Staff

eric2Senior Pastor
Reverend Eric D. Stroshine
reveric@fcchanover.org

Rev. Eric has been Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church of Hanover since July 2011. He is a native of Massachusetts and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale University Divinity School. He also has studied at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, and completed clergy clinics in family emotional process in Bowen family system theory at the Lombard Mennonite Peace Center in Chicago. He is presently pursuing part time a Master’s Degree in social work and counseling at Boston University.  In 26 years of ministry, he has served churches in the Southeast, New England, and the Midwest.  In addition to his church service, he is a Big Brother with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a volunteer tutor for a third grade class at Cedar Elementary School in Hanover.  He founded tutoring ministries at inner cities elementary schools in two communities where he served. He has been a Religion Writer for major metropolitan newspapers and presently writes a monthly column which appears in many South Shore newspapers, including the Mariner, and online media sites.

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Director of Christian Education
Jamie Schell
jamie@fcchanover.org

Jamie is a senior at Bridgewater State University, an active member of the church who has attended several church sponsored mission trips, taught Sunday School, and was very involved as a child in our Sunday School and youth ministries.  Jamie has been in her position since August 2015.  She is responsible for helping the Sunday School program run smoothly.

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Director of Christian Education Special Events
Joel Barrett
joel@fcchanover.org

Joel is the assistant principal at Cedar Elementary School in Hanover.  Joel and his wife Kerstin, pictured with him above, are the parents of three children in our Sunday School program.  Joel plans special events such as Vacation Bible School and Christmas pageant. Joel began serving the church in August 2015.

chadMinister of Music
Chad Weirick
chad@fcchanover.org

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Chad is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (composition) and currently lives with his partner David in the Boston area. At the age of 15, Chad graduated high school and went on to become the Organist at Radio City Music Hall, for which he gained a listing in ‘Ripley’s Believe it or Not!’ He also played piano for many different Broadway shows and directed many theater groups before finally moving to Boston to attend school. In addition to being the Minister of Music, he currently is the Assistant Musical Director and Principal Accompanist for the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus and also works in the choral department at Wellesley High School. Many groups and artists have recorded/performed his arrangements including the Boston Pops.

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Office Administrator
Susan Vetterlein

office@fcchanover.org

Susan is responsible for arranging all building rentals, doing the weekly worship bulletin and running the church office.  Susan is an active member of The First Congregational Church of Plympton, is a graduate of Gordon College, and has a home and pet services business. She began serving the church in November 2013.

Mike Kokernak

Sexton
Mike Kokernak
mike@fcchanover.org

Church Sexton Mike is responsible for cleaning and maintaining our buildings. He began serving the church in March 2015. Mike recently retired as the facilities and production manager for a publisher of construction cost data books. Mike is member of the church, where he serves as an usher and on the Stewardship Committee.

Carol GillisTreasurer and Youth Director
Carol Gillis
carol@fcchanover.org

Carol supports the finance committee in the management of the Church’s finances. She works at Arbella Insurance as a senior research analyst and is a graduate of Boston College.  Carol leads the Senior High Fellowship, is the Mission Trip Coordinator and is on staff as the one who provides guidance and program support to the junior and senior high youth fellowships.