Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:

 

Our Staff


Pastor LoureyPastor 

Rev. Lourey Savick

(508) 529-3192, Option 2

pastorlourey@icloud.com

 

Pastor Lourey has been serving United Parish of Upton since July 2016. She is clergy in the United Methodist Church, a diverse worldwide denomination that encourages faith in both heart and head. She earned her M.Div from Boston University School of Theology, and her BA from Wartburg College (affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). She is delighted to continue learning as the pastor of this blended Open and Affirming United Church of Christ and Reconciling United Methodist Church congregation.  

 

 

Jessica MurphyChristian Education Director

Jessica Murphy

(508) 529-3192

journeywithjessie@gmail.com

 

Jessica Murphy is the Christian Education Director for United Parish of Upton. She is responsible for ensuring spiritual growth among all generations of the church in a way that promotes love and respect for all God’s Kingdom, without bias or judgement. Jessica joined the United Church of Christ after learning about the denomination’s call to advocate for justice and discovering the wider welcome that came with acceptance for all throughout the greater church. Though education and writing curriculum is her area of expertise, Jessica’s passion lies in outreach to the community and beyond.

Since joining United Parish of Upton in 2012, she has organized many grassroots fundraising efforts to support neighbors in need, creates programs in the community to ensure safety for children, and attends as well as promotes many events that involve Justice in Action. Her life goal is to inspire people to discipleship by leading through example, so that they too will know that Jesus loves us all – just as we are. Jessica’s crowning achievement is her two amazing children with beautiful, open souls that remind her every day that true love does not discriminate or place any limits on its bounty.

One of Jessica's favorite quotes is:

"Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." - Proverbs 22:6

Susan Bonito

Music Director

Susan Bonito

(508) 529-3192
msbonito@me.com
 

Susan has been the Music Director at the United Parish of Upton since May 2001. She is an active performer, voice teacher, director and serves as Chair of the Voice Department at Indian Hill Music School in Littleton, MA. She is also on the voice faculty at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA and teaches private voice lessons in the Mendon/Upton area, as well as in Harvard, MA.  Her professional affiliations include the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA).


One of Susan's favorite hymns is: When in our Music God is Glorified


"When in our Music God is Glorified, and adoration leaves no room for pride, it is as though the whole creation cried Alleluia!  How often making music, we have found a new dimension in the world of sound, as worship moved us to a more profound Alleluia!...Let every instrument be tuned for praise!  Let all rejoice who have a voice to raise!  And may God give us faith to sing always Alleluia!" - Fred Pratt Green (Mk. 14:26)

 


ChiaChiChinOrganist/Pianist

Chia-Chi Chin

Chia_chi_chin@hotmail.com
 

Chia-Chi Chin has been a church organist with the United Parish of Upton since 2001. She has a Masters Degree in Music Performance. She is a music educator and an accompanist for musicians and local music theaters such as Turtle Lane Playhouse and the Merrimack Repertory Theater.


Chia-Chi resides in Hopkinton with her husband and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys playing volleyball, badminton and cooking. 

 


SandraNg

Church Administrator

Sandra Ng

(508) 529-3192, Option 1
unitedparishoffice@yahoo.com
 

Sandra has been a member of the United Parish since 2002 and has served on several boards and committees. She became the Church Administrator in 2006 and says her favorite part of being in the church office is meeting, greeting and working with church family and community members.


 

Our Church Officers


Beth Alletto new

Leadership Council Chair

Elizabeth (Beth) Alletto

Beth joined the United Parish of Upton in 2006 and is currently serving as United Parish's Leadership Council Chair. She nourishes her faith by participating in Sunday worship services, church ministries and community outreach activities. Behind the scenes, she co-manages the church social media Facebook, Instagram and Twitter sites. 

 

Beth has previously served as Treasurer and Admin Clerk and feels that she can bring her whole self to the church as United Parish of Upton is Open and Affirming / Reconciling – truly welcoming all just as we are – created and loved by God.



scottoglesby

Leadership Council Vice-Chair

Scott Oglesby

Scott Oglesby has been a member of the United Parish of Upton since 2001. He lives in Upton with his wife Pam and children Andrew and Jennifer. Along with being Leadership Council Vice-Chair, Scott is an active member of the church choir.

 

 

 

 

  

Cindy Coley head shot
Treasurer
 

Cynthia Coley

 

Cynthia has been a member of the United Parish of Upton since 1994 and currently serves as Treasurer and is Chair of the Business Committee. She has previously served as the Financial Secretary, on the Diaconate Board and as Treasurer of the United Parish Early Learning Center.  Cynthia lives in Upton with her husband and has two sons in college. She enjoys gardening, reading, cooking, and the joy of being a member of a full and vibrant church.

 
 

 

Rhonda - head shotLeadership Council Clerk
 

Rhonda Pilla

 

Rhonda was drawn to our congregation by ‘the pastor and the people’. She appreciates the open and affirming nature of church community. She moved to Upton 4 years ago after living in Watertown for 18 years. She is originally from Waltham. Rhonda is a software engineer supporting applicant tracking systems for Fortune 100 companies. She has two children; a daughter Bonnie, 30 and a son Zach, 23. Her granddaughter Chloe, who recently turned 2 in September brings her much joy and happiness. Rhonda is passionate about helping the less fortunate. She enjoys reading and creating jewelry from dried flowers which most often come from the flowers of passed loved ones.

 

 

Financial Secretary: Ruth Whitmore
Historian: Caroline Stoffel
Auditor: Robert Perkins

 

 
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