Meet Our Pastors
Preacher Rusty Chadwick
ROGER "RUSTY" CHADWICK - BIO Rusty lives in Boxford with his wife, Stephanie, and her elderly mother and stepfather. Stephanie is an OR nurse at MGH-Danvers and IVF in Waltham. They have 4 boys, 3 of who were born within 14 months of each other. Three of them are Eagle Scouts. The other one (their youngest by 13 minutes!) is a Marine. As they grew up, Rusty coached them in three sports, was Scoutmaster for their Scout Troop, served one term on the Boxford Elementary School Committee, played centerfield for the worst softball team in Boxford and hunted and fished rather poorly.
Collectively, they have trained or driven through just about every state in the lower 48 and visited many MLB parks along the way. Rusty has preached in Salem, Saugus, Haverhill and at both churches in Boxford. At his previous church, he was a deacon, youth leader, mission trip leader, preacher, lay reader, worship actor, usher, Sunday school teacher, church clerk, confirmation mentor and also ran the church’s Rib & Shoe Fests and some of its Harvest Suppers. When Stephanie and he met, Rusty was roughly half way through to a Masters in Divinity (the prerequisite to ordination in the UCC) but a focus on family ended the process. After being divorced in 2017, Stephanie and Rusty remarried in 2020 with their boys as witnesses. They continue to learn much about marriage and have come to value their previous struggles. Despite having a vision of Jesus when he was a young Catholic child, Rusty spent some years in synagogues (where he learned how to preach) and mosques (where he learned how to pray). Then, Christ reminded him Who runs the universe. As part of his searching, he traveled to Venezuela, Bolivia, and Israel. Rusty is sometimes found at his law practice in Nashua, New Hampshire and he travels to courtrooms, jails and prisons all over the Granite State. In ten years as a prosecutor, he managed the southern office of the Hillsborough County Attorney, participated in hundred of interviews of child witnesses and ran an Internet Task Force. For those efforts, he received awards from the Nashua Child Advocacy Center and the Attorney General's Office. To stave off empty nest syndrome in 2020, he created a Polar Bear character to become an active member of Extinction Rebellion (an environmental protest group), joined a prison Bible fellowship group, but those activities have been curtailed. He is currently on leadership groups for the Salvation Army and Common Ground (a homeless ministry) and in Kiwanis, all of those groups are based in Haverhill (MA) where he grew up. In the COVID summer of 2020, he biked 1,890 miles to match the distance from the Washington Monument to the Wounded Knee Memorial, SD to raise funds for the Pine Ridge Reservation where he had been with one of his sons on a church mission trip. He has handled weddings and funerals and written then performed a one man play about Judas Iscariot. He has taught at several legal education seminars and at a UCC conference. Few things make him happier than preaching the Gospel.
Rev Patricia Long
The Leadership Team is pleased to announced that Rev. Patricia Long has rejoined our Church’s ministry team. Her role is to provide pastoral care and meet with the Compassionate Care Group. In addition, she will lead all Communion Services until a settled minister is on board. Rev. Patricia's office hours at the Church will be Wednesdays 3:00-5:00 p.m., and Thursday 9:00-11:00 a.m. It would be best if folks made an appointment to be sure that Rev. Patricia is not visiting someone at home or in the hospital.
There will also be special liturgies periodically to address people’s needs and concerns. For example there will be a Service of Healing, a Blue Christmas Liturgy, and a weekly Contemplative Circle. Rev Patricia can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 781-941-6663
New Music Director, Bill Thompson
The NVC Music Committee is pleased to announce that we have a new Organist/ Church Musician starting at the beginning of September. Bill is a lifelong organist and choir director having accepted his first position at the age of 16. Since then, he has served churches large and small in various locations. He studied organ throughout high school and at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. He also studied voice for four years in preparation for training choirs. Church music has always been a sideline for Bill who spent most of his career in Television and other aspects of the visual media.
He worked at WGBH and WBZ here in Boston and served two years in the Peace Corps in Columbia as a producer-director in Educational TV. He and his wife, Bernadette (Bunny), recently moved to Swampscott from Atlanta, GA in order to be near their son and his family. Bill is excited to be serving NVC and has grand plans for growing the music ministry with God’s help and NVC’s. Details to follow. Please introduce yourself to Bill and extend a warm welcome.