Reverend Pamela Cochrane, Lead Pastor
Pam joined Maple Street Church in May of 2016 as the Associate Minister of Youth & Families. Her focus in ministry is on community building and welcoming children, youth and families into active worship and learning circles. Pam has a passion for new approaches in faith formation through storytelling, artistic expression and intergenerational experiences helping churches seek to widen their welcome, engage new members and honor timeless church traditions. On January 27, 2019 Maple Street Church called Pam to serve as Lead Pastor during a time of pastoral transition. Serving for a designated term through September of 2020, Pam’s ministry will help guide Maple Street Church into their 175th celebrations and the implementation phase of their visioning for the future.
Pam earned her Masters in Religious Education in 2010 and a Masters in Divinity in 2014, both at Andover Newton Theological School and served as Acting Minister and Director of Children’s Ministries at Hancock United Church of Christ in Lexington, MA, before joining MSC. Pam also served the Congregational Church of Harvard, MA (UCC) as Director of Religious Education and served a year as the Interim Director of Creative Worship and Arts as well as Ministerial Intern at First Church in Cambridge, MA (UCC).
Her ministry includes serving on the Danvers Interfaith Partnership and The Danvers Cares Coalition as Vice Chair. She also currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Chaplains on the Way, an outdoor ministry in Waltham, MA and a Board Member of The Outdoor Church of Cambridge. With in the United Church of Christ, Pam is an active member of the Committee on Ministry for the Northeast Association of the Mass. Conference. Pam holds a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and certificate in Ministerial Leadership from Andover Newton Theological School. Prior to full time ministry, Pam was a curator and gallery director supporting emerging artists in the Boston area. She continues to foster artistic expression in community art projects and faith communities. Pam loves outdoor sculpture treks, retreats and travel and taking hikes with her family and rescue dog Rocky.
Reverend Douglas Vooys, Minister of Pastoral Care
Douglas joined Maple Street Church in May of 2019 as the Minister of Pastoral Care with a Designated Term through September 2020. His focus in ministry is to provide members of the church and the community with spiritual companioning, support, and encouragement and prayerful care as needed. At Sunday Worship and at Prayer and Table, Douglas collaborates with Pastor Pam to build a community of love, support, and praise. He holds a deep passion for welcome and inclusion by offering compassion to all who struggle and mindful attention to those who need to be heard and seen.
Douglas earned his Bachelor’s in Religious Education from Kuyper College in Grand Rapids, Michigan and worked as a licensed social worker for many years before earning his Master’s in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts in 2015. Douglas has completed four units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is currently pursuing certification in Chaplaincy. Douglas’ initial call to ministry was non-traditional – his discernment led him to the spiritual needs of patients in hospital beds and community settings, where chaplains find their congregation every day. He has served as a chaplain at Beverly Hospital since 2017, and now also serves patients at the Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. His coming to Maple Street complements his chaplaincy work by connecting Douglas to similar ministerial calls with the congregation at Maple Street. He also works with the homeless community of Waltham as a board member of Chaplains on the Way, a ministry of presence to those struggling with poverty and homelessness.
Douglas and his husband Paul come to Maple Street as transplants from Boston to downtown Gloucester, which has quickly become home. Douglas and Paul enjoy everything the North Shore offers from walking the beaches, kayaking, spending time with their shih tzus and a big, orange cat and engaging in the rich cultural and historical offerings of Cape Ann.
Kathy Keesey Gross, Director of Music Ministry
Kathy Gross grew up in Durham, NH. Her mother was the organist of the Community Church, UCC, of Durham, and Kathy followed her there, singing in church choirs from the time she was in third grade. She taught herself to play the guitar and studied the flute, but her favorite musical pursuit, by far, was singing. She earned her BA in elementary education with a minor in music a the University of New Hampshire. Asked to begin a middle school age church choir following her graduation, Kathy was suddenly immersed in the joy of directing choral music with young people – and discovered her life’s calling! She pursued opportunities for choral and vocal education through study with Helen Kemp of Westminster Choir College, Jeanette Hile of Seton Hall University, and Kathleen Wilson of the University of New Hampshire. Several years and two thriving church children’s choir programs later, she returned to UNH for her MS in music education, with a concentration in voice study. Kathy began her career as an elementary music teacher in the Beverly, MA Public Schools while continuing her volunteer work with children’s and intergenerational choirs at the Maple Street Church. In 1993, she founded the StarSingers, a community chorus for children, which has since grown into a program of four choruses for Danvers-area young people. Kathy is delighted to be serving as Director of Music Ministry at Maple Street Church, a position she has held since the fall of 2010.
Ji Hye Jung, Assistant Director of Music Ministry
A native of South Korea, Ms. Jung began her piano studies at age 6. After studying piano in Conservatoire National de Région de Paris, France, she came to the United States to study with Nathalia Harlap at the preparatory school of New England Conservatory (NEC) in Boston. Ms. Jung completed her Bachelors degree in piano performance at NEC studying with Patricia Zander and Alexander Korsantia. During her undergraduate degree, she got so thrilled by the sacred sound of organs that she attended organ classes directed by Thomas Handel. This great learning of two different styles of keyboard led her to Maple Street Congregational Church. Currently she is an assistant director of music ministry at Maple Street Church, co-working with Kathy Gross. Besides music, Ms. Jung loves to cook various international foods.
Natalie Hildreth, Office Administrator
Natalie comes to Maple Street Congregational Church after fifteen years of serving Boston-area nonprofits in the development and database management fields. Natalie enjoys gardening and beach days with her husband and two children and she appreciates the friendly community at Maple Street Church and the progressive and inclusive community they promote.
Aaron Bartlett, Sexton
Aaron was born and raised in Derry, NH. He moved to Massachusetts when he married his wife Gayla. They have a beautiful daughter and a cute dog named Lucky. Aaron enjoys working on projects that require his carpentry and mechanical skills; he is taking several trades classes. He enjoys spending time with his family. He likes rock climbing, archery, zip lining and practicing Kung fu. Aaron enjoys being a member of the Maple Street Church.