Meet Our Staff
I'm very excited to join this community, most recently from West Brookfield, MA. My introduction into ministry began when I served as the Director of Youth Ministries at the United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry in 2012, and my service with youth continued at Sudbury United Methodist Church. In 2016, I began working with Simple Church, a dinner church ministry based in Grafton and Worcester, MA, as a Ministry Intern where I helped lead services, fundraise, and build connections with the community. After graduating from Boston University School of Theology in 2018, I began serving George Whitefield United Methodist Church as Pastor in 2019, eventually adding on the role of Coordinating Pastor for Simple Church. My commitment to caring for the congregation through worship services, Bible studies, prayer circles, and pastoral care is also mirrored by my commitment to serve the local community in various ways, including a passion for reducing food insecurity and connecting folks with needed resources. My work with Lovin' Spoonfuls, a non-profit organization that delivers excess food from grocery stores to food pantries and shelters, continues to make an incredible impact in the Boston, Metrowest, and Springfield regions in bridging the gap between abundance and need.
Lay Pastor Alan McCall
I am very excited and blessed to be joining the staff at the First United Methodist Church of Stoughton. For several years I have been called into ministry and am looking forward to seeing what GOD has planned for this congregation.
My calling began in 2010 when I attended a worship service at the Harbor United Methodist Church in Scituate. I felt a connection to Jesus Christ and knew then that I had spiritual gifts that needed to be shared. Over the next several years I obtained a Lay Servant Certification, and a Certification to Preach. I became a Lay Leader, Church Council Chair, Worship Committee Member, and Event Planner. Five years ago, I began attending St. Nicholas UMC in Hull, where I live, and continued in a leadership role there.
While my involvement with the church was growing, so was my career at Father Bill's and Mainspring, an agency which shelters and houses homeless families and individuals. Currently, I manage a Work Ready program which prepares and places our participants into employment and training programs. I have also been heavily involved with charity work through the Scots’ Charitable Society, the oldest charitable organization in the western hemisphere. I am entering my fifth and final year as President. The charity gives financial assistance to folks of Scottish descent in the form of hardship relief and college scholarships.
I am a native of Norwood, MA and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Communications at Fitchburg State University. I have been a high school soccer and basketball coach and as a sportswriter/cable TV commentator for the past 20 years. My wife Cindy and I reside in Hull.
Music Director Eric Anderson, Jr.
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.
Musician Emeritus Evelyn Ginsberg
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.