The Rev. Dr. Andrew W. Armstrong

Rev. Armstrong received his undergraduate degree from Binghamton University. After graduation, Andy earned his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Andy has also completed the Officer’s Chaplain Training for the U.S. Army. In 2010 he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen with a thesis on the Global Church.

Andy has served in UCC Churches in Jamaica Plain, MA, Auburn and Hamburg, NY, and most recently in Acton, MA.

In his spare time, he is an avid cyclist – having bicycled across the country twice  – and enjoys painting , chess, hiking, long walks with his dogs, and travels with his family. Andy and his wife, Janice, reside in Acton with their three daughters.

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The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey C. Evans

Rev. Evans is a 1974 Northeastern University graduate with a BS in History. He earned his M.Div. in 1977 from Bangor Theological Seminary and was ordained later in that same year. Jeff earned his D.Min. from Andover Newton Theological School in 1988.

After serving parishes in Vermont and New Hampshire Jeff was called to First Church as Associate Minister in April of 1985.

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Joseph R. Olefirowicz, CAGO

Mr. Olefirowicz is a native of Methuen, MA . Serving various church and choral organizations throughout the Merrimack Valley and Upstate New York in his youth, he graduated from Ithaca College in 1994 with a BA in Direction for the Musical Stage. In 1998, he was named a Colleague of the American Guild of Organists. He was based in Germany for 14 years, and was called as Minister of Music to The First Church on June 1, 2008, to guide the long tradition of a vibrant Music Ministry and develop further music outreach through the First Music Concert Series. In addition to recent symphonic podium debuts in Munich and Braunschweig, he is privileged to remain active during the 16/17 season at the Vienna Volksoper, in his 10th season as guest conductor.

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Diane E. Matthes

Coordinator of Christian Education

Diane has been a resident of Nashua for 36 years and a member of First Church for 30 years. She has been the full time Sunday School Superintendent since 2003. Working with the Minister of Christian Education, she is responsible for administering the furtherance of the spiritual life of the children and youth of the church through the Sunday School program. Diane is one of the Founding Directors of The Center of Excellence in Christian Education.

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Catherine N. Lovas

Transitional Coordinator of Youth Ministries

First Church Members for more than 20 years, Cathy, and her family have been active participants in the Church community. A graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, Cathy has joined the First Church staff to help with the coordination of Junior and Senior High youth programs, including Our Whole Lives, and mission trip planning. 

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Dianne Smigliani

Church Business and Marketing Manager

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Susan T. Englander


A graduate of the University of Vermont, Sue joined the First Church staff in January 2004. She is the person who greets you when you call or visit the church office. Sue also maintains the church calendar, schedules events, edits the weekly bulletin and monthly newsletter and maintains the calendar and news pages on the church website. Contact Sue with general questions, to schedule an event, or to submit an article for the weekly bulletin (by Wednesday noon) or the monthly newsletter (by the second Monday of the month).

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