Pastors, staff, leaders
Temporary supply pastor
At its December meeting, Session voted to hire Rev. Erin Leiserson as our temporary supply pastor, one-half time, starting in February.
She is leading worship, moderating Session meetings, providing pastoral care, and holding limited office hours at the church until our PNC completes its work and nominates a permanent full-time pastor for Eliot Church.
Erin grew up in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying God's creation in the form of salt water, islands, and whales. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology at Stanford University. She studied at George Fox Seminary before attending Harvard Divinity School, where she earned her M.Div.
She was ordained in 2004 and has served in a variety of pastoral roles since then in Mississippi and New Hampshire. Erin is an animal lover and avid reader who enjoys crafts and vegetarian cooking. She lives in Cambridge with her husband Will, a computer science doctoral student at MIT.
Erin is particularly committed to study, teaching, and equipping all people for ministry. She encourages you to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.