First United Methodist Church
Thursday, October 08, 2015
Rev. Jeffrey Hunt, Senior Pastor
Grace and peace to you from God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
My name is The Reverend Jeffrey J. Hunt, though I prefer to be called "Jeff," and it is my pleasure to be serving the First United Methodist Church of Rochester, New Hampshire. I am a 1996 Master of Divinity graduate of Boston University School of Theology and was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church that same year. I have served churches in Westborough and Sudbury, Massachusetts, and in Houlton and Brunswick, Maine, prior to arriving in Rochester on July 1st, 2012. I am blessed to share the journey of life and ministry with my spouse, Patrice, and our four wonderful children: Jonah, Nathaniel, Ethan, and Lily. We are all looking forward to the joys of being a part of such a wonderful and vibrant community at FUMC, as well as the greater Rochester area.
Having served as a high school football coach for 20 years, I now have the privilege of working with the wonderful staff at Spaulding High School as a varsity coach with the Red Raiders. In addition, I have served as both a firefighter and fire chaplain in several communities, having received Pro Board Certification as a Firefighter I/II in Maine. I enjoy preaching, youth ministry, music, hunting, outdoor activities and spending quality time with my family.
It is my firm belief that God is going to do amazing things in our time, and that God wants to use FUMC to reach God's children here and beyond. I hope you will join us!
Kevin Lindsay, Director of Music
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 Senior Choir, the Youth Choir, the Circuit Ringers' hand-bell choir and supervises the adult volunteer directors of the Witherell Ringers, and the Young Children's Choir.
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 presently the Dean, of the NH chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a position he has held since July of 2012.
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 two children are in college and they are enjoying some free-time to travel and visit with their families both in and out of NH.
Marguerite Correia, Office Administrator
My name is Marguerite Correia and I am the Office Administrator here at First UMC and I came to work here late in the summer of 2010. I am originally from southeastern Massachusetts but also grew up in Florida. My husband is active duty Coast Guard and we have recently relocated back to New England from Florida. We have a daughter, Magdalyn who is 6. She is a blessing that I am thankful for daily, even when she is sick or making me crazy. Life has given me a lot of ups and downs but my faith has always carried me through this roller coaster of events. I am a practicing Catholic who is open to other denominations. This isn't my first Church Administrative roll. I enjoy every aspect my position as Church Administrator from developing bulletins to fielding visitors and I do feel my position is a ministry. I have a very close knit family whom I see often in Massachusetts but have developed tremendous bonds here as well. Working for a Church is like working with family and here at First UMC we are family.