Staff

Carlos Jauhola-Straight
Pastor

Carlos joins the First Congregational Church of Pelham United Church of Christ as it’s new pastor starting  June 1st.  Seeking to bridge the gap between old and new, tradition and contemporary, honoring our history and learning to sing songs of the past, present and future, Carlos encouraged all to authentic relationships  where all discover their unique voice.

In worship, Carlos has a passion for color, fabric, art, drama and song.  We are invited to active faith rather than passive, to participate rather than observe. How is God calling you to put your faith into action?

In worship, Carlos has a passion for color, fabric, art, drama and song.  We are invited to active faith rather than passive, to participate rather than observe.   How is God calling you to put your faith into action?

​At home he is a spouse, father, hiker, photographer, coffee-lover, artist, and creator of unique liturgical art and stoles.

Carlos is always eager to share his passion for both coffee and faith and invites parishioners and community members to share a cup of coffee and conversation.  Email him to set up a time.

E-mail: jauholastraightc@gmail.com

Mr. Tom Seniow      
Director of Music

Music Director Thomas Seniow directs the adult Chancel Choir.  Tom holds a bachelor of science degree in music education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a Master of Science degree in music education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Tom has been a public school music teacher for over 25 years. He is currently the director of choirs at Manchester Central High School and has taught previously in the Pelham, NH and Chelsea, MA school systems.

Tom has 2 children- Kendra, 21 and Laura, 17- and 2 step children- Joey and Sarah. Tom sings in the tenor section of the Manchester Choral Society. He and his wife Brenda, whom he met here at church, raise Nigerian dwarf dairy goats and lots of other animals at their Windham home.

 

Amber Beland
Administrative Assistant

Amber is excited to be working with the congregation as the Church Administrator. She grew up in New Hampshire and Vermont in the Unitarian Universalist church, a close cousin to the UCC. She studied cultural anthropology, costume design and construction for the theater and divinity and is currently working on a Psy. D. in Leadership Psychology at William James College in Newton, MA. She lives in Chester, NH with her husband, her three almost grown stepsons and 2 amazing sweet black labs. She loves doing crafts, swimming, and working on family history and genealogy in her spare time.  Come by the church office, introduce yourself and welcome her!

 

Sue Howard
Church Organist/Pianist

Sue Howard has been First Congregational Church’s organist/pianist since 1978.  She was hired after
having been asked to substitute for the church organist at the time, on a Sunday back in the Fall of 1977.
The rest is history!

Sue holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano from Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.
She taught piano at McComb High School in McComb, Mississippi for one year, and has held various
secretarial positions over the years, as well as teaching small groups of piano students from time to
time.

Sue has two grown children and five grandchildren

When not playing for local school choral groups (Central High School in Manchester), playing for
weddings, community events, playing with dance bands, and especially playing at jam sessions at jazz
clubs, Sue enjoys other interests like genealogy, collecting recipes, Scrap-booking, and THE RED SOX!
She also enjoys being a part of Women’s Fellowship and their activities for the church.

 

Laurie Perrone
Sexton

Laurie has been a church member for over 15 years and enjoys having a “Second family”. She has a special love for our Bell Choir, being a member for many years.She has four grown children and three grandchildren and enjoys spending time with her family. Laurie loves to be outside, hiking, walking and enjoying nature. She also enjoys doing cross-stitch.