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Pastor Paul Sangree

Senior Pastor

I have a passion for the local church as a welcoming place where people’s lives can be touched and transformed by the power of a living God. I know that some people see the church as boring, but not me! It is my prayer that the Congregational Church of Westborough will be a place where you (and your family) can be at home, where we can help you (and your family) grow in your faith, where you can discover more joy and peace and hope and build a solid foundation for your life.

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Reverend Elaine Gaetani

Pastor of Spiritual Development

Serving as the Associate Pastor since Thanksgiving 2005, I am especially interested in helping people develop their faith life, deepen their spiritual life and to also call forth the God-given gifts of each person. With a background in teaching, pastoral counseling, spirituality, retreat leadership and direction it is deeply satisfying to watch God’s people grow in wholeness, faith and service through the Holy Spirit. We offer adult education, small group ministries, retreats and mission that seek to do just this. Come and see that God is so Good!

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Wendy Reardon

Director of Childrens' and Youth Ministries

I believe that all people have God’s love, spirit, compassion and power within themselves. A light that we each carry. That light needs to be discovered and nurtured, fueled and exercised! That is what I believe Christian education is, an opportunity to discover who you are and why you are. Sunday School and Youth Groups meetings are opportunities to learn and grow in our faith and most importantly to act upon our beliefs and passions, empowering our youth to transform the world, making it the place God intended.

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Clayton Heidbreder

Minister of Music

From a young age, I've always found my faith best through music. I believe that music employed in congregational worship is an important way to both bring praise to God, and to spiritually enrich those who sing, play, or listen. After attending St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and receiving my Bachelor of Music in Church Music, I was called here to serve as your new Minister of Music. The Congregational Church of Westborough has been nothing but friendly and welcoming, and it is my hope that many others will join this wonderful church community!

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Sue Menzel

Director of Bell Choirs

When I moved to Westboro in 1977, I was looking to reconnect with a Congregational church. From my first visit I have felt welcomed and accepted as a child of God. Over the years I have been involved in the musical life of the church through singing and directing all ages of Handbell choirs. In addition I have enjoyed many of the opportunities offered, such as a variety of committees, retreats, bookstudies and social events. To paraphrase one my favorite sayings, "A week without Sunday Worship is like a week without the light of Jesus".

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Linda Hartley

Pastoral Associate

After a year as the field education student here at the Congregational Church of Westborough, I am blessed to be back this year as a Pastoral Associate. Sharing in worship and in community here, I continually feel the support and love of our congregation as I travel along my journey to ordained ministry. Currently, I am a senior at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA. Prior to seminary, I taught Political Science for many years at several colleges in the Northeast. Feeling a strong call to ministry in 2013, I put my teaching career aside and began classes at Andover Newton in January of 2014. In the spring of 2015, I entered into discernment for ordination with the Rhode Island Conference of the United Church of Christ. I am truly blessed to be part of such a supportive and joy-filled community here at our church.

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Doug Uhlman

Director of Mens' Ministry

I have been a member of the Congregational Church all my life. I attended church school here in my youth. In 2013 I graduated from Bethal Seminary of the east with a certificate in Men’s Ministry Leadership. We now have a men’s ministry program that is an ecumenical group with men from 3 or 4 different local churches. We have a Mens' Breakfast once a month and we also meet every Wednesday morning at the McDonald’s restaurant on Route 30 in Westborough from 6am to 7am. Please consider joining us for discussion and fellowship.

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Rev Matt Carriker

Mission Pastor for Agape Spiritual Community

At present, thanks to the support of The Congregational Church of Westborough, I am helping begin a new UCC church start called “Agape Spiritual Community” in Waltham, MA. I am grateful to the Westborough Church and their leadership for offering many different forms of support as Agape’s parent church. There are many ways to support Agape as it comes into existence, so please contact me if you feel called to use your gifts to help plant a new church! In addition to being the pastor at Agape, I am also the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University, and I co-facilitate confirmation, youth, and adult spiritual formation retreats through the Massachusetts Conference UCC. My beautiful wife LaToya and I live together in Waltham.

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Pete Graham


In 2013, my family found our church home at The Congregational Church of Westborough. It was immediately obvious to us that this church sincerely lives its mission of being a welcoming community. From our first Sunday, my beautiful wife Rachel and I felt embraced by the people we met, and this warmth of genuine welcome allowed us a safe place to explore our faith through small groups and classes. It was in this nurturing environment of loving friendships and spiritual growth that I heard and accepted my call into ministry, a decision that I had wrestled with for some time. I am now newly enrolled in seminary at Andover Newton Theological School and plan to seek ordination through the United Church of Christ. I’m excited to be starting on this new path and I am so grateful to my church family for their encouragement, prayer, and support.

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