First United Methodist Church
Wednesday, September 28, 2022
FEED THE NEED Putting our faith into motion by feeding the body, mind and soul

Staff

 

Rev. Ho-Soon Han, Senior Pastor

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rev. Ho-Soon Han was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and came to the United States in 1995 to study at Boston University School of Theology. She was ordained in the New England Conference as a deacon in 1998 and elder in 2001. During her 24 years of ministry she served at Chestnut Street UMC in Gardner, MA, Lee Memorial UMC in Norwich, CT, Christ UMC in Groton, CT, Church on the Cape, Kennebunkport, ME.

Ho-Soon is a spiritual leader who experiences the spiritual realm as a reality and a creative writing major who uses the gift of imagination to conceptualize and explains the spiritual experiences in a plain language for others to understand. She is a storyteller that can bring life to the old stories of the scriptures and of her own conversion and ongoing transformation and can make connection with the worshipers. She is also an active listener with compassion which makes others easy to open and engage in conversations. She is someone who admits her own brokenness and vulnerability and continues to work to be an authentic and whole person. This makes it possible for her to connect with others with imperfection and invite them to the journey with Christ.
 
 

Kevin Lindsay, Director of Music

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Kevin G. Lindsay has been the Organist and Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Rochester NH since January 1999. He plays the organ and for most of the services, directs the choirs, the Circuit Ringers' hand-bell choir and supervises the adult volunteer directors of the Witherell Ringers. 
 
Kevin began playing piano at the age of four and has been involved in playing and singing church music since childhood. He began studying organ at age eleven in Worcester MA with Ed Laliberte'. Kevin was accepted as a Music Major at Barrington College in 1984, prior to the school's merger with Gordon College in 1985. Kevin continued organ study at Gordon with Dr. Roy Brunner. In 1996 Kevin became the first recipient of the Collins Organ Scholarship at Plymouth State University, Plymouth NH. (A full 4 year tuition grant for organ study.) He graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts Music degree in Organ Performance. His instructor for 4 years was Katherine Buckley, with additional tutoring from Dr. Robert Swift Chair of the Music Department, and a 2 week study with Roger Sayer; (At the time, the Organist and Choirmaster at Rochester Cathedral, Rochester England.) While at Plymouth State, he sang in the College Chorale under Dr. Perkins for 3 years, and performed his Sr. year Choral internship under the direction of Dr. Kitty Beller-McKenna with the Granite State Choral Society.  Kevin continues to sing with GSCS in his spare time and is a Past-Dean of the  NH chapter of the American Guild of Organists, where he is still active in planning chapter events and promoting the Pipe Organ's use in worship and for concerts. 
 
Kevin's wife Karen is an active participant in the Music Ministry of the church and is a CHOIR MOM to many past and present choristers. Kevin and Karen's children are have both Graduated from Gordon College and are both married.  Kaitlin's husband Peter can be found assisting her with Youth group outings and other church things;  and Spencer and his wife Gabriella are proud parents of twins, Winifred Olive, and Albert Colin Lindsay.  When not doing musical things, Kevin can be found walking or riding his bike, golfing, or traveling with Karen.   
 
 

Roseann Benoit, Administrative Assistance 

 
 
Roseann has lived in Rochester with her Husband Scott for 43 years raising her family and enjoy her grandchildren while working first at Brooks Pharmacy from 1993 -2005 and then Northeast credit union from 2005 -2020. She has been a member of our congregation and on the finance committee for last 13 years.