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1151 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 864 9275
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The Rev. Cody J. Sanders, Ph.D. - Pastor

Cody At OCBC, Cody engages in a shared ministry with the staff and congregation, providing ministerial leadership in the areas of preaching and worship, pastoral care, Christian education and social justice enablement, organizational development, and community outreach. Cody and the congregation were drawn together by a mutually shared commitment to concerns of peace and justice, putting faith into action to cultivate redemptive communities that listen to and learn from people on the margins.

 
Originally from South Carolina, Cody previously served on ministerial staff in congregations in North Carolina and Georgia and most recently as the Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, California. He also trained as a counselor in a residential psychiatric treatment facility in Atlanta, Georgia, and a pastoral counseling center in Dallas, Texas, and has experience in both hospital and community chaplaincy.
 
Cody earned the Ph.D. in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. His dissertation was titled, “Re-Visioning the Care of Souls: The Praxis of Pastoral Care in the Context of LGBTQ Suicide.” He earned the M.Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, the M.S. in community counseling from Mercer, and the B.A. in religious studies and psychology from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
 
Cody is the author of Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives (Faithlab, 2013), winner of the National Bronze Medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards, coauthor of Microaggressions in Ministry: Confronting the Hidden Violence of Everyday Church (Westminster John Knox, 2015), and editor of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Resource for Congregations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America, 2013). He has authored theological journal articles addressing the intersection of sexuality, justice, and Christian faith in journals such as Theology & Sexuality and Pastoral Psychology, as well as social science journals such as The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling. His public theological writings appear in The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Believe Out Loud, and Baptist News Global.
 
Cody co-coordinates the Racial Justice and Multiculturalism Community within the Alliance of Baptists and serves on the boards of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists.

Cody can be reached at pastor@oldcambridgebaptist.org

Thomas Jones — Minister of Music

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Thomas Jones has a career spanning more than 30 years as a performer and appears with orchestras, opera companies, choral ensembles, pops concerts and on recital series throughout North America, Europe and the West Indies.  Critics from coast to coast have hailed his performances as elegant, passionate, expressive and sensitive.  Richard Buell of The Boston Globe calls the vocal and stage presence of Thomas Jones "irresistible".  Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times proclaims that Mr. Jones sings "with plush sounds and musical vigor".

Mr. Jones’ solo appearances include The Santa Fe Symphony, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, The Apollo Chorus of Chicago, The San Francisco City Chorus and Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir and The Canadian Broadcast Orchestra, The Phoenix Bach Choir, The Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, The Dessoff Choirs of New York City, New York's St. Cecilia Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, The Omaha Symphony, The Pacific Chorale and The Pacific Symphony in Southern California, The Battle Creek Symphony (Michigan), The Billings Symphony (Montana),The Louisville Bach Society at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, DC, The Simon Sinfonietta of Washington, DC., The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bucks County Choral Society and The Philadelphia Festive Arts Orchestra under conductor Robert Page. 

Thomas Jones has sung on recital series coast to coast in the USA and in the cities of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen among others.

Festival appearances include Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Berkshire Choral Festival, The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Great Waters Music Festival, Monadnock Music and Hotchkiss Portals Series. Opera companies include Boston Lyric Opera, The Harrisburg Opera Company of Pennsylvania and Opera New England.  In metropolitan Boston, appearances include The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Orchestra, The Back Bay Chorale, Coro Allegro, The Cape Cod Symphony, The Worcester Symphony, The Nashua Symphony, The Providence Singers, New England Classical Singers, The Monadnock Chorus and The Masterworks Chorale.

Mr. Jones has soloed with well over 150 choruses throughout The USA, appearing under the baton of notable maestros such as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, Thomas Dunn, John Alexander, Jon Washburn, Daniel Beckwith, Joel Revzen, Robert Page, Jung-Ho Pak, John Oliver, William Gray, Stephen Simon, Tom Hall and Gerald Mack.  And, he has premiered new works by composers such as Libby Larson, Dave Brubeck, John Goodman and others. Contemporary pops concerts have recently been an added dimension to his 25 year career.  Those series feature music from the American Songbook and a vast array of musical theater composers.  Recordings include Handel “Messiah” for National Public Radio and Handel “Samson” with the Canadian Broadcast Orchestra and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Thomas Jones was a semifinalist in the International Bel Canto Foundation Vocal Competition and a semifinalist in the New York Oratorio Competition.  His theater experiences range from summer stock companies in multiple roles from Gershwin to Sondheim.  In addition, Mr. Jones is an accomplished voice teacher and choral clinician, having conducted vocal master classes and choral clinics throughout the United States at colleges, high schools and for community, church and professional choruses.  He has adjudicated at dozens of solo competitions and choral festivals throughout the country. Thomas Jones has been teaching voice through the Office for the Arts at Harvard University for 25 years.  He also served as vocal coach for Harvard University’s “Hasty Pudding Theatricals” for 10 years and is the voice clinician for the Harvard Freshman Arts Program.

Thomas Jones became Director of Music at Old Cambridge Baptist Church in 2002.  Under his direction, the choir has recorded a CD entitled “Total Praise”.  Members of the choir have had the unique privilege of singing in various locations in Europe in the past five years. In the summer of 2010, they sang at several historic Biblical sites in Turkey and Greece , including Ephesus, Corinth and ancient Pergamum.  In 2013, they traveled to Italy and in 2015, Portugal and Spain. In June of 2011, the choir sang the morning Pentecost Service  at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Experienced singers interested in singing with The Choir of Old Cambridge Baptist Church can contact Thomas Jones at music@oldcambridgebaptist.org.  The choir sings an eclectic balance of repertoire that reflects the conjunction of the arts in worship while bringing to bear peace and justice concerns.

Kathy Maskell — Organist and Pianist

kathy smallKathy Maskell, a lifelong church musician, has a varied and rich musical background.  She studied organ with Donald Willing at New England Conservatory and piano with Bob Winter, pianist with the Boston Pops.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Music Education degree from Boston University.  Kathy has been a highly successful piano instructor both in her home studio and in the many years she owned and directed MusicWorks, Inc. a commercial music education facility offering lesson in piano, voice, guitar, strings and drums.

Her interest in music technology has led her to give presentations on the subject at national conferences for both Music Teachers National Association and the National conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.  Her music technology articles have been published in Clavier Companion, a periodical for piano teachers.  Since 2003 Kathy has been adjunct professor at Regis College in Weston, MA teaching piano classes, music theory, keyboard ensemble and several independent studies with students interested in vocal arranging and counterpoint.  Kathy has been organist and pianist here at Old Cambridge Baptist Church since 2003 also, happily returning to collaborate with Thomas Jones after their tenure at Tremont Temple Baptist Church.  With her background in technology, Kathy aids the OCBC choir with rehearsal compact disks as they prepare for special holiday services.  The choir has performed her composition "Send Down Your Spirit" written for choir and piano.  Her background in composition and arranging has given her opportunities to write original music for keyboard ensembles and most recently incidental music for the children's book "Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig" by David Rottenberg.  Kathy continues to explore musical opportunities to enhance her musicianship and to benefit her students.

 

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