Nancy Rexford and Charles Turner, Music Directors
Nancy Rexford began studying piano at the age of five. She developed an interest in accompanying in her teens and has loved working with other musicians ever since. She accompanied voice students at the University of Iowa and at Smith College and has served as a church organist on and off since 1975. She has written a number of anthems for church choirs and a song cycle called Prayers from the Ark, set to poems by Carmen Bernos de Gastold as translated by Rumer Godden.
Charles Turner grew up in northwest Iowa, and decided to become a composer while still in high school. He has an undergraduate degree in vocal music performance from the University of Iowa, and a Masters in music theory and composition from U Mass Amherst. Charles has been music director at UCC and Methodist churches in Hadley, Northampton and Danvers, Massachusetts. He has directed a community choir in New Hampshire and does occasional solo work in the Boston area.
Charles is a long-time member of Cantata Singers of Boston and Capella Alamire of New Hampshire. His music has been performed by a number of Boston-area groups and soloists. His chamber opera ‘Paper or Plastic’ was included in the ‘Outside the Box’ festival on Boston Common in 2013. Most recently his piece ‘Bartok Variants’ was premiered in February 2018 by the Gordon College Concert Band. Charles and wife Nancy are members of the New Opera and Musical Theater Initiative (NOMTI), a group of musical theater writers, and Charles is president of Triad: Boson’s Choral Collective, which performs recently composed choral music.
Wendy Linares - Chaplain
Wendy Linares is an Ordained Interfaith Chaplain. She was ordained by the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine ( ChIME) in 2014. Wendy learned about the spiritual practices of many faith traditions and has an appreciation and respect for those with varying paths to God. She is also ready to serve those with no particular faith tradition.
Wendy lives in Danvers with her husband Keith. They have four grown children between them and four grandchildren whom they adore! Wendy likes all things creative as well as outside the box worship.
She loves serving Second Church in her role as chaplain. Wendy and Keith have been part of Second Church for many years. When she is not working as chaplain, she enjoys thrift shopping for unusual treasures and exploring the world of nature. She is joyful and still holds onto her sense of wonder and sense of humor. You can expect her to marvel at rainbows and streams and flowers growing out of cracks in the sidewalk! Call on her if you need support.
Wendy's Email: email@example.com
Ms. Mary Jane Clark, Parish Administrator
Mary Jane Clark is responsible for the many groups that use the church facility. Her primary focus is on keeping the operation of our church programs running smoothly, by supporting the church staff and members as needed. She views her position as that of problem-solver/troubleshooter for over thirty-five years; but most importantly, she is the first welcoming presence to greet visitors to the church office. Mary Jane has been an active member of our faith community for the past fifty-four years!
Mary Jane's email is firstname.lastname@example.org