Staff

The Rev. Laura Everett

Executive Director

The Rev. Meagan Manas

Director of Internal Relationships

The Rev. Daryl Lobban

Director of External Relationships

Working Board

Canon Steve Abdow

Steve is the Canon for Mission Resources for the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts. He has served in that position since 2008 after many years working in his family’s local restaurant chain. He is also on the board of the Episcopal Church Building Fund.  He lives with his family in Amherst, MA. He looks forward to a post denominational future for the Church.

Anthony J. Barsamian, Esq.

Managing Partner, Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn & Robinson, LLP. As the firm’s managing partner, Anthony concentrates on making sure all clients of the firm are properly served by both attorneys and staff. He has advised family-owned businesses in areas including business wealth transfer and generational business planning as well as asset protection estate planning and business succession for over 18 years. He has also advised on family estate and trust planning, representing many successful business owners and families in the region. Anthony also strategizes with litigation counsel on litigation issues that impact individuals and business. Recognizing that each client’s situation is unique, Anthony tailors his approach to the client’s needs, and involves specialists with the firm when the need arises to produce the best possible outcome.

Anthony has served on the boards of national non-profit organizations and has spoken on the topic of online dispute resolution throughout the US.

Leonardo Espinoza

Leonardo Espinosa. Musician, visual artist, and educator. He has worked in church settings for more than two decades as a musician, liturgist, teacher, and consultant on Worship and the Arts, and is a Licensed Minister with the American Baptist Churches of MA. Leonardo has served as an adjunct instructor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and currently works professionally in the field of Applied Linguistics. He is a violinist with the New England Philharmonic, and plays in other ensembles and orchestras in Boston.

The Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris

Bishop Harris was consecrated in January 2003, and serves as a suffragan (assisting) bishop alongside the diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates.

She is the past vice chair of the Church Pension Fund Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of Directors of CREDO (a national resource program fostering Episcopal Church clergy leadership and wellness) and the Steering Committee of Bishops Working for a Just World.  She currently serves on the House of Bishops Pastoral Development Committee and the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Church Investment Group.  In the Diocese of Massachusetts she is vice president of Episcopal City Mission, and she is the past president of the Massachusetts Council of Churches.

A native of Cleveland, she was ordained to the priesthood in 1982 in the Diocese of Newark. Prior to her consecration, she served most recently as rector of St. Luke and St. Simon Cyrene Church in Rochester, N.Y., where she was also an adjunct professor at Colgate Rochester Divinity School.

Rev. Jennie Barret Siegal

Jennie Barrett Siegal recently became the Senior Pastor of Old South Union Church after serving for six years as our Associate Pastor. She is a graduate of Vassar College and received her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. Prior to serving at Old South Union Church, she completed her first two years of ordained ministry as a Pastoral Resident at Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA. Jennie is originally from Rochester, NY, where she was born and raised. She grew up in a large United Methodist Church in Rochester, where she first experienced God’s call to the ministry. During the ordination process, however, she found her home in the United Church of Christ.

Jennie hasn’t yet discovered an area of ministry that she doesn’t enjoy. Her particular interests include preaching and worship leadership, Christian faith formation, and intergenerational fellowship and service opportunities. Jennie is eager to connect with church members and visitors to learn more about their stories and to discover how God is at work in their lives. She will gladly invite you to coffee or tea if you would like to chat!
Jennie has been active in the wider life of the United Church of Christ through the Pilgrim Association Church and Ministry Committee, the Commission for Evangelism and Congregational Vitality of the Massachusetts Conference, and the 2030 Clergy Network (a network of UCC clergy in their 20s and 30s).Jennie and her husband Jon have a dog named Vegas, who serves as the official office greeter at the church. Jennie enjoys reading both fiction and nonfiction, and she loves to cook. She and Vegas also enjoy their early-morning walks.

Rev. Dr. Demetrios Tonias, Ph.D

The Rev. Dr. Demetrios E. Tonias is the Dean of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral of New England. Prior to entering seminary, Fr. Tonias was a professional engineer and member of the Adjunct Engineering Faculty of Union College in Schenectady, New York. He is the author of several works on civil engineering, including an award-winning textbook on Bridge Engineering. In 1996, Fr. Tonias left his career as a professional engineer to pursue Holy Orders in the Greek Orthodox Church. He attended Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA where he graduated with the degrees of Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. Fr. Tonias earned his Ph.D. in theology at Boston College where he specialized in Jewish-Christian relations with a focus on the Eastern Christian-Jewish dialogue in general and the early church Jewish-Christian relationship in particular. A book based on his dissertation, Abraham in the Works of John Chrysostom, was published by Fortress Press in March 2014.

Fr. Tonias is involved in a variety of ecumenical and interfaith dialogues where he represents His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios and the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston. He is the author of numerous theological articles and is an adjunct professor at Hellenic College in Brookline, MA.

Rev. Jay Williams

Pastor Jay became Union’s lead minister in September 2012. He is also a PhD candidate in the Study of Religion at Harvard University. He is writing his dissertation on spirit, ecstasy, and identity in African-American thought at the intersections of class, gender, and sexuality. Currently, he’s writing a paper entitled “Sin, Sexuality, Pseudonymity and the Mis-taken identities of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé.”

Jay is a leader in the United Methodist Church, having served widely on a number of denominational and ecumenical agencies; he currently serves on the denomination’s Ministry Study Committee. Jay is a preacher and teacher on issues ranging from genocide in Sudan, where he twice traveled to help liberate modern-day slaves. Jay loves to read (which is good, considering he’s a doctoral student) and working out. He is also a Facebook aficionado (not Twitter) and lifelong fan of the 1980s cartoon “Thundercats”, which has changed his life. And although he proudly hails from Buffalo, New York, Jay despises the snow.

Denominational Representatives

Rev. Fr. Arakel Aljalian
Diocese of the Armenian Church in America (Eastern)

Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Rev. Dr. William Bergmann
The Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts

Rev. Herbert L. Eddy
New England District, African Methodist Episcopal Church

Kathleen M. Kelly
New England Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends

Rev. Mary Day Miller
The American Baptist Churches in Massachusetts

Rev. Dr. Frederick Moser
Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts

Rev. Dr. Rodney Petersen
Presbytery of Boston

Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson
New England Conference, United Methodist Church

Mr. Robert Sarley
Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Dr. Mikel Satcher
The American Baptist Churches in Massachusetts

Rev. Dr. William Showalter
Synod of the Northeast, Presbyterian Church (USA)

Rev. Chad Smith
New England District of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

Rev. John Stendahl
New England Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Rev. Gordon Swan
The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts

Rev. F. Robert Tafel
Massachusetts New Church Union (Swedenborgian)

Rev. Dr. Demetrios E. Tonias
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston

Rev. Dr. Thomas Wintle
Unitarian Universalist Association

Rev. Joe Zarro
Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ

Ecumenical Organizations

Rev. Cristian De La Rosa
Boston University School of Theology

Other
Members

Rev. Joel Anderle
Immediate Past President, Evangelical Covenant Church

Ms. Marilyn Lariviere
Church Women United

Non-Member
Churches

Rev. Edward J. Healy
Diocese of Fall River Ecumenical Officer (Roman Catholic)

Dr. Vito Nicastro, Ph.D.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

Dr. Martin Pion
Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield