Beth Barefoot - Pianist and Organist

Beth Barefoot headshotBeth Barefoot brings energy, enthusiasm, and a love for all styles of music to the sanctuary, moving our hearts and thoughts closer to God. She has held instrumentalist and music- ministry staff positions in the United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church, and Episcopal Church, but her earlier evangelical roots may shine through in her unique style of playing, all to help usher in the Spirit to our worship. A vocalist and classically trained pianist, she studied with Walter Noona (Norfolk) and Julius Chajes (Detroit), as well as with voice teachers Richard Dorr (NYC) and Ellen Chickering (Portland). She moved to Boston in 2014 after a successful music career primarily in church music ministry and musical theater music direction in the Portland, Maine, area.

A proud member of Actors’ Equity, Beth has conducted/musically directed/accompanied/ performed at or with Maine State Music Theatre, Portland’s Good Theater, the University of Southern Maine, community theaters and high school drama programs all over Southern Maine. In addition, she was vocal coach/rehearsal pianist to guest artists with the Portland Symphony Orchestra Pops, and Music Director for several years of the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital “Best of Broadway” benefit held annually at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium.

Also in Maine, she accompanied All-State Choruses and numerous Honors Choirs and was much in demand as accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists alike in concert, recital and recording settings.

Beth was Chair of Fine Arts, including general music classroom teacher, choral director and voice instructor at Maine’s Hebron Academy, but also has considerable experience in the business world. She considers herself a generalist after years of management roles in accounting, marketing and customer service. Currently, she is on staff at Boston University’s School of Music within the College of Fine Arts. 

A graduate of the University of Michigan (Economics), she is pursuing a Master of Science in Arts Administration at BU, and expects to graduate in May 2018.

Seminarians-in-Residence

Seminarians-in-Residence are Boston-area seminary and theology students who have chosen to make OCBC their home congregation. This program recognizes their unique role in the congregation as ministers-in-training and developing theologians, and affords them the collaborative opportunity to connect academic study, theological reflection, and ministerial praxis in a congregational context.

Josh Gregory - Seminarian-in-Residence

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.

 

 

Louisa Fish-Sadin - Seminarian-in-Residence

LouisaLouisa Fish-Sadin is an educator, dance artist, and middle-school teacher from Seattle, WA.  A third-year candidate for the Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, Louisa has focused her final year of study around the intersection of education, religion, and meaning-making in an era of rapid climate change. Claiming both Catholic and Protestant heritage, Louisa meets God in liturgy, in preaching, in sacrament, and in nature. She holds a certificate in Outdoor Environmental Education from the Islandwood Graduate Residency and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice and Cultural Transformation from St. Olaf College.