Meet Our Clergy & Staff

Rev. Christine S. Boardman, Intentional Interim Pastor

Rev. Christine S. Boardman was born on Easter 1950 and raised in northwest Ohio. She is the youngest of four daughters of a pastor and an elementary school teacher. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in voice and an M.M. from the University of Illinois.

While living in NYC pursuing a career in opera, Rev. Boardman enrolled in Union Theological Seminary. Since her ordination in 1984 in Killington, VT, Christine has served several settled pastorates and has served as a staff member of the Iowa, Maine, Illinois, Ohio, Pacific Northwest and the Illinois South Conferences of the United Church of Christ. More recently she has answered a call to interim ministry, taking additional training in this unique ministry and serving as an interim pastor for churches in Vermont and Pennsylvania. She currently resides half-time in Springfield, VT, and will be in Exeter Wednesdays through Sundays.  Please see Interim Transition Document / Timeline here.

She can be contacted at CBoardman@exetercongchurch.org

 

Jen Daysa, Director of Youth & Family Ministries

Jen Daysa was hired in October 2010 to minister to our youth and families. She hails from Redmond, WA. A graduate of Whitworth University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she comes to us with a wide array of experience ranging from hospital chaplaincy to homeless ministry to directing middle and high school programs. She takes a special interest in creative worship, outdoor ministry, and nurturing spiritual development. On her days off, you will probably find her with her family kayaking, hiking, snowboarding, traveling or trying out a new recipe.

She can be contacted at JDaysa@exetercongchurch.org

 

Kimberley Karchenes, Director of Music

Kimberley has received her Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from the University of  Lowell, and comes to us with 24 years of experience as an organist, and pianist.  Kimberley lives with her husband Dana in Cape Neddick, Maine. She recently served as the Associate Director of Music Ministry at First Parish Church in York Maine. While there she developed a hand bell and chime choir, a high school choir, and conducted & rehearsed the children’s choir and senior choir.  Kimberley has also played the organ and piano for weddings and funeral services.

Kim has also been a performing artist with chamber orchestras, summer theater musicals, works as an accompanist for Seaglass Performing Arts, Seacoast Community Chorus, and Women Singing Out. In addition, she has taught piano for 22 years to children and adults in a wide age range, and planned their recitals.

She can be contacted at  KK@ exetercongchurch.org

 

Mary McLeod, Desk Receptionist

Mary comes to us from Rhode Island where she worked as a paralegal for many years. She has been employed in the church office since 2014. Her office is located at 12 Center St. rear. To see her for any of your business needs, please stop by during business hours, Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm.  (9am to noon in the summer)

She can be contacted at 603-772-4216 or Office@ exetercongchurch.org

 

Renay Allen-Hitzrot, Web Communications

Renay Allen holds a Masters In Business Communications from Southern New Hampshire University. She is the Webmistress of this site, the editor of the monthly Tower newsletter, and very interested in Sustainability. Renay is also a NH Justice of the Peace. She works part-time and virtual.

She can be contacted at editor@ exetercongchurch.org

 

Faith P. Walsh,  Financial Services Manager

Faith Walsh holds degrees in Accounting from Southern new Hampshire University, and is a CPA. Faith has been employed at the church doing the books and the pledges since 2006. In the past she has been a trustee and a treasurer for the church. Currently, she rings in the handbell choir. Please contact her if you have questions on your pledges or donations.

 

She can be contacted at FWalsh@exetercongchurch.org 

 Jim Walsh, Sexton

 

To view committee chairpersons and volunteer lay leadership, please see the annual report, housed under the “About Us” tab.