The Reverend Laura A. Gronberg
Laura is the 30th settled pastor of Second Congregational Church of Boxford, United Church of Christ.
Laura comes to Second Church with joy after serving as a chaplain at Wayside Hospice in Wayland, MA. Laura received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Religious Studies in 1994 from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She received her Master’s of Divinity in May 2008 from Andover Newton Theological School where she was inducted into the Jonathan Edwards Honor Society.
Laura is married to Fred who is an Emergency Care Instructor, among his varied talents. Together, they have two children, Matthew and Rachel, who attend Masconomet Regional School. Laura has been a life-long member of the United Church of Christ, and is the daughter and sister of UCC clergy. Laura was an active member of the Wellesley Congregational Church in Wellesley, Massachusetts before coming to Second Church. It is with deep gratitude that she serves as pastor of our warm and welcoming community of faith.
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Betsey grew up in Topsfield. After graduating from Masconomet, she received her AA from Northern Essex Community College and her BA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in Early Childhood Education. Up until her first child was born, she worked as lead teacher for a DSS child care facility in Lynn. A long time member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield, in 1993 she felt herself being called to do more for children's ministries. For 17 years Betsey served the Topsfield church in many capacities, starting with Director of Children's Ministries and finishing as Director of Youth Missions and Outreach. She was part of the team that created Joyful Noises Preschool and served as a volunteer President of the Board of Overseers for several years. Over the years Betsey has become a Certified Christian Educator through the United Church of Christ, she has earned certificates in Youth Ministry from the MACUCC, and the Institute of for Youth Ministry at the Princeton Theological Seminary. She earned the honor of Christian Educator of the Year from the MACUCC. In 2010, Betsey felt that she could better serve the Topsfield church as a volunteer. This enabled her to accept a foster child into her home. She adopted two children in 2015.
Betsey lives in Haverhill with her husband Jerry, her sons Anthony and Leo and her daughter Gina. Her daughter Stephanie lives in Haverhill and her son Joe lives with his wife in Connecticut. Betsey plays tennis, skis, and loves to spend time at her cottage in Maine.
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Sandi is originally from Connecticut. She received her B.S. degree in Marketing from Bentley University and previously worked as a Product and Customer Service Manager with AT&T and Lucent Technologies.
Sandi lives in North Andover with her husband, Mike, their son, Matt and their daughter, Jen, both of whom are currently in college. She and her family are parishioners at St. Michael Church in North Andover. In her free time, Sandi enjoys walking, reading, volunteering and playing golf.
In December of 2017, Sandi joined our Second Church staff. She enjoys many aspects of the job, but her favorite part has been meeting and interacting with the wonderful members of Second Church and the community.
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Kimberly is a proud lifelong member of Second Congregational Church and the newly appointed Music Director. Kimberly also serves as the church Sexton and will continue serving in that part-time role. As an active member of the church and the choir, you may hear her sing solos for various services or happy tunes over the hum of her vacuum.
Kimberly also teaches music at Bellesini Academy in Lawrence, music and theater for Creative Arts in Reading, directs musical theater for Wide Eyes Theatre Company in West Boxford, and performs regularly at venues across the region. Kimberly is a proud member of the Nason's Stone House Farm family, where both she and her 16-year-old work in their bakery.
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Lori Christensen Fahrner
Lori comes to us from California. She grew up attending and eventually joining a Presbyterian church. She was a member for many years before moving to Massachusetts and joining Second Church of Boxford. She has been active teaching Sunday school in our church for over 9 years. She was called to pursue a greater role in the Sunday school program and will be continuing her education learning more about teaching the children of our church.
Lori is a wife and mother of two children. Her alternate profession is the part-time practice of dental hygiene in two local offices. She enjoys reading, gardening and scrapbooking in her free time.
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