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Meet Our Staff

We are blessed to have a very collegial and creative staff. We spend Tuesday mornings working together on worship and program planning. You can reach any of us by using our first initial, then our last name @firstparish.net, e.g. mbaard@firstparish.net

The Rev. Mary E. Baard | Dr. Jane HagnessBecky Wilkoff | Jessie CrabtreeSteve Williams | Peggy Mast

The Rev. Mary E. Baard
Mary began serving as Senior Pastor of FPC in 2009. Mary grew up raking blueberries, playing sports, and becoming a life long learner. These days she enjoys reading, walking, and watching TED talks. Mary delights in sharing the journey of faith with people of all ages. A Maine native Mary grew up in Waldoboro and attended the University of Southern Maine. After graduating from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1983, Mary served churches in New Jersey, California, and Arizona. Mary and her spouse, The Rev. Dr. Ron Baard, have two adult daughters and a son-in-law: Karin and Lauren & Jay. | mbaard@firstparish.net
Dr. Jane Hagness
Jane Hagness joined the staff in 2017 as Minister of Music. Jane is a conductor, organist and lyric soprano. She has earned a Master of Music from the University of Kentucky, a Doctor of Musical Arts from Shenandoah Conservatory, and a second Master of Church Music/Organ from Shenandoah Conservatory. An active recitalist in both voice and organ, Jane has presented at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Conference and at the International Congress of Voice Teachers. She has composed several vocal pieces with varying instrumental accompaniment and especially enjoys hymn writing. In her spare time, Jane enjoys agility training with her American Hairless Terrier, “Moose,” the sparkle of her eye. She also enjoys painting and walking in nature. | jhagness@firstparish.net
Becky Wilkoff10507046_928253377192451_867791815752878695_o
Becky Wilkoff has been the Children’s Ministries Coordinator since October 2014. A member of First Parish Church, Becky volunteered in the life of the church before she joined the staff. She earned a B.A. in American Literature and French from Middlebury College, where she met her husband Nick. They decided to raise a family in Nick’s hometown of Brunswick, where they have two children in the Brunswick schools. In her spare time Becky enjoys volunteering in the schools, serving on local boards and committees related to education, teaching French, and participating in outdoor sports and activities with family and friends. | bwilkoff@firstparish.net

Jessie Crabtree
Jessie Crabtree started attending First Parish in 2016, and liked it so much that she joined the staff as Office Administrator at the end of 2017. Jessie’s prior work was in the Adult Education field, and she is delighted now to be serving the lifelong learners of such an intellectually active and spiritually nurturing community. If you have questions about attending First Parish for the first time, want be added to our email/mailing list, have a group who would like to use First Parish space, or would like to know more about volunteer and enrichment opportunities at First Parish, Jessie would be happy to help. Jessie’s husband, James, sings in the Choir, and their two young children are involved in the Sunday School program. | jcrabtree@firstparish.net

Steve WilliamsSteve Williams
Business Administrator
Steve joined the First Parish Church staff in the summer of 2013. He grew up in the Chicago area. Following an undergraduate education in Philadelphia and graduate school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health to do research and teach. That led to consulting activity in the Midwest and ultimately to his 1986 arrival in Maine for a job at the Maine Hospital Association. After returning to consulting work, he became increasingly involved with bookkeeping and financial work for local churches and other non-profit organizations. He also began volunteering in literacy-related activities and serving on various local boards. Steve enjoys reading, travel and sports (especially baseball) in his leisure time. He resides in Brunswick with his wife, Jean. | swilliams@firstparish.net
img_4655Peggy Mast
has served since 2010 as the Church Collector. Born in Augusta, Peggy lived for 33 years in Edgecomb before moving with her husband to Brunswick in 2005. As a member of the Edgecomb Congregational Church she served in many capacities and was the Treasurer of the church for a number of years. As Collector, her job is to receive and process all church income, from pledges and regular donations to event receipts and special gifts. | fpcaccounting@firstparish.net

Church School Staff

We are very fortunate to have a nurturing and dedicated staff of teachers and caregivers throughout the church school year, with nursery care continuing through the summer months.

 

Jocelyn Hooydonk: Infants & Toddlers

Jocelyn, a Brunswick native, earned her BA in Early Childhood Education from UMF. She has worked in various childcare and early childhood education centers, and currently is an ed tech in an elementary school functional skills classroom. Jocelyn lives in Topsham with her husband and daughter.

 

 

Erin Scott: Preschool through 1st Grade

Erin has lived in the mid-coast area for much of her life. After moving away for college and work she decided to return here to raise her family. She and her husband have two young daughters. In her spare time Erin loves to craft and sew, especially quilts. Along with teaching church school, Erin has a professional organizing business and is the president of the Friends of the Topsham library, a Girl Scout troop leader and a member of the PTO.

 

Bridgette Hodgkins: Grades 2-5

Bridgette was born and raised in Waldoboro, Maine. After attending Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she received Elementary Education and Early Childhood degrees, she moved to the Chicago suburbs where she lived and worked for almost 20 years. While in the Chicago area Bridgette worked as a nanny and served in a local church leading junior high small groups and working part time for the junior high ministry. Currently, Bridgette is working as a nanny and loving teaching grades 2-5 church school. Bridgette also leads a Brownie Girl Scout troop and loves to knit.

 

Abbey Kenney: Church School & Nursery Helper

Abbey Kenney is a veteran of the Air Force and full time Momma to her young son; they live in Brunswick. She enjoys reading, volunteering with her son at the food pantry, checking things off their ever-lengthening Bucket List, movies, their snuggly bulldog Cricket, and too many other things to list. She is currently in school for IT Cyber Security and looks forward to what life has in store for them.

 

Amanda Similien: Grades 6-7 – Our next session of “Echo the Story” will take place in March and April 2019.

Amanda (Mandy) grew up going to First Parish Church school, confirmation, and youth groups, and sang in the youth choirs through high school. After attending college at the University of Puget Sound and spending two and a half years in Haiti in the Peace Corps, she returned to Brunswick. Mandy and her husband Harold have made Brunswick their home and enjoy raising their two boys with all their sports and activities. | asimilien@firstparish.net

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