Staff Bios

Merri Carlson, Christian Education Director, Certified in Christian Education by the NH UCC
Merri’s passion for Christian education began when a fellow parishioner asked her to teach in the church school. She was surprised that they chose her. “That was the moment when God started to plant the seed,” she says. “I realized having the responsibility to teach also gave me the opportunity to learn, strengthen, and deepen my own relationship with God.”

In a world, whose moral compass is amiss at times, she hopes that in the small amount of time that our church family has together each week, we give the children and youth time to explore their faith, to see how it works in their own lives, so that when they are faced with decisions, or problems, that they will have an unshakeable faith in God. Her personal goal is to provide a place for the children and youth to have fun, while learning about God, what he is calling each of them to be, how he wants us to live our lives, and to love each other as he loves us.

Jeongweon “John” Lee, Music Director, 

Bridget Detollenaere, Administrative Assistant has always had a passion for secretarial work. First working as a clerk at Wang Labs and moving up to Secretary to the Plant Manager in Methuen. After taking time off to raise her two daughters, she returned to the work force in 2000, working for Pinkerton Academy, a regional high school, as a food service worker. Six years later she began work as an Administrative Assistant in the School Counseling department. She retired from Pinkerton Academy in 2021. She says “Full time retirement was boring so when the opportunity came to apply for the Administrative Assistant job for FCC, I decided to go for it”. Bridget’s willing to give her best and her attention to detail has made her perfect for the job. “It helps that I’ve been a church member for over 30 years. I know a lot of the ins and outs of the church, its members and its history.” She can be found in the office most Tuesdays and Thursdays.