Pastors, staff, leaders
Rev. Rick Otty will preach and lead worship for Eliot Church Sept. 21 and 28. He has been a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church for 36 years. He served congregations in Dayton, Ohio, and Joplin, Missouri, and then took on a new role, with his wife Lynn, as directors of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in southwestern Pennsylvania.
In 1993, Rick returned to parish ministry and has served seven congregations as an interim/designated pastor, during which time he also served as the stated clerk for two presbyteries.
This spring, he completed a two-year interim in Troy, New York. The Ottys recently moved to Ayer, Massachusetts, to live closer to their daughter and her family in Cambridge. They have two other children and six grandchildren who live in Cincinnati and Las Vegas.
Eliot Church is delighted that Rick will be with us later in September; we are also grateful to several of our Elders who have preached for us in July and August. At its next meeting, Session will discuss options for worship leadership and pastoral care as we move into the fall.
(As Shannon Mokoro explained during the "celebrating our life together" time in worship on Sunday, Aug. 17, Rick will be at Eliot to help us while our PNC continues its work, but he is not the pastor being nominated by our PNC.)
Our interim pastor, Rev. Skip Macaulay, said goodbye to Eliot Church on June 29 after two and two-thirds years with us. Our Pastor Nominating Committee is well along in its process now.
During the remaining time until we have a new pastor, various church members and guest pastors will lead us in worship on a schedule being set up by our Worship Committee chair, Judith Tadfor, and our Clerk of Session, Cathy Gibson.
Our liaison to Presbytery, Rev. Beth Richeson, will continue to work closely with us, and arrangements have been made for pastoral care for any church member who has need.
Ordained at Eliot Church on April 15, 2007, Rev. Dr. Thysan Sam is the second Cambodian to be ordained to the ministry in the PC USA.
He is a leader in the National Presbyterian Cambodian Council, the National Asian Presbyterian Council, and the Steering Committee of Southeast Asian Ministries.
Thysan received his Doctor of Ministry at Andover Newton Theological Seminary.
Church Organist and Choir Director
Sue Dill is classically trained in piano, choral directing and voice. She teaches in the Music Department at Middlesex Community College and is well integrated into the area's musical community.
Sue became Eliot's organist and choir director in June 2011 and brings her energy and expertise to all of Eliot's choirs, as well as to playing organ and piano in worship services.
Contact Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Montgomery-College became Eliot's office administrator in August 2012; she feels she has been called by God to serve the church. She brings strong technical skills to the job, as well as the ability to make people feel welcome and loved.
When she’s not in the office putting together Eliot's Sunday bulletins, Laurie enjoys doing “all things crafty and artistic.” Through her own church she is joyfully involved in local mission work as well as a mission to the area of Huntington, West Virginia, where she works with youth, sharing God’s word while making homes warm, safe and dry.
Pastor Nominating Committee
Eliot Church elected its PNC in October, 2013. The committee's tasks include writing Eliot's Mission Information Form and then reading and considering information from pastors who are interested in serving Eliot Church. In the end they will present one pastor nominee to the congregation.
Elders and Deacons
Elders and Deacons are appointed by the Nominating Committee and elected by the congregation. They are ordained. Active Elders and Deacons serve a three-year term.
Elders share in the ministry and governing of Eliot. They assist in serving communion and work with the Pastor to encourage the congregation in the worship and service of God.
Elders exercise leadership and discipline and are responsible for the needs of the church at large, including ecumenical relationships. Twelve Elders sit actively in Session, each serving a three-year term. Each Elder generally serves on a committee.
Pictured here is the Session of Eliot Church as of March, 2014 (photo by Michael Sheu).
The office of Deacon is set forth in Scripture as one of sympathy, witness, and service, after the example of Jesus Christ.
Deacons minister to those in need – to the sick, to shut-ins, and to those are in distress, both within Eliot and the community at large. Eight members currently sit in the office of Deacon, each serving a three-year term.