UCC Congregational, Burlington of Massachusetts staff

UCC Congregational, Burlington of Massachusetts staff

Reverend Angela V. Wells started her ministry at UCC Burlington in December 2012. This is her first called position, as she graduated from Union Theological Seminary in New York City in May 2012. Angela is from Florida, where she served as a sabbatical supply pastor at two different congregations, in the summers of 2011 and 2012. Angela has a passion for pastoral care, empowering lay leadership, intergenerational relationships, justice work through the church, as well as challenging every stereotype about Christianity and clergy. Angela really values radical inclusivity. She believes that everyone should be able to walk through our church doors, shed all pretenses, and be welcomed and loved exactly as they are. We are called to love each other just as God first loved us. Angela works to blend tradition (our church was built in 1732!) with new and creative ways of worshipping God and living into our identity as Christians in this complex and ever-changing 21st century. She is on the Board of Directors for Burlington’s non-profit social services organization, People Helping People. She was also accepted to the nationwide young clergy group sponsored by the Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ entitled Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI: 2030). Angela also loves talking with people and hearing their stories. In her spare time, Angela likes to go hiking or running with her dog Stella. 

Angela always has an open door, so feel free to stop by her office or send her an email if you’d like to chat. She can be reached at RevWells@UCCBurlington.org. You can also follow her on Twitter @RevAngelaWells.

Reverend Angela V. Wells

Reverend Angela V. Wells

Bobbie Killilea has been the Administrative Assistant for over 15 years. She is our main contact for members and friends of the church, not to mention all our renters. Bobbie works closely with the Pastor, Trustees and various board members. She handles correspondence, keeps records of baptisms, marriages, burials, as well as our Church Directory. She prepares bulletins for worship service, weddings, funerals, special services; our monthly newsletter “The Hilltop Herald”, renter schedules and payments. Also maintains and updates volunteer information for all the church committees. Having served on the Board of Youth for over 5 years she is currently on the Board of Deacons and the Church Service Award Committee. Bobbie is married, has three grown children and lives in Burlington.
UCC Administrator Bobbie Killilea

Bobbie Killilea

Joe Stoddard teaches music to grades 4-6 at Village School in Marblehead, Massachusetts and is the Director of Music Ministries at the Burlington United Church of Christ in Burlington, Massachusetts. Joe earned the Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Oberlin College in 1994 and the Master of Music degree in music education from UMass Amherst in 2000, where he was also certified in all three levels of Orff-Schulwerk. In addition, he earned the Kodaly certificate from the Hartt School of Music, studying with Dr. John Feierabend. He became a National Board Certified Teacher in 2009, earning certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. He has been an organist and choir director at churches in New Bedford, Fall River, Gardner, and Salem, Massachusetts; as well as in Elyria and Oberlin, Ohio. He has taught music in Fall River and Ashburnham, Massachusetts. Joe is also an amateur composer; a few of his compositions have been included in Polly Bradley’s book Seaward, Skyward, recently published by the Harvard Bookstore. Joe and his husband Paul live in Salem, Massachusetts, and he can be reached at music@uccburlington.org.
Joe Stoddard

Joe Stoddard

Deb Raymond is the newest member of our staff, joining us as CE Director. She has been involved with this church since childhood, attended Sunday School, Youth Group & sang in the choir. She has been on the Christian Ed committee for the past 2 years. Most recently she is the co-chair of our Fall Family Fair, the largest fund raiser. She grew up in Burlington & currently lives in Waltham. She will begin pursuing Christian Education Certification through the Mass Conference in the fall of 2017. She welcomes input from children, youth & adults to continue meaningful education & faith formation.
Deb Raymond

Deb Raymond