Staff Bios

Kent Allen – Pastor

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Kent is a native New Englander, who served two Massachusetts churches before arriving here at First Parish as Senior Pastor 2007.  During his time at First Parish, he has been especially impressed with the church’s willingness to try new things, to stretch and to grow, and to reach out to the community and beyond with such generosity. Kent appreciates the depth of the congregation, the weekly Peace Prayers, the working relationships of the staff, and the commitment individuals have to live out their faith and to follow Jesus.  He doesn’t mind that they like to laugh as well! Kent likes old cars, the Red Sox, good books, running, a good tennis match, traveling and taking bicycle trips.  His favorite activity is to spend time with his family and friends, especially these days with their grandsons Jonah, Levon and Henry.  Kent and Susan have been married 38 years, and have 2 adult children, Josh (partner Linda) and Christine (partner Nate). This year Kent prepares for his retirement on April 30, 2019.  Read Kent’s most recent newsletter article here.

Kate Dalton – Pastor

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Kate joined the First Parish team in September of 2010 as the Associate Pastor after journeying through the corporate world of engineering, sales, and materials management.  Kate is passionate about making connections between faith and culture and is always on the lookout for thought provoking articles, books and movie to share.  She works with the church school and youth programs at First Parish and enjoys opportunities that allow her to be creative.  Kate will assume the role of settled Senior Pastor upon Kent’s retirement. Read Kate’s most recent newsletter article here.


Amanda Gale – Music DirectorAmanda






EvanEvan Cuddy – Organist/Pianist



Lyn Glassock – Administrator





Nancy Gorden – Administrator

Claire Studley – Bookkeeper





DonDon Bruce – Sexton