The Rev. Jean Chapman - Minister to the Homeless

Jean Chapman photoRev. Chapman was born and raised in upstate New York near Buffalo and moved to Boston in 1981. 

She received the Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, attended Boston University School of Social Work, and from 2003 until 2012, Rev. Chapman ministered to homeless persons as part of pastoral team of The Outdoor Church of Cambridge. She continues to serve as a liaison between OCBC and The Outdoor Church and provides coordination and leadership in the area of pastoral care to the congregation at OCBC.

Previous Artists-in-Residence and Seminary Interns

Linda J. Chase - 2016 Composer-in-Residence

lindaComposer and improvising flutist Linda J. Chase has been writing music for Old Cambridge Baptist church for over 20 years. During this time she has been honored to join composer/pianist Douglas T. Koch for his Epiphany Jazz Mass and other improvisational collaborations. Winning the Kaji Aso Composition Competition in 2007 instigated her incorporating poetry and spoken word into many of her pieces. In 2008 she composed a concert length piece based on Rumi poetry. In 2011 Ms. Chase received a fellowship from the Japan Foundation to explore the relationship between sound and silence in Japan but she ended up composing music based on Japanese poetry and reflections of her time during the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. In 2012 Linda spent a month as Artist in Residence at the Grand Canyon National Park where she composed pieces inspired by the beauty, reverence and conservation of the canyon. That year she also collaborated in concert with poet Jane Hirshfield for a performance of music and poetry. Linda is a Professor of music at Berklee College of Music, and leads the Interdisciplinary Connections Ensemble at New England Conservatory. Other courses of her design include: Music, Spirit & Transformation, Music Collaborations in the Arts, and Eco-Musicology. She is in process of writing a book on inter-arts collaboration called, Painting Music, Dancing Poems. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Sustainability through Music Education focusing on Contemplative Eco-Aesthetics and holds degrees from Evergreen State College, Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory of Music. Ms. Chase is the founder and director of her own collaborative new music group Wild Garden Chamber Ensemble, which seeks to transcend traditional boundaries of composition, improvisation, poetry and visual expression. She has written for many chamber combinations, choir, spoken word, jazz songs and has recorded 6 CDs of original music. She also leads contemplative music and nature retreats.

The major composition she undertakes at OCBC in 2016 is titled, "Disturbance of the Spirit!" Most hymns and sacred pieces do not depict the Spirit as something to disturb us or shake us up. The music is, instead, usually very calm. This composition seeks to embody the idea of the Spirit's potential to disturb us and shake us from our calm.

The texts Linda is engaging thus far are from the books of Jeremiah, Psalms, Proverbs with the possible addition of Revelation and Acts. There will be two "hymns" imbedded in the composition that will be sung by the OCBC choir and the congregation. Later, those melodies will be able to be extracted and sung alone - with just piano or organ accompaniment - as congregational hymns. The extended piece that Linda is writing that precedes, surrounds and follows these "hymns" will be written for voices, strings, winds, and percussion along with choir and congregation. The piece will premier at OCBC in late fall. Linda is engaging in theological conversation about the composition with theologian and OCBC member, Harvey Cox, Jr.

Josh Gregory - 2016/2017 Seminary Intern

Josh GregoryBorn and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Josh majored in religious studies and minored in both hermeneutics and poetry at Swarthmore College where he graduated in 2015 with High Honors before enrolling at Harvard Divinity School as an M.Div candidate. Having rediscovered his Baptist roots at Old Cambridge Baptist Church, Josh works to cultivate a ministry that, like OCBC itself, attests not only to the vibrancy and plurality of the Baptist tradition but, through creativity and collaboration, can disrupt the expectations of conventional Christian worship.