Reverend Dr. Adam Tierney-Eliot, Minister
Reverend Dr. Adam Tierney-Eliot has been the Pastor of Eliot Church since 2003. Previously he served two churches simultaneously in northwestern Maine. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine and a Master of Divinity degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School in Chicago. Adam recently received his Doctor of Ministry degree with a focus on Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary. Active in both the denomination and the community, Adam currently serves on the boards of the Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship (UUCF) and the Council of Christian Churches in the UUA (CXCUUA). Adam is also on the board of Metropolitan Congregations Acting for Hope (MICAH), an interfaith social justice organization addressing economic issues in the MetroWest region. Adam is in Full Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and has Dual-Standing with the United Church of Christ. He lives in the parsonage with his wife Allison Nelson-Eliot, a Clinical Social Worker, their three sons and their dog.
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Dr. Stephen James, Music Director
Stephen James, music director at the Eliot Church, has performed for the Tanglewood Music Center Chamber Series, the WICN Radio concert series at Mechanics Hall (Worcester, MA), the Omnibus Series at Boston University, and on many other concert series in New England. He is a composer as well as a pianist and organist, and completed his doctoral degree in composition at Boston University, where he received the graduate composition prize in 1984, the Malloy Miller Composition Award in 1986, and an award for continuing musical excellence in 1987. His music has been performed by nationally known ensembles and soloists, including baritone Sanford Sylvan, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, the Washington Music Ensemble, and the Atlantic Brass Quintet. He has taught composition, piano performance, music theory and related courses at Amherst College, Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, and Bridgewater and Worcester State Colleges.
Reverend Matthew Carriker, Assistant Pastor of Religious Education
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I received my Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in December 2008. Prior to entering seminary, I served for three years as a Jesuit Volunteer in Belize and Haiti- first teaching religious studies and coaching at an all girl's high school in Belize City, then serving as a teacher and social worker for boys off the street in a project in Cap Haitian, Haiti.
While at Andover Newton, I did two years of field education at Hancock UCC in Lexington. From 2006
until 2008, I served as the interim assistant minister at the First Congregational Church of Natick. I have enjoyed coordinating and leading spiritual retreats in various settings - as a mentor and program coordinator for Faith Youth Institute from 2004 to 2006, and then for Interfaith Youth Initiative from 2007 to the present. Since 2005, I have also co-managed and facilitated Confirmation retreats through the Mass. Conference UCC for youth from across Massachusetts churches. Since 2008, I have served part-time as the Program Coordinator for Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, an interfaith social action organization based in Newton.
I am trained as a workshop leader and coach by the ReCreation/Conversations with God Foundation, and co-lead workshops to explore the messages from the Conversations with God books. I am also a kriyaban yogi, having been trained in the meditation and yoga techniques of Paramhansa Yogananda. My spirituality, though Christian and Jesus-centered, draws from a well of sources from all spiritual traditions.
I feel a great passion in ministry for writing and leading retreats. I am also passionate about preaching, teaching, spiritual practices, music, spiritual coaching, and mission and peace work. My wife LaToya is from Belize, and will be going back to school at Boston College in January 2010 for her graduate degree in Social Work (with a Global Practice concentration). In the fall of 2009, I am excited to begin my position as the Assistant Pastor of Religious Education at the Eliot Church of South Natick.
Reverend Donna Vuilleumier, Affiliated Minister
Reverend Donna Vuilleumier has been affiliated clergy at Eliot Church since 2006, offering occasional worship leadership and participating on church committees. Donna holds a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, and served for two years as a student minister at the Congregational Church of Harvard (MA). She was ordained in the UCC, and previously served at Grace Church in Framingham as Minister of Christian Education. She is a Chaplain for Vista Care, providing support, education,and spiritual care for hospice patients and their families. Donna supports the community and education aspects of hospice by writing for Care Notes, participating on workshop panel discussions for the MA Hospice and Palliative Care Federation, and is involved with Comfort Zone Camp. She lives in Natick with her husband Bill, a Merchant Marine Captain, and has a grown son and a daughter.
Karyn Barry, Choir Director
Raised in New Orleans, I have lived in New England my whole adult life. I have always been involved in Music and Christian Education. I was a Voice Major at New England Conservatory and have run a music school, worked as a General Music Teacher and been a Christian Education Director. I currently teach private piano in my home. I am delighted to be working with the Eliot Church's dedicated choir members.