Our Minister and Staff

North Parish is served by a dedicated staff team led by the Rev. Lee Bluemel, as well as by volunteer lay leaders who take turns serving the congregation. In this section you will find links to staff contact information and bios.

Interested in being part of our dynamic, interfaith, creative, inclusive team? See our current job postings.

For information on our volunteer leaders, see Lay Leadership and Teams and Committees.


Rev. Lee Bluemel

Rev. Lee Bluemel, Minister

Hello, and welcome to North Parish!

My name is Lee, and I’m delighted to invite you into our vibrant Unitarian Universalist community, where I have gladly served as minister since the fall of 1999.  

As a life-long Unitarian Universalist, I have chosen this faith over and over again.  In my childhood congregation and UU family, I found support for my natural curiosity and joy, as well as encouragement to be kind. I developed an appreciation of the many sources of religious truths and experienced a deep sense of belonging in an intergenerational community, the interdependent web of life, the wider world and the universe.

After receiving a degree in English and Anthropology and working for a year as a VISTA community organizer, I returned as a young adult to theological school (Harvard Divinity, ‘94).  Once ordained, I served as the UU minister in Midland, MI for four years (1995-99) before being called to North Parish. It is a serendipitous accident of history that I was “installed” here as minister on October 24, 1999, exactly 354 years from the date of the founding of the church in 1645. The rest is history!

While I identify simply as a UU, my specific theology is that of a Religious Naturalist, a name for an earth-based theology and spirituality that has room for science and mysticism, human agency and awe. I had the good fortune to spend my high school and college summers working for the Appalachian Mountain Club and I still enjoy walking in the woods and hiking on mountains.  I also enjoy singing, listening to piano music, looking at art, and spending time with family and friends. I have two children, a daughter and a son, both in the youth programs at North Parish.

Sometimes folks ask what to call me; many just use my first name, but for those from a more traditional church culture or who are teaching their kids to address adults with a prefix, I’ll also answer to ‘Rev. Lee!’ I’d love to connect with you, to talk about your life or North Parish or anything else on your mind. I’m always up for a cup of tea, a walk around the Common in front of the Meeting House, or a stroll through the gardens. I look forward to meeting you!

Faith Formation Director, Kerry Anne Kilkelly

Kerry Anne Kilkelly, Director of Faith Formation

Welcome to North Parish’s Faith Formation for Children and Youth! My name is Kerry Anne, but I am also sometimes also known as the Rainbow UUnicorn (see our Facebook pages) as I make my way around our beautiful church community! Raised Roman Catholic, I first found North Parish in 2011 and immediately realized I had found my faith and spirit home. Over the years I held positions as a Nursery Supervisor, getting to play and build with our youngest members during services, and worked with our Elementary-aged children as a Coordinator, supporting our Faith Formation learning program, our children, and our adult volunteers. In 2020, I joined the staff as the Director of Faith Formation for Children and Youth and am excited to be working and learning alongside our younger North Parish members. 

I bring a background in Theater, Communications and Psychology to my work, along with an open sense of wonder, mysticism, empathy, and a joy of learning from the curiosities, energies and wisdom that children bring forth to the world. In my spare time I spend my time with my three sons and our two rescue dogs, and enjoy tapping into all sorts of creative endeavors, teaching myself new skills, spending time in nature, hiking and kayaking and summers “down home” on Prince Edward Island, Canada visiting family.

Music Director, John Middleton-Cox

John Middleton-Cox, Music Director

John joined the North Parish staff in 2007. Originally from Northern New York, he attended the Crane School of Music and The Boston Conservatory and studied voice with Sheila Fiumarello and Iride Pilla. As a classical tenor, John performed various professional vocal roles from Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus to the Duke in Patience, in venues such as Jordan Hall, the Emerson Majestic, and The Old North Church. An all-around musician, John has composed an original musical, orchestrated for a professional symphony orchestra, accompanied professional singers, conducted professional pit orchestras, and 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 with his husband and two sons.

Christina Brezeale Kennedy, Assistant Music Director

Christina has been teaching professionally for over twenty-five years in a variety of settings, from music studios, church basements, and elementary classrooms to junior high school band/choral rooms and college recital halls. She holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Choral Conducting from Messiah University and a Master’s Degree in Performance from the University of Maine. Currently serving as choral director at Triton Regional Middle & High Schools, assistant artistic director of the Sounds of Stow Chorus & Orchestra, and alto in NOVA Women’s Choral Project, she also has a home studio of approximately twenty piano, violin, and voice students.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, walking her dog, and hanging out with her daughter and two sons as well as other family and friends.

Stephanie Nolan, Congregational Administrator

Stefanie Nolan, Congregational Administrator

Stefanie has been a North Andover resident for over 20 years. She lives with her husband Mike, their daughter Alex and son, Michael, who are currently in college and graduate school. She received her B.A. from Regis College. She previously worked in Human Resources for two local hospitals and was the Office Administrator for 9 years at Second Congregational Church of Boxford, UCC, before coming to North Parish in November of 2017. She enjoys working with the great North Parish staff and kind, dedicated church community. In her free time, she enjoys vacationing in Newport, RI, and Cape Cod with her family and friends.

Mike - Communications/Membership Coordinator

Mike Antczak, Membership Coordinator

Mike joined the North Parish staff in the fall of 2021 and lives in North Andover with his wife, two cats, and a dog. He comes from a background in digital marketing and received his bachelor’s degree in business from UNC Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, being in nature, kayaking, hiking, and studying eastern philosophy. He is also an avid yogi and certified yoga teacher. He looks forward to learning more about us and getting to know the North Parish community.

Jessica Carter, Child/Youth Coordinator

Jessica began in the Fall 2022, working 12-14 hours per week during the week to assist Director of Faith Formation Kerry Anne Kilkelly with administration, class preparation, and other program support work. She is eager to work for an organization that benefits the community. Jessica has been active on the Sargent School PTO for the past 5 years, and is currently in her second year as president. She is skilled in tasks essential to the job: managing details, planning events, working with volunteers, and communicating with families.

Manuel Tejeda

Manuel Tejeda, Sexton

Manuel was recommended by our former sexton, José Dilone, as a possible replacement and we were delighted that match is working out!  Manuel works for the City of Lawrence in Cemetery Maintenance, supervision of workers and equipment purchasing. A resident of Salem, NH, he is also the husband of Sadia Jiminian, a key member of the Interfaith Group that responded to the MV Gas Disaster.

To leave messages for Manuel, email the church office or House and Grounds Committee.

Donna

Donna Cloney, Interim Nursery Coordinator

Donna is our Interim Nursery Coordinator, filling in until we can find a permanent person. She is a member of North Parish, is part of the Community Action team, and has been a Worship Assistant. Professionally, she has extensive experience as a Reading and Special Education teacher and currently works at the Marsh Grammar School in Methuen.

We are currently seeking applicants for the position of Nursery Coordinator. For information, contact our Personnel Committee.

Natalie Cordio, Youth Nursery Assistant

Natalie Cordio is our Youth Nursery Assistant. She has grown up at North Parish and is a member of the Senior Youth Group. She is excited about the job and is really good with small children. She’ll be working with two adults to take care of our littlest ones.

We are currently seeking a second youth applicant for Nursery Assistant. For information, contact our Personnel Committee.