Rev. Tina Walker-Morin

Senior Pastor

Rev. Tina was called to serve First Church Sandwich, UCC in the fall of 2018. Prior to First Church, she served Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC in North Weymouth, MA. While ministering at Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCC she lead the congregational in becoming an Open and Affirming. She also worked extensively with the community on the Substance Abuse Prevent Team, the fight against the Weymouth Compressor Station and with the Weymouth Food Pantry. 

 

In addition to serving the local church during that time Rev. Tina also served as a part-time Chaplain and Development Director for Chaplains on the Way (COTW) in Waltham. COTW is a ministry of spiritual care and support to people who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. This passion of serving those experiencing homelessness continues as Rev. Tina now volunteers with Here Now Ministries in Hyannis. 

Rev. Tina has also had the pleasure of serving at the UCC national setting as a delegate for the Massachusetts Conference at the General Synod in 2015 and 2017.

A 2015 graduate of Andover Newton Theological School with a Master's in Divinity, Rev. Tina also holds an M.B.A. from Lipscomb University and a M.S.Ed in Sports Management from Old Dominion University. 

In her spare time, Rev. Tina enjoys running with her dog, Charlie and spending time with her wife and being an auntie to her 3 nieces and 2 nephews. Rev. Tina and Tracy reside here on the Cape in Forestdale. 

mail to: revtina@firstchurchsandwich.org

Roy Gernhardt

Director of Music Ministries

Roy was classically trained as a flautist, but plays many musical instruments in his ministry of music. With 15 years of previous experience in music ministry or as pastor of worship with  the Vineyard Association of Churches, Roy believes that music “lifts up our hearts” and is the “expression of praise to the Glory of God.” His philosophy is that “the theology the church remembers is the theology that the church sings.”

 

Mail to: roygern@firstchurchsandwich.org

Jennifer Fagnant

Administrative Manager

Jennie is an avid outdoors woman who loves boating, hiking and camping (or anything outdoors). She is married to Rich, her high school sweet heart, and has 3 children. She received her BA in English, Writing and Literature from Plymouth State College. Prior to coming to First Church she worked as an office manager and sales agent in a local real estate office for 20 years.  Jennie is a life-long resident of Sandwich, and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the church and its wonderful members, who have become a great source of strength for her over the last few years. 

 

Mail to: sanducc@firstchurchsandwich.org

Anniemarie McGrath

Lead Teacher of Joyful Noise Preschool

Annemarie McGrath enters her second year at Joyful Noise as the Lead Teacher for the T/TH class and co-teacher of the M/W/F class.   Annemarie has twenty (21) years of early childhood experience; (14) years as Lead Teacher at Sandwich Schoolhouse Preschool. Annemarie received her BS in Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State College and is Lead Teacher qualified by the MA Department of Early Education & Care.   Annemarie’s strengths include intuitiveness, warmth, organization and many years of curriculum planning and experience in the preschool setting.  She is a mother of two grown children and resides in Sandwich with her husband.

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Rev. Jennie Valentine

Minister of Faith Formation and Service

Rev. Jennie has always loved working children, mostly because she is a child-at-heart! She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Framingham State College in 1991 and a Master's of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 2011.  She went to seminary with the intent to serve children and youth as ordained clergy.  Life’s twists and turns carried Jennie through several pastorates in New Hampshire and Massachusetts churches.  God has returned her full-circle to serve children and youth as ordained clergy at First Church, the church that affirmed and supported her Calling and has always held her heart.   

 

Jennie’s personal ministry is summarized as “speaking for justice, peace, and the environment.” She is passionate about peace and love, and how we live them out everywhere.  Her ministry is that of education and advocacy for all three.  She has experience in coordinating church school, youth projects and trips, intergenerational service trips, and faith formation programs for all ages.   Her social justice work aims to help bring a just world for all.  

 

Rev. Jennie spends her free time walking/hiking, caring for her 7 chickens, knitting (which she learned in First Church's Shawl Ministry!), and floating in “her” pond.  She lives in Forestdale with her husband of 30 years, Paul, and the cutest dog in the world, Pikku.  They have two adult children, Chelsey (married to Devin) and Sam, and an 11 month old granddaughter, Daisy.  

revjennieval@firstchurchsandwich.org

Terri B. Lippman

Director of Joyful Noise Preschool

Terri B. Lippman enters her ninth year at Joyful Noise. Terri is the Program Director as well as Lead Teacher for the M/W/F class and co-teacher of the T/Th class. Terri has a B.A. in Education from UMass, Amherst and her Massachusetts Teaching Certificate (PreK-6) as well as a M.A. from Lesley College in Curriculum and Instruction with a Specialization in Special Needs (N-9). Terri has twenty-two (22) years of relevant experience; and before joining Joyful Noise served as preschool teacher and curriculum coordinator for Fair Acres Country Day School, Marstons Mills. Terri serves as the co-chair for the Sandwich Partnership for Families. She is the mother of two grown children and resides in Mashpee with her husband and dog.

 

Kathy Gernhardt

Organist/Accompanist

In October 2016, Kathy Jo Gernhardt became the Organist/Pianist for First Church Sandwich.  With over six years as the Worship Director at Beechwood Congregation Church in Cohasset and as the interim Music Leader at Harbor United Methodist in Scituate, Kathy is thankful to have the opportunity to once again attend church and be involved in music ministry with her husband, Roy Gernhardt.  Kathy is always eager to worship God and simply loves to bring people into the presence of God, which she has done as a worship leader for almost twenty years.  Her passion is to serve and to draw people closer to God, encouraging them to become more whole individuals in community with each other. Roy and Kathy have two children, Isaiah (A sophomore at Rhode Island School of Design) and Hannah (A high school junior).  She enjoys spending time with family, friends, pets, listening to books, music and podcasts, surfing the web, doing art once in a blue moon, going to libraries and imagining she is the type of person who will one day exercise or do yard work.  In the real world, she works full-time for the IT Department at Diesel Direct in Stoughton, MA and is thankful for God’s provisions and faithfulness to her.  At First Church, she is looking forward to getting back into classical music, working with her hubby, playing in a band, growing in her musical skills, mastering the church’s 1850’s organ and becoming part of the First Church Sandwich community.

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 First Church Sandwich, UCC

 136 Main St.

 PO Box 810

 Sandwich, MA 02563

 508-888-0434

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