Meet the Members of our Church Staff

Learn more about our worship leaders

Reverend John Wesley Taylor, Senior Pastor

Born down the road in Framingham and raised in Worcester…the son of a UMC Preacher Man….Husband to Nancy and father to 5 college-aged kids, 4 dogs, 4 cats, and a partridge in a pear tree. This not-yet-famous art major who once taught junior high students is still embracing his days playing HS and College basketball by shooting hoops in an Over-40s League. Passionate about building relationships, about helping people understand that Jesus loves them and always walks with them, and about the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit to transform.

Reverend Elizabeth Kubota, Director of Music Ministries and Church Deacon

Born in New York City, but lived in 6 other places before settling down here in MA….Married for over 40 years to Morio, a mother of 2 adult children…and super close to her own mom, Avis.  At home, you will find her caring for her houseplants, practicing her harp (she owns two!), or studying Japanese.  She loves loves loves to travel – she’s at 19 countries and counting!  Passionate about music, music ministry, and pastoral ministry at the church.

Stephanie Shepardson, Director Christian Education

Hails from West Springfield, MA….married to Chad and proud owner of Crazy Maizy the cat….Enjoys long walks with her hubby in the great outdoors and frequently changing it up and having fun with her hair color (brown, red, rainbow…)….her happy place is anywhere in Maine and her passion is planting and nurturing seeds of faith in youth and then watching that faith grow with them.

Cynthia Hamburger, Director Handbell Choirs

Originally from Jersey City, NJ….two grown children, Jim and Laura, and proud grandma to 5 grandchildren.  An avid reader who loves to do needlework and goes line dancing twice a week!   She loves to spend quality time with her grandchildren and is passionate about handbells!!

Gina Downing, Operations Manager

Native Bay Stater……Married for 25 years to hubby Jim….mother of 4 kids in addition to the Instagram celebrity, Charlie the Chocolate Lab…..not afraid to get lost exploring while traveling to new places….Martha Stewart wanna-be - enjoys giving second life to repurposed items….and a true believer that if you want to get something done, just assemble a group of passionate church volunteers and then watch out!