Jeff and his wife Kathleen retired to Hills Beach in Biddeford four years ago and are members of this church. Jeff served as a United Church of Christ pastor in six different New England churches during his career, most recently in Barrington, RI. and has been helping churches in Maine part-time since then.
Jeff and Kathleen have two daughters who both have families: Carrie is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner teaching nursing at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston with a husband and two very active young daughters; and Meghan is Associate Director of Admissions at the Wheeler School in Providence, RI with a husband and three very active young daughters.
Jeff loves to walk, bike, hike, read, weave Nantucket-style baskets, play pickle ball, and do genealogy research. He will be serving part-time here until our new settled Pastor arrives in August.
Director of Bell Choir
Director of Christian Education
In August of 2004 Kris became the Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth at First Parish Saco. She and her husband, Jim, have lived in Saco over 23 years while raising their family which includes Matt, Greg, Jeff, and Heather. Before coming to First Parish, she was on staff at South Congregational Church, UCC in Kennebunkport. She also works part time at Mercy Hospital in Portland as a Medical Technologist, a position she has held for over 20 years. She is a firm believer in Social Justice and Mission and has participated in four medical missions: Haiti twice, Jamaica and Guatemala. She has also traveled on several church mission trips to Honduras and New Orleans. Her passion is to help people of all ages develop a relationship with God through the transforming love of Jesus Christ. She feels that being at First Parish allows her to actively pursue this passion.
We are very happy to announce that Nadeen DeSilva has joined the the First Parish Church administration. Nadeen was married to her husband, Ron, at First Parish in 1980. Nadeen says that raising three children along with her 39 year marriage are her two biggest accomplishments.
Her professional career though, has many notable achievements too. These include overseeing the initiation of the Parade of Lights, Holiday Fest and the Saco Car Show. Nadeen also worked on the "Healthy Main Street Grant" that brought water bottle refill stations and bike racks to downtown Saco.
Nadeen goes on to say, that she believes in "working with others to accomplish worthwhile goals and to help in the making of positive change." By doing this, she continues in the life long quest to become the best version of herself, while helping others. She is very excited to be joining First Parish as a new challenge in her life journey. Her early goals in the office at First Parish are to streamline the office tasks and to assist the church volunteers and teams in continuing to achieve our Mission goals that First Parish has challenged itself to do.
Jacqui graduated from the University of Maine in 2008 with a Bachelors Degree in Music Education, majoring in piano with a vocal track. Whie Jacqui was in school, she worked part time as the Organist and Youth Choir Director at Brewer's First Congregational Church in Brewer, Maine and was also Organist at Eddington Methodist Church in Eddington, Maine. After graduation, Jacqui accepted the position of Minister of Music at Standish Congregational Church where she directed the Choir, developed a Youth Choir, and played organ and piano for church services, weddings and funerals for almost 10 years. During that time, Jacqui also started her own business, Jacqui's Piano Studio, teaching private piano and voice lessons in Portland, Maine.
Today Jacqui runs a full time studio in Falmouth, Maine where she currently teaches approximately 60 students. Her program includes recitals, group classes, master classes, and student participation in the Maine Music Teachers Association events. She is the Vice President of Programs for the Maine Music Teachers Association where she assists with organizing conferences, competitive evens, and festivals for piano students across all of Maine. Jacqui is currently the Music Director, leading our music program at First Parish, Saco which includes directing the Senior Choir and Youth Choir, accompanying the Junoir Choir, organizing the music for Worship and playing the piano and organ for Sunday Services, Funerals, and Weddings. M
Music has been a significant part of Jacqui's life since a very young age, taking lessons and playing duets and two piano music as a child with her mother and grandmother. She participated in Music as much as possible in school and went to Portland Arts and Technology HIgh School for Music her senior year. Over the years, she studied the organ with well-known Organists such as Kevin Birch, Ray Cornils, and Christopher Pelonzi. She has taken piano lessons from a very young age and later studied with Baycka Voronietsky at the University of Maine, Christine Kissack of Piano Learning Center, and Laura Kargul who is the Director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Southern Maine. Jacqui believes that learning and accomplishment on instruments like the piano and organ are a life long journey, and so in addition to her teaching, she will always continue her professional development through conferences and lessons. Her 3 children also love music, playing the piano, and enjoy singing in the church Junior and Youth Choirs!