Our Staff

Rev. Kathleen Hepler
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Interim Minister Reverend Kathleen Hepler

With much excitement and anticipation, and with a big “thank you” to the Interim Search Committee, PruCom is very happy to announce that the Rev. Kathleen Hepler has been called to serve as our Interim Minister for the upcoming Church year.

Rev. Hepler has a wealth of experience, having engaged in several long term ministries over the course of her career including Senior Minister with First Parish in Framingham Unitarian Universalist (2007 – 2018), Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County New Jersey (1993 – 2007) and Minister at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County Pennsylvania (1986 – 1991). In addition she served as an Interim Assistant Minister at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, MD from 1985 – 1986. She is a graduate of Ohio State University and received her Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California. Rev. Hepler was a Social Worker before entering the ministry and has two adult children, Jacob and Kim.

The Interim Search Committee was impressed by Rev. Hepler’s sincerity and humor as well as her familiarity with the day to day operations and ongoing needs of a Church like ours. We are confident that she will be able to hit the ground running and help guide us through the process of searching for a Settled Minister while also addressing the ongoing pastoral needs of our diverse congregation and the continuous requirements of successfully running our Church. She is as eager to join us as we are to have her!

Rev. Hepler starts her ministry with us on September 4 and her first worship service will be on September 9. Please stop by to introduce yourself and visit with her at the Church office when you can – let’s all make her feel welcome. Her office hours beginning on September 5 will be Tuesdays, 12:00pm-9:30pm, Wednesdays, 10:00am-3:00pm, Thursdays, 10:00am-3:00pm, and Sundays, 8:00am-3:00pm.

Randy Steere

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Interim Music Director Randy Steere

Thank you to Randy Steere for his willingness to serve as interim Music Director as we conduct a search for a new permanent Music Director. The Music Director Search Committee is already working diligently on this transition. More updates to come.

Claire Lynch
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Office Manager Claire Lynch

Claire Lynch is Office Manager of First Parish Church United. Born and raised in Jackson, MS, she moved to Savannah, GA to attend Savannah College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in Film and Video in 1998.

In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles, CA to pursue a career in film. While living in Los Angeles, she assisted executive producers in film and television, planned events and assisted in accounting for a women’s social club, and worked as an accountant for a commercial contractor.

Soon after moving to LA, she met her husband, Mike, a marriage and family therapist and comedy writer. In 2013, Mike and Claire moved with their daughter, Trixie, from Los Angeles to Massachusetts to be closer to Mike’s family and provide their daughter the best education. Trixie is in Pre-K at the Roudenbush and will start kindergarten at Rita Miller in September. They have been Westford residents for almost three years and are grateful for this opportunity to be part of this wonderful community.

Director of Religious Education Nicole Tracey

Nicole Tracey (Nicki) has worked part time here at FPCU as the Director of Religious Education, since 2012. She spends most her time here creating, preparing, implementing and leading RE lessons for PS-5th grade, while also overseeing the Nursery Caretaker, the Youth Group Advisor and many volunteers! She is a long time resident of Westford, graduating WA in 1999.

Nicki has also worked as a full time kindergarten teacher since 2006, at KinderCare here in Westford. She holds an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts, with a focus in Psychology, and her MA state teacher license in early childhood education (PK-2nd grade) and elementary education (1st-6th grade).