First Church in Jaffrey is blessed with a wide variety of spiritual heritages, experiences, and expertise and we are blessed to have leadership that bring a broad diversity of theology, practice and gifts.
Rev. David K. Felton is First Church’s interim minister for the next year. David comes to us from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where he was the conference minister and became close friends with his successor, the Rev. Gordon Rankin, who is now the NHUCC Conference minister.
David has served as minister to congregations in Rutland, VT; Henderson, CO; Anthony, KS; and Indianapolis, IN. He has been a chaplain in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, and has taught world religions and the history of religion at the college level for eight years. David has been a conference minister for more than 30 years in UCC state and regional conference headquarters based in St. Louis, MO; Austin, TX; Syracuse, NY; Buffalo, NY; and Sioux Falls, SD. David is now a member of Bridger UCC on the Lakota Nation’s Cheyenne River Reservation in Bridger, SD. His education includes a BA from Kansas State University, a BD from the Oberlin Graduate School of Theology, Advanced CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) from Houston’s Institute of Religion and Human Development, and a D.Min. (Doctorate in Ministry) degree from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.
Minister of Music
Gene brings his experience with teaching music and his expertise on the organ, piano, and harpsichord. He leads the choir as well as organizes special musical worship and other church events. Gene is also an accomplished recorder player.
Judy brings her corporate experience. Working with our pastor and music minister, she creates the worship bulletins, sends out e-blasts, and monitors phone calls and church email. Working with our treasurer, she maintains the QuickBooks database and generates financial reports. Working with the communications team, she creates, prints, and distributes the church newsletter.
The lay leadership of First Church are its elected officers:
Moderator: Carol Hess
Clerk: Sylvia Hamilton
Treasurer: Janet Grant
and the organization of circles (similar to committees) that do the work of the church.