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Pastor James Admans (they/them)

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Settled Pastor

Pastor James Admans has been called to serve as the next settled pastor of the Church of Christ, Congregational. They are the first queer and nonbinary pastor of our church in its 300+ year history.

After completing degrees in Anthropology (Southern Connecticut State University) and Forensic Anthropology (Boston University School of Medicine), their academic journey led them to Union Theological Seminary in New York City, where they earned a Master of Divinity degree, delving deep into the cross-sections of Biblical studies, social ethics, and queer theology. During their final year at seminary, James's commitment to advocacy was honored with the Malcolm Boyd Veritas Award, recognizing their impactful social justice endeavors within the LGBTQIA+ community.

 

James has previously served at Fort Washington Collegiate Church as their Digital Minister and Seminary Intern. During the COVID-19 pandemic, they also served as Staff and Volunteer Coordinator for a vaccination site that distributed more than 6,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine. 

 

James made a significant mark in religious literature by compiling Beyond Worship: Meditations on Queer Worship, Liturgy, & Theology, an anthology that garnered a 2023 Independent Publishers Bronze Medal for its profound contributions to religious thought by queer and transgender theologians from a variety of faiths and backgrounds.

 

James is known throughout the United Church of Christ for their unique and vibrant drag ministry. They don the persona of Marge Erin Johnson as a dynamic expression of faith that champions love and inclusivity. More about James and their ministries can be found on their personal website: theologyqueen.com

Rebecca Abalutzk (she/her)

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Music Director

Rebecca Abalutzk received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy & Performance from Westminster Choir College. For nearly 20 years she has been a music teacher in a variety of capacities, including public school, private voice and piano instruction along with musical director for choirs and musicals. She is presently the Vocal Director and Director for Music for Young Children® at Encore Music Academy & Recording Studios in Franklin, MA. She also serves as Adjunct Voice Faculty and ballet accompanist at Dean College.

Laura Kohring

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Administrator

Bio coming soon!

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