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. Dr. Virginia Child
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Virginia has been an ordained pastor since 1980 and has served churches in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Michigan. In the late 1990's, Virginia served as a consultant to the Connecticut Conference, working in areas of stewardship and mission development. For four years, she worked at Andover Newton Theological School as Director of Church Relations and then as Director of Admissions.
Denominationally, Virginia has served on Association and Conference boards and committees and is now the Scribe of the Old Colony Association of the Massachusetts Conference. She spent one term on the United Church Board for World Ministries and has served on mission-related committees in the Maine and Massachusetts Conferences. While in Connecticut, Virginia served on the Conference Board of Directors, was Moderator of the Conference and Vice-Chair of the Conference Minister Search Committee. Currently, in addition to her association work, Virginia is on the Advisory Committee of the Congregational Library, where she exercises her interest in church history.
Virginia lives in East Providence, RI. In her spare time, she plays classical mandolin with L'Esperance Mandolin Ensemble of Providence, makes futile attempts to weed her garden and enjoys the companionship of her elderly Cocker Spaniel.
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.