Phone: (207) 829-3419 Ext. 4
Allison is happy to serve as the Senior Minister at the Congregational Church in Cumberland, United Church of Christ! She is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in NYC and is originally from North Carolina where she graduated from NCSU. She has served churches in Bethesda, MD and Wilton, ME and most recently as interim pastor in Newcastle, Phippsburg, and Kennebunk. She loves working with congregations who are listening for the Spirit and seeking to live out Jesus’ “extravagant welcome.” She believes worship should be welcoming, engaging, challenging, joyful, and full of hope! Passionate about social justice and change, and our power to make a difference in the world, Allison convened and serves on the Anti-Racism Resource Team for the ME Conference UCC.
She is married to Gregory Greenleaf, a teacher at Greely HS, and they are blessed to have three daughters whose ages range from elementary school to high school. They live in Harpswell with their black lab, Echo, and cat, Firefly. Allison enjoys hiking, gardening, photography, and being near the ocean.
Feel free to reach out--she’d love to meet for a cup of coffee!
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Music Director email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim is an accomplished musician with considerable experience in both organ and piano as well as experience leading youth and adult choirs. Originally from Malaysia, Dr. Nga came to the U.S. after completing two music performance diplomas from the Trinity College of Music, London. At California State University he graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and obtained his Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, California. While in California, Jim served as Church Musician and Director of Music at the First Christian Church in San Mateo for eight years.
Jim obtained his Doctorate in Musical Arts in Piano Performance from Texas Tech University and was an active pianist and instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area before relocating to New England. Most recently, Jim was with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School as a piano instructor. He has been anxious to get back to Maine, which he loves, and to be in music ministry again. Pleasant and unassuming, Jim has lots of ideas about building our music program and its presence as a music ministry. We are very pleased to have Jim on our staff.
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Sue has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in School Administration. Over the course of her professional career in the public schools, she worked as a music teacher, music director and in the last 15 yrs before retirement, she served as an elementary school principal in Walpole, Massachusetts. She learned handbell ringing as a teenager during her summers in Ocean Park, Maine. As the Cumberland Congregational Church UCC Handbell Director, she conducts the choir at rehearsals and performances, chooses music to enhance the worship service, encourages ringers to learn new techniques, attend workshops and perform outside of the church when the opportunity presents. Sue is married to Dan who sometimes serves as a substitute in the Bell Choir. They have 3 adult children and 2 grandchildren.
Sue and her husband live in Ocean Park where she conducts the Temple Bell Choir during the summer months. Sue is the Maine State Chair for Area I Handbell Musicians of America.
Phone: (207) 829-3419 Ext 1
Susan Melcher Novak is a Cumberland native and 1972 Greely graduate. After graduation Susan moved and attended college in Southern California. After 28 years there she moved back to Cumberland in 2004 with her husband Dan and 2 of her 3 children, Hannah and Zakary, Her son Tanner lives in California. In May of 2005, Susan came on staff as the Business Manager and Bookkeeper. In 2009, Susan founded for the church, Main Street Children’s Center, a preschool for children ages 3-5, and is the Director, part-time, as well as the office manager/bookkeeper part-time. When time permits Susan’s passions include being in the out of doors: walking, hiking, swimming and biking. In the fall Susan brought the concept of the StoryBook Walk© to the town and now volunteers with the library changing out the story each month.
Phone: (207) 829-3419
Lalla has been working as Communications Coordinator since 2015, and has been an active member of the congregation since 2001. She has a Bachelor's degree in English and a Masters in Education. Formerly a middle and high school English teacher as well as PF leader, she loves spending time with youth of all ages. Her passions include working with teens through coaching middle school field hockey and lacrosse at Greely and co-facilitating the Our Whole Lives sexuality education program; advocating for the environment as Green Team Coordinator here at church and volunteering for local non-profits; cooking fresh, local food; and exploring Maine's lovely woods, fields, and coast with her husband Jonathan, 2 kids, 1 dog, and 2 goats.
Dick started working at the church in 2004. In addition to vacuuming our sanctuary, painting our halls, and polishing our floors – always with a smile – he clears snow off the walkways and organizes the parish hall for events. Dick drives a school bus for Falmouth schools and works as a lobsterman every chance he gets.