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The Reverend Robert A. Everett, Ph D The Rev. Dr. Robert A. Everett was called as the settled pastor of Second Church of Plymouth on January 2, 2014. Pastor Everett was the Pastor of Emanuel Church, UCC in Irvington, NJ, Cadman Church in Brooklyn, NY, and Ridgeview Congregational Church in White Plains, NY prior to moving to Plymouth. He was ordained as a United Church of Christ minister in 1974. He was the Vice moderator and Moderator of the Metropolitan Association of New York for three years. At the heart of Pastor Everett’s theology is the belief that God’s grace is far greater than we can understand. God loves us just as we are, but God also has greater plans for us. Everett is very interested in the Healing Ministry of the church. He has a firm commitment to social justice and the church’s role in speaking out again injustice and unrighteousness, following the teachings of Scripture. His favorite theologian is Reinhold Niebuhr. He spends much time reading and studying about prayer and Celtic theology. Pastor Bob sees his primary role as a pastor as caring for the souls of his people. He is also very involved in helping those with addictions of any kind. Pastor Everett holds an A.B. degree from the University of Georgia, a M.Div. and S.T.M. from Yale University, and a M.Phil. and a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University in New York. He was both a University Fellow and President’s Fellow at Columbia. Pastor Everett received at grant to study at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He also received a N.E.H. grant to study at Yeshiva University in New York. He published a book in 1992 entitled, Christianity without Antisemitism: James Parkes and the Jewish-Christian Encounter. He has published many articles and book reviews. He has also taught at a number of colleges. He has lectured at events in Canada, Israel, and England. He has been very involved in Jewish-Christian relations for many years. Pastor Bob is married to Kimberly Everett. She is a nurse in the Special Care Nursery at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital in Plymouth, and she also works doing Pediatric home care. She has been a nurse for over thirty years. They have a blended family of seven children: Stephanie, Mandy, Amanda, Joshua, Kelsey, Jesse and Michelle. They have four grandchildren: Zach, Alex, Emma and Landon. As they are both animal lovers, they have numerous cats and a dog. Pastor Bob is fond of traditional country music and country gospel, Celtic music, classical music and music from the late ‘60s.
Debra Sue Richters, Secretary: I grew up in Manomet and have lived (other than two years working at Walt Disney World!) in the area my entire life. My husband, Darryl, and I have five children. Working at the church feels like something I should have been doing all along. The entire church family are such welcoming people, I cannot imagine ever leaving. My grandmother told me long ago, ”If you dread going to work in the morning, you need to find a different job.” So true! I have been with Second Church since June 2012, and I look forward to coming to work every day.
Jane Costa-Elliott, Organist and Music Director Growing up as a preacher’s kid, I was involved with church music all my life. As a teenager I played guitar and piano for Sunday School and Youth Group meetings. I also participated as a singer in many school musicals and concerts, and participated in a renowned Handbell Choir in Bakersfield, California for three years. After much encouragement from my mother, I started out as a full-time Organist at the First Baptist Church in Hanson, Mass., in 1993, and also served as interim Choir Director. From there I was the Organist at First Baptist Church in Plymouth. In 2005, I was driving by Second Church, and there was a sign on the hill “Organist Wanted” and I felt in my heart that this is where God wanted me to be. I applied and have been the Organist/Choir Director ever since.
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