|Rev. Lee Bluemel||Minister||RevLee@NorthParish.org||978-687-7948|
|Kerry Anne Kilkelly||Director of Faith Formation||FaithFormation@NorthParish.org||978-687-7948|
|John Middleton-Cox||Music Director||MusicDirector@northparish.org||978-687-7948|
|Erin Lane||Youth Choirs Director||YouthChoirDirector@northparish.org||978-687-7948|
|Rebecca Driscoll||Membership Coordinator||Membership@northparish.org||978-687-7948|
|Carina Lawrence||Youth Coordinator||YouthCoordinator@northparish.org||978-687-7948|
|Stefanie Nolan||Congregational Administratorfirstname.lastname@example.org||978-687-7948|
|Jenna Viner||Nursery Coordinator||978-687-7948|
Getting to Know the North Parish Staff
Rev. Lee Bluemel, Minister
Lee Bluemel was installed as the 17th called minister of The North Parish on October 24, 1999, exactly 354 years from the date of the founding of the church in 1645. A native of the Bay State and a life-long Unitarian Universalist, she grew up in the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester which reflected and supported her childhood curiosity and joy. There she experienced a deep sense of belonging in an intergenerational community, a wider world community and the universe, and developed an appreciation of human kindness and the many paths to religious truths.
Rev. Lee earned her bachelor’s degree in English and anthropology from Amherst College, Amherst, MA. As a young adult she worked as a “Hut Girl” for the Appalachian Mountain Club White Mountain Huts, as a VISTA Volunteer for a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition in Holyoke, MA, and as an ESL School Administrator.
Rev. Lee earned her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, MA in 1995. She completed student ministries at the First and Second Church of Boston, MA under the Rev. Rhys Williams, an internship at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Wellesley Hills in Wellesley, MA under the Rev. John Nichols, and her hospital chaplaincy training at UMass Medical Center in Worcester, MA.
She was ordained by the Wellesley Hills congregation on May 14, 1995. Before settling at North Parish, she served the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, Michigan, for four years from 1995 to 1999. Rev. Lee has two young children, Andrew and Emma, who both participate in the North Parish religious education program. They share their North Andover home with two cats, Moxie and Lucille. They enjoy spending time outdoors, hiking, gardening, singing, playing the piano, making up stories, eating ice cream, playing Star Wars and spending time with friends and family.
John Middleton-Cox, Music Director
John Middleton-Cox, tenor, is originally from Northern New York. He attended the Crane School of Music and The Boston Conservatory. He studied voice with Sheila Fiumarello and Iride Pilla. As a classical tenor, John has performed various professional roles from Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus to the Duke in Patience. Some of his favorite performing venues have been Jordan Hall, the Emerson Majestic, and The Old North Church. Mr. Middleton-Cox is an all-around musician. He has composed an original musical, orchestrated for a professional symphony orchestra, accompanied professional singers, and conducted professional pit orchestras. He has collaborated with Broadway Actor/Director Russell Garrett in Anything Goes. John teaches chorus and is the head of the music department for the Burlington Public Schools. He currently lives in North Andover where he is the Director of Music here at North Parish.
Erin Lane, Youth Choirs Director
Erin Lane joined the North Parish as its Youth Choirs Director in the fall of 2012. She leads a children’s choir for elementary-aged children as well as works with vocal groups comprised of middle and high school youth. Erin has a Master’s degree in Music Education from UMASS Lowell, a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from University of Maine, Orono, and a Massachusetts Standard Certification in Music for grades Pre-K through 12. She served in various positions as a music teacher and Choral Director for students in grades K through 12 in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District from 1996 through 2004. Currently, Erin is teaching at Innovation Academy in Tyngsboro where she leads the High School and Middle School Choruses. Erin resides in North Andover with her husband and two children.