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Meet Our Staff

We are blessed to have a very collegial and creative staff. We spend Tuesday afternoons working together on worship and program planning.

The Rev. John Allen 

John is our incoming Senior Pastor. He will begin his ministry in Brunswick on October 25, 2021. John is currently serving as the Minister at the First Congregational Church of Milton, MA, United Church of Christ. Before his ministry in Milton, John served as a Pastoral Resident at Village Church in Wellesley, MA. The Pastoral Residency is a full-time two-year ministry which seeks to build on seminary education in order to equip leaders for a lifetime of ministry. 

John is a graduate of Davidson College and received his Master of Divinity in New Testament from Union Theological Seminary. While at Union he worked in the chapel, planning daily worship for the community, and coordinated a lecture series on “Theology and Economics.” 

Before attending seminary, John worked as a firefighter and EMT in North Carolina. He will be moving to Maine with his wife Molli, and daughters Cora (3) and Lydia (1). He is a violinist and a sailor who loves to cook. | 

Francesco Marshall
Francesco serves FPC as our Minister for Pastoral Care. Francesco was born in Northeastern Ohio. Beginning a career as an elementary school teacher, Francesco taught for 12 years, ending his teaching career in the high school classroom. During his teaching career, he majored in language arts, theological studies, speech, and drama. After attending seminary in San Antonio, TX; Francesco added spiritual care chaplaincy to his resume. Completing two Residencies in Clinical Pastoral Education; Francesco worked 13 years as a chaplain. Francesco’s last spiritual care assignment was in Seattle working with the residents of Horizon House, a multi-level assisted living facility founded by the United Church of Christ. Francesco and his spouse, Ron Sepielli, live in Dresden with their two Golden Retrievers. | fmarshall@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 had several different roles since she joined our staff in October 2014. She studied American Literature and French at 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, running, and outdoor activities with family and friends. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday – 9am to 4pm | bwilkoff@firstparish.net

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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.

 

Bridgette Hodgkins: Grades 5-7, Lead Teacher

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 church school. Bridgette also leads a Brownie Girl Scout troop and loves to knit. | bhodgkins@firstparish.net

 

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 is currently an ed tech in an elementary school functional skills classroom. Jocelyn lives in Topsham with her husband and daughter.

 

Erin Scott: Preschool – Kindergarten

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 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 Public Library and vice president of the PTO at Woodside Elementary School. She is looking forward to being a substitute teacher now that both of her kids are in school.

 

Carley Senecal: Grades 1-4

Carley grew up in Freeport and now resides in Brunswick, where she raises her young daughter. She works at Bowdoin College Children’s Center where she cares for children in infancy through preschool.  When she’s not working she enjoys going for hikes and going to the beach. She’s an avid animal lover but only has one cat for the time being.

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