Meet our Clergy and Staff.Every member does the work of the church. These folks keep it running smoothly.
The Rev. Dr. Emily C. Heath
Senior Pastor and Teacher (they/them)
Pastor Emily arrived in Exeter in 2014. A native of Virginia, Emily grew up in Winter Park, Florida and is a graduate of Emory University, Columbia Theological Seminary, and Andover Newton Theological School. Before serving here in Exeter, Emily served as a hospital trauma chaplain, and later as the pastor of a UCC congregation in southern Vermont, and as a volunteer firefighter on the local fire department. Despite being born and raised in the South, Emily is the 13th continuous generation of their family to live in New Hampshire. (In fact, some of Emily’s ancestors were members of this very church in the 1600s.)
Outside of the parish Emily is the chaplain to the Exeter Police Department. They previously served on the national Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ. Emily is an accomplished writer who has been a regular contributor to the UCC’s Still Speaking Daily Devotionals, as well as the Christian Century and Huffington Post’s Religion section. Emily’s first book, Glorify: Reclaiming the Heart of Progressive Christianity, was published by Pilgrim Press in 2016, and their second, Courageous Faith: How to Rise and Resist in a Time of Fear, in 2018.
Emily’s hobbies include fly fishing, cheering for the Atlanta Braves and the Washington NFL team, and managing a fantasy football team that manages to regularly implode spectacularly during the first round of the playoffs. They also have a special affinity for LEGOs. But, most of all, Emily enjoys spending time with their wife, Heidi Carrington Heath, who is also an ordained UCC minister. They live in downtown Exeter and are thrilled to be serving this community.
Director of Music (she/her)
Terrie Harman was awarded a piano performance degree from Wilson College, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Realizing that her great love is playing the organ, she studied theory and composition with Harold Stover, and is currently a student of organist Ray Cornils. She studied choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College Summer Institute. Her greatest musical moments (so far): she has concertized on Portland’s Kotzschmar Organ, one of the most celebrated pipe organs in the world; she played a concert for Archbishop Desmond Tutu at his home church in Cape Town, SA; she played an Evensong service at St. Michael and All Angels Cathedral in Bridgetown, Barbados.
She is the founder of the Portsmouth Men’s Chorus, and the Three Sopranos. She has served in many seacoast area churches as director of music and organist. Her husband Tom and she share Oscar, their Samoyed dog who enjoys listening to Terrie’s music.
Terrie practices estate planning and probate law at Harman Law Offices on Water Street here in Exeter.
Nicole St. Cyr
Office Manager (she/her)
Nicole comes to us with many years of management and customer service experience, most recently serving as Practice Manager at Core Cardiology and before that Practice Manager at Tufts Medical Center in the Rheumatology Department. Nicole just recently moved to Kingston with her husband, three little girls, Gabby (9), Harper (6), and the baby Delaney (1yr) and their dog, Molly. As a full time mom she loves to do arts & crafts, take the girls shopping, play with them at the beach or just cuddle up on the coach to watch a cute Disney movie! She also enjoys long distance running. She has completed many half marathons, six full marathons, including the Boston Marathon in 2014 and most recently Reach the Beach. Nicole also enjoys spending time outdoors, at the beach, and in her backyard. Nicole was born and raised in Wisconsin, so she loves cheese and during football season, she enjoys cheering on the Green Bay Packers!
Director of Church School (he/him)
Allan, a native of Boston, has resided in Exeter for the past 9 years. In 2004, having been a case manager for mentally challenged adults for 13 years, Allan embarked on a new career as a theatre artist. He holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Salem State College and has worked throughout New England as a professional actor, voice-over artist and theatre educator.
Allan enjoys reading historical fiction, jogging, travelling and spending time with his wife Jill and their two girls Kallie and Reilly. Allan feels blessed to have found a spiritual home here at the Congregational Church in Exeter.
Youth Director (she/her)
Julia grew up here in Exeter, and this church community has always been a home for her. Julia earned a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale, and while at college, she joined a local church and found a further spiritual home with a group of LGBT+ Christian students exploring the intersection of their gender, sexuality, and faith. Julia has worked at a family farm and as an environmental educator, and currently works in plant and insect labs at UNH. Julia likes to hike, cook, contra dance, and geek out about the wonderful complexity of the natural world. Julia is thrilled to continue growing in faith with this community – through Bible study, church council, and getting to know our high schoolers through youth group!
Youth Director (she/her)
Kaleigh is a full time social worker passionate about mental health care and social justice. She moved to New Hampshire in 2016 to attend UNH’s Master of Social Work program, but claims North Carolina as home in her heart. Kaleigh attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for her undergraduate degree in interpersonal communication. Currently she works as a child and family therapist in the Seacoast area. Kaleigh is rarely seen without her trusty four-legged sidekick, Gunther, and enjoys historical fiction, baking, college basketball (Go Heels!), and sitcoms from the 90s. She identifies Micah 6:8 as the verse which guides her through life.
Financial Services Manager