David

Rev. David M. Bryce
Senior Minister

David, a nearly lifelong Unitarian Universalist, is a 1991 graduate of Yale Divinity School.  David has been our Senior Minister since August of 2009. David describes himself as primarily a Humanist, but more fully as a Humanist in his head and a Universalist in his heart and as happy living with the contradiction: “There is … Continued

Ian

Ian Garvie
Director of Music

Ian Garvie is active throughout the Boston area as a conductor, pianist, and teacher. Most recently he directed Wholetone Opera’s production of La Zombiata, a modern farcical opera that played at the Somerville Theater. He has also appeared with the MIT Gilbert and Sullivan Players, Juventas New Music Ensemble, and Vertical Players Repertory Theater, in … Continued

Sana

Sana Saeed
Director of Youth Programs

Sana is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School. She was born in Manchester, UK and moved to the US when she was sixteen. As a dual citizen, she grew up in a Pakistani home with the fortune of learning Urdu and Punjabi, as well as English. Her upbringing inspired her love for … Continued

Nate

Nate Sellers
Director of Children's Religious Education

Nate joins us from First Parish in Framingham where he served as the Director of Religious Exploration. Prior to Framingham, Nate served for four years as a Youth Director for a UCC congregation in Pennsylvania. Nate has taught preschool, worked in Autistic support, lead teen programs for the Anti-Racism Institute, and served as a graduate … Continued

Rev. Victor Carpenter
Minister Emeritus

Victor served as Sr. Minister of The First Church in Belmont for seven years and is graduate of Harvard University Divinity School class of 1959. He was a Merrill Fellow at Harvard (1974) and received a STD from Starr King School for the Ministry in 1987. In 2011 Victor received the UUA Distinguished Service Award.  … Continued

Alfa

Alfa Radford
Minister of Music Emerita

Rev. Alfa Radford grew up in Acton Massachusetts, a small town 26 miles west of Boston.  Her first piano lessons, at age five, were with her mother who was a church organist.  During Junior and High School years she obtained valuable experience as a performing musician, both as a piano soloist and as a accompanist, playing for the … Continued

Janice Zazinski
Church Administrator

Janice Zazinski, Church Administrator, has an eclectic work history that started when she was a hospital “candy striper” in her hometown of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Prior to coming to The First Church in Belmont, she worked at The First Parish in Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist, as assistant to the Congregational Administrator. If you’re a coffee … Continued

Lillian

Lillian Anderson
Adult Programs Coordinator

Lillian has joined First Church Fall 2012 as Adult Programs Advisor, having recently retired from Emerson Hospital as a night shift labor and delivery nurse for twenty-five years.  She is glad to be here with us during the day but confesses that she is really at her best after 8pm. She developed her interest in … Continued

Jim

Jim Staton
Membership Coordinator

Jim Staton, Membership Coordinator Jim and his wife Caroline are long-term members of First Church.  After “retirement” from a career in healthcare and association management, he stepped into our Membership Coordinator position when it was created in 2006. He has been active in UUA related organizations, including serving on the board and staff of the UU … Continued

Luis

Luis Carrion
Sexton

I  was born in 1958.  I have 9 brothers and 7 sisters.  I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and moved to the United States when I was 11 years old.  When I arrived in the United States I didn’t speak English and had difficulty learning it yet I continued my studies until 11th … Continued

Denise

Denise Azar
Child Care Provider

Denise began working in the nursery on Sundays back in the fall of 1987.  Since that time she has entertained and comforted countless of FCB’s youngest attendees.  She has seen attendance peak at 24 babies and toddlers during the bustling days before double services began.  She has witnessed multiple children in a family growing up … Continued

Wendy Conroy
Children's Religious Education Assistant

Wendy Conroy, Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Assistant and Our Whole Lives (OWL) Coordinator, came to First Church in 2008 as a parent with young children in the CRE program.  In 2009, she began facilitating OWL and eventually became the coordinator for the program at the church.In addition to coordinating the program, she continues to teach … Continued

Simon at the piano

Simon Andrews
Assistant Music Director and Organist

Simon was born in England and educated at Christ Church, Oxford, the Royal Academy of Music and the University of California at Berkeley. Winner of the 1985 Benjamin Britten International Composition Prize, his music has been featured at the Aldeburgh and St. Alban’s Festivals, broadcast on BBC radio and widely performed in the London, Oxford … Continued