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:
Rev. Lourey Savick
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With her larger than life smile, her warm and engaging voice, and wearing her favorite red cowboy boots, Reverend Lourey Savick, the new Pastor at United Parish of Upton, has that special persona that's certain to make everyone feel welcome.
Pastor Lourey began at United Parish on July 10 and since that time has been happily becoming familiar with her new community of parishioners. She grew up in Minnesota attending a very large, very diverse high school where she said she, "struggled to find my stride." However, it was when she would attend weekly worship services with her family that she really discovered who she was. "I really felt that church was a place where you could be free; where you could be your true self," she explained.
And it was while attending Wartburg College in Iowa that she realized her calling was the ministry saying, “I felt drawn to history, music, theater but I also felt that I’d been given this gift and God was calling me to do something with it.” She graduated from Wartburg with a Bachelor’s Degree in Religion and a minor in Theater. She also holds a Masters Degree in Divinity from Boston University School of Theology. Prior to United Parish, she served as Pastor to Peterborough United Methodist Church in New Hampshire.
These days, more and more churches are seeing a decrease in attendance from busy families. When asked if she has a specific goal to try and increase attendance at United Parish, Pastor Lourey answers candidly. “No, I don’t,” she said, feeling those in attendance are making it a priority to be there. “I feel everyone who comes to worship is here because they want to be.” She says the same thing about performing marriages, “There are so many other options for couples besides marrying in a church, so when they come to me I do my happy dance!”
Speaking of performing marriages, United Parish is proud to be an open and affirming/reconciling congregation—meaning they embrace individuals of all ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, and family structure. “We welcome everyone; it goes without saying,” said Pastor Lourey.
In the future, the United Methodist Provisional Elder said she hopes to introduce some new ideas and programs to her new Parish, but for now she’s eagerly absorbing all that is new around her.
Pastor Lourey and her husband Wesley live in Jamaica Plain where Wes is a Professor of Theater at Suffolk University.
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Christian Education Director
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Jessica has been a professional educator for 13 years. She has taught in Public High Schools, Private "Not-for-Profit" Schools and has substituted classes of all age levels. As a long time resident of Upton, she has a strong desire to serve the community and surrounding towns. Her credentials include a M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction, a B.A. in English, Secondary Education and a long history of involvment with a variety of religious affiliations including Holy Angels of Upton, St. Michaels of Mendon, Church of Emmanuel in Foxboro and Grace U.C.C. in Taneytown, MD. She is very enthusiatic about using her educational skills at the United Parish of Upton.
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
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Susan has been the Music Director at the United Parish of Upton since May 2001. She is an active performer, voice teacher and 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)
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.
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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
Leadership Council Chair
Elizabeth Alletto resides in Upton, MA and is a member of the United Parish of Upton currently serving as United Parish's Leadership Council Chair. Upon joining the church nine years ago, she nourishes her faith by singing in the choir and participating in the many church community fund raisers. She has previously served as Treasurer and Admin Clerk.
Leadership Council Vice-Chair
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.
Heather has been a member of the United Parish for ten years. She lives in Upton along with her husband and two daughters. She served as Admin Chair for many years and is currently a Sunday School teacher and Treasurer of both the church and the United Parish Early Learning Center.