith background, but also those who wonder if the Church has anything left to offer. Having discerned a call to ordained ministry by way of a Roman Catholic upbringing, a PCUSA summer camp, Evangelical young adult ministry, a traveling Gospel choir, and UCC campus ministry, Alex is adept at crafting diverse worship experiences for congregations of all sizes.
Jennifer Murray (she/her/hers) has served South Church in various capacities since September 2014. She currently serves as Minister for Youth and Families, which means she cares for and provides programming for children and families from infancy through young adulthood. Jenn attended Saint Anselm College, earning her degree in English. Shortly after joining the South Church staff, Jenn began attending seminary at Andover Newton Theological School where she received her Master of Divinity degree. In her free time, Jenn loves reading, hiking, seeing live music and having good conversations over a cup of coffee. Jenn lives in Dover, NH with her fiancé, Ryan, and her dog, Cooper.
Minister of Music
Director of Youth Choirs (grades K-2)
Director of Youth Choirs (grades 3-12)
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.
Jordan Jones (she/they) is a Lowell-based vocalist, arranger, and educator. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Studies from UMass Lowell, where they are currently completing an M.M. in Music Education. Prior to South Church, Jordan directed an undergraduate all-female identified a cappella group, and continues to teach private voice. Throughout her career, Jordan has built a personal musical philosophy that lies on a foundation of equity, and uses music as a vehicle for finding and celebrating individual identity.
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