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4. Meet Our Staff

Our Pastor:
Rev. Roberta L. Williams

1972 Graduate of Brookline High School 1977 B.A. University of Denver 1977-1978 Nanny in Munich, Germany 1979 Cook: Boston University’s kosher kitchen at Hillel, Summer at BU’s Tanglewood program 1982 Master of Divinity at United (Methodist) Theological Seminary, Dayton Ohio 1982-present Elder-New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I have served United Methodist churches in: Mansfield, Needham, Braintree, Watertown, Scituate, East Hartford/Vernon Connecticut, Wellfleet MA, Martha’s Vineyard. 1988 I was a delegate to Jursidictional Conference 1998 Six-week exchange with a Methodist pastor in Retford, England. 1985, 1989, and 2002 Travel to Israel with various Protestant educational groups Served on the Board of Ordained Ministries *7 years as the Chair of Parsonage sub-committee Chairperson of the Metro Boston District Board of Ordained Ministries Took youth groups for ten years to NYC for mission and sightseeing. My father attended Boston University School of Theology. He was a clergy in the NE Annual Conference: North Andover, Leominister, and The United Parish in Brookline. My mother was an educator in the Boston Public Schools. I have three siblings. For ten years my nephew has run a weekly dinner for the homeless at Old West United Methodist Church on Beacon Hill, Boston.


Musicians

Eric Anderson, Church Musician

I’d like to thank everyone for welcoming me as organist and pianist into the FUMC family.  I previously served in that role, as well as choir director, for Christ Church UM in Wellesley for two years.  In fact, they had initially hired me just as a pianist, but encouraged me to give their pipe organ a try.  And once I did, I was hooked!  It’s such a wonderful instrument for leading worship, and it’s always a pleasure to be on the bench.

Before moving to Stoughton, my husband Alexander and I lived in Bloomington, Indiana, where he grew up, and where I had gone to school to study piano at the IU Jacobs School of Music.  When he was offered a post-doctoral gig in 2014 with the Harvard Medical School, we packed up and moved east, and it’s been a fascinating journey to discover how best to fit myself into the massive music and arts scene that is the Greater Boston area.  Currently, in addition serving this congregation, I’m music-directing for the Wellesley Theatre Project as well as teaching privately out of my own studio here in Stoughton.  I’m also a member of Stoughton’s Cultural Council, which has been a great way to get to know more about the community.




Evelyn Ginsberg, Musician Emeritus

Evelyn grew up in Stoughton and graduated from Stoughton High in 1942.  Both of her parents came from Nova scotia.  Her first job was in a bank in Boston.  She left there after a year to work in Civil Service at the Navy Headquarters in Boston.  After five years she then left to have her second child. She has four daughters, eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  She later worked at Merkert Enterprises in Canton, MA for many years, and upon retiring, she attended and graduated from Massasoit Community College in the year 2000.