Jean Feldkamp, Church Moderator
Jay Salsgiver, Vice Moderator
Steve Erban, Church Clerk
Don Alger, Treasurer
Deb DelDotto, Board of Deacons Chair
Our Ministers and Staff
The Rev. Dr. James M. Matarazzo, Jr, Interim Senior Minister
Prior to joining the staff as Interim Minister in July 2019, Jim served as Interim Associate Minister at First Congregational Church in Guilford, Connecticut, for one year. Before that, he was a Lecturer in Theology at Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, England, the largest seminary in the Church of England. He was also a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford. He completed his DPhil (Oxford’s version of a PhD) in Theology at Oxford in 2017. He will teach part-time in the Theology Department at Boston College during his ministry here in Shrewsbury. Jim has worked in the international development/humanitarian relief field for the past 15 years, with most of his work dealing with HIV initiatives in least developed countries, especially sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his time at Oxford, he was based in London where he worked for several church-related agencies, including Norwegian Church Aid and Christian Aid. He has worked as a consultant for the World Council of Churches, Lutheran World Federation, various United Nations agencies and other organizations. He is currently a consultant with GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), the German Government’s development agency, and recently concluded work on a project in Zambia on the issue of the intersect between religiosity and gender-based violence. A native of Boston, Jim was ordained a minister in the United Church of Christ in 2005. He holds additional clergy standing in the Lutheran Church in Great Britain, the Church of England, and the Church of Scotland. He lived in the UK for over 11 years until his return to the States in 2018. An avid traveler, Jim has traveled to over 91 countries and territories. His other hobbies include music (he is a big fan of the Boston band “Guster”), reading, hiking, and wall-climbing.
Curtis Smith, Director of Music
Curtis Smith began studying piano at a young age. His interest in the pipe organ began as an undergraduate piano major at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Since then he has played many pipe organs of varying sizes and shapes, each with their own sound and personality. Curtis is enjoying getting to know the Casavant organ at First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury with its wonderfully prominent bass and sonorous overtones. Curtis received his Master’s of Music degree in piano performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He received his vocal training at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Freiburg, Germany and at the International Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary. As a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, Curtis also enjoys teaching people about sensory motor integration. Curtis serves on the program committee for the Worcester chapter of the American Guild of Organists and teaches piano at Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester. When he’s not playing the organ, piano or harpsichord, Curtis enjoys canoeing, sailing and cycling.
Lauren Morse, Finance Administrator
Benjamin Weiss, Sexton
The Rev. Dr. Paul Adkins, Pastor Emeritus
Paul Adkins served as senior minister for 27 years before retiring from the church in 2010. During his time with us, Rev. Adkins supported the work of the Ecumenical Clergy Group in Shrewsbury. He was very involved in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. In addition, he was also an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School.