Staff and Leadership
The Rev. Hannah Brown, Pastor
Hannah believes that the church is profoundly important today. As we follow Jesus, we discover opportunities to transform ourselves and the world around us, becoming liberated for more just, peaceful, and joyful lives. This is an ancient and powerful way that we make new each day. Hannah received her M.Div from Union Theological Seminary (NYC), is ordained in the United Church of Christ, and has served as pastor at West Concord Union Church since September 2009.
James Barkovic, Minister of Music
Jim enthusiastically welcomes musicians of all ages and abilities to participate in the musical life of the church. He is an accomplished church musician and choral, vocal and instrumental accompanist who also serves as director of music at Holy Family Parish, a Roman Catholic congregation across town. Jim is also the artistic director of the Westford Chorus, the assistant director and accompanist for the Spectrum Singers, the chapel organist at Middlesex School, and a faculty accompanist at the Indian Hill Music Center.
Jessica Torgerson, Director of Children’s Ministries and
Multiage Sunday School Teacher, grades 1-3
Jessica is passionate about developing strong faith community/home connections and documenting children’s learning and experiences to share with parents, the wider congregation, and beyond. She earned her Master’s in Teaching Early Education from Tufts University and has since been building her teaching experience in a variety of preschool settings. She joined the staff of WCUC in January 2013 and is constantly inspired and energized by the children’s insights and wisdom.
Joyce DeGreeff, Youth Director, grades 7-12
Joyce is the church’s part-time youth director for grades 6-12. As the mother of four children and a part-time university chaplain, she is uniquely equipped to respond to the spiritual needs and questions of adolescents and young adults. With a passion for engaging faith in the world around us, Joyce organizes service opportunities, field trips, and other faith formation activities that invite young people to contemplate Jesus’ teachings of radical hospitality and love for all people.
Melissa Tustin, Sunday Fellowship Director and Middler Teacher, grades 4-6
Melissa Tustin is a passionate believer in the healing power of inclusive community. She is also a mother of three, an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and an ultimate Frisbee player. At WCUC, she teaches the Middler Sunday School class for children in grades 4-6, and works with Sunday Fellowship, a ministry of worship and friendship for people of all abilities.
Lisa Frisby, Preschool/Kindergarten Teacher
Kelly Hillman, Nursery Caregiver
Kelly cares for babies and young children in the Nursery each Sunday, providing a safe, nurturing environment with age appropriate toys and activities. Since the Nursery is often our children’s first introduction to our church community, Kelly feels that it is very important to make them and their families feel welcome and comfortable.
Susan Davies, Junior Choir Director
Susan is thrilled to be working with the young people at WCUC. She studied Vocal Performance at Ithica College and spent a year in Vienna, Austria, studying voice and teaching early childhood music. Now she teaches private voice and piano lessons to musicians of all ages as well as early childhood music.
Judy Rosenbaum, Church Administrator
Judy has served as church administrator since August 2008. She manages the office, produces bulletins and newsletters, and coordinates and schedules the use of church spaces by members of the congregation and outside groups.
Bob Hawk, Sexton
Bob cleans and maintains our beautiful building, allowing us to offer a hospitable welcome to visitors and community groups.
Our congregation is guided by our Leadership Council, Discipleship Ministry, Worship & Welcome Ministry, Stewardship Ministry, and many teams and task forces. These groups work faithfully to support and engage the whole congregation.