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Photo of Ken Baily courtesy of Carbonaro Photography The Reverend Dr. Kenneth Baily, Senior Pastor, was called to NHCC in the spring of 2002. He grew up in Pennsylvania and Maine, attended college at Vassar, divinity school at Yale, and completed his master's in public administration at Harvard. In May of 2006 he was awarded his Doctor of Ministry by Hartford Seminary; his dissertation focuses on types of congregational leadership. Early part-time work as a carpenter and lobsterman has influenced the way that he has served churches in Maine (Yarmouth), Massachusetts (South Hadley), and Connecticut (West Hartford). Earlier, he served as a legislative aide, speechwriter, and lobbyist in Maine. Baily's post-graduate work has focused on counseling, healing, and in particular on conflict resolution. He was awarded the Mersick Prize for excellence in preaching by Yale University. He has traveled (and especially eaten!) on several continents and holds particular commitments to mission, stewardship, Bible study, and youth activities. Click here to read some of his sermons.

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Picture of Wendy Wendy Donnell, Director of Christian Education, came to NHCC in 2010 already an experienced CE leader with twelve years of church work in her background. She is a Davis Scholar graduate of Wellesley College (Religion) as well as of Mass Bay Community College and has taken graduate courses at Andover Newton Theological School. She has developed a great deal of her own curriculum over the years. In addition to organizing our growing Church School program and implementing special events, she supervises our nursery staff, Church School teachers, and middle and high school leaders.

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Matt Donnell, teacher for age 5 through kindergarten, is a 2018 graduate of St. Joseph's College of Maine, where he studied Exercise Science and was captain of the Lacrosse team.  He works at Beth Israel Hospital in the Orthopedic Technology Department.Top of page  Matthew also likes to snow board and play hockey.

Mimi Briggs, teacher for first through third grades, is a senior at Boston University studying neuroscience.  She is passionate about teaching and medicine, and her dream job is to work at a teaching hospital. In her free time, she likes to paint, draw, and write.

Abby Evancho, teacher for third and fourth grades, is a junior at Boston University studying biology with a specialization in cellular/molecular biology and genetics. She spent her past two summers as a mentor for high school students and has volunteered at summer programs for children as well as shelters for women and children in need.

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Megan Dillon, teacher for middle and high school, is a senior at Boston University studying Elementary Education. She  grew up in Amherst, New Hampshire where she was an active member of the middle and senior high church youth groups. She is happy to be back teaching at NHCC for her second year.

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Sarah Eberly, Church Administrator, takes care of most of the day-to-day operation of the church.  Office hours most of the year are Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 1 PM.  Late June through Labor Day hours are the same but only Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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Picture of LyndLynd Matt, Music Director, has been the director of the NHCC choir since 1999.  Before that, he was a member of various church choirs in the area including those at Old South Church in Boston (UCC) and Marsh Chapel at Boston University.  Currently, he sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and has sung with The Seraphim Singers.  Before coming to Boston, he was assistant minister of music at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport.  Lynd Matt received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Christian Education and the Bachelor of Music degree in Sacred Music from Centenary College of Louisiana.  While at Centenary, he was a member of the world renowned Centenary College Choir and the Camerata singers. He also holds the Master of Sacred Music degree from Boston University, where he was a member of the Boston University Symphonic and Chamber Choruses.

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Yevgenia Semeina, Organist, has served as a church musician for much of her life.  She began piano lessons at age 5 and organ lessons two years later.  From 1993 to 2000, she studied in the St. Petersburg (Russia) Conservatory special music school.  In 2002 she received her Master of Music degree (with distinction) in organ performance from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, where she studied with Peter Sykes.  In 2005 she completed a post-graduate program at the Moscow State Conservatory, studying with Prof. Gureeva.  Yevgenia has given solo concerts in numerous European countries as well as in the U.S. and is the winner of several international competitions.

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Steve Willner, Webmaster, tries to keep this web site up to date and make it helpful to visitors, members, and those who are just looking around.  He welcomes suggestions (and especially welcomes machine-readable content for the site!).

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As a Congregational church, much of the work of NHCC is done by its members, led in part by several committees.  Committee membership for the year beginning 2019 July is here.

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