The Church Office hours are: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday
Pastor Bill Ingraham, Senior Pastor
Roberta Jurovich, Office Manager
Dr. Christopher Grills -- Organist and Choir Director
TBD, Christian Education Director
Cathy Gable, Treasurer
Born in Oklahoma City, Bill’s family moved to Denton, Texas when he was 3 years old. His parents were both educators, who raised their two children in the large, United Methodist church just off the city square. He spent so much time there as a child and a youth that Bill thinks of himself as having grown up in that church. A life-long musician, he learned to sing harmony seated between his parents in worship long before he could read music.
Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Spanish from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas in 1986, and a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri in 1992. While in graduate school he was awarded the John Swomley Award for Peace and Social Justice in 1990 and the Saint Paul Graduate Scholarship (the seminary’s second highest academic honor) in 1991.
Pastor Bill began his career as a Licensed Student Pastor in the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he served four congregations (two at a time) over four years. His first congregation in the United Church of Christ was Rosedale Congregational Church in Kansas City, Kansas, which he served as Student Interim Pastor beginning in 1990.
He was called to serve Trinity-St. Mark’s UCC in Detroit in 1992, and in 1996, to serve Church of the Good Shepherd UCC in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In Ann Arbor, he focused his community work with the Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice and Planned Parenthood of Mid-Michigan. He then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he served as Senior Pastor of Church of the Good Shepherd UCC for five years, with community service with the New Mexico Conference of Churches. He ended his tenure outside of New England with a short, Designated Pastorate with Saint Stephen’s UCC in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
On March 6, 2016 he received a unanimous Call to become the 20th Settled Minister of First Church Congregational in Methuen, Massachusetts, beginning his work here in mid-May that year. Since his arrival, Pastor Bill has focused his community work in efforts to end abuse, specifically the abuse of children. He has joined the Exchange Club of Methuen, and also serves as a member of the Board of Managers of the Methuen Branch of the YMCA of Merrimack Valley.
When not in church, Pastor Bill is often at the gym, striving to keep fit and healthy. He enjoys hikes in the mountains, walks along the ocean, and long drives in his MINI Cooper convertible, preferably with the top down. He has a good sense of humor, and loves to laugh! He’s an avid reader of both fiction and non-fiction, and enjoys museums, live theater, concerts and movies. He is enthusiastic for global travel, having recently visited both India and the United Kingdom. He has a deep love and appreciation for the Philippines, Hong Kong, and all of Latin America. Pastor Bill also enjoys gourmet cooking, dining out, strong coffee, bitter beer, dry wine, and good conversation.
Church Board Members
Steve Boyko, Chairperson
Josh Ferry, Vice Chairperson
Kathy Romano, Secretary
TBD, Christian Education Chairperson
Sue Riedel, Diaconate Chairperson
Pat Romano, Finance Chairperson
Rebecca Wright, Member-At-Large
Allan Barlow, Trustees of Properties Chairperson
Marilyn Peck, Outreach Chairperson
Kim Valcourt, Stewardship Chairperson
Carol Sanborn, Membership Development Chairperson
Rev. William D. Ingraham, Senior Pastor
The Chapel School
Cindy Mazella, Director
Roberta Jurovich, Office Manager