Meet our Staff
Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, Senior Minister
Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti has over twenty years of professional experience, encompassing the fields of ministry, diplomacy, and education. In addition, he’s an accomplished student of psychology. Manish has served six Unitarian Universalist congregations in varying forms of ministry, and before that was an active lay leader and Board member at one of the denomination’s most historic churches.
Having traveled extensively throughout the world, Manish has lived in India, Oman, Finland, and for brief periods in Switzerland. This international exposure gave him the opportunity to live in countries where Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity have helped define the cultures. He brings this multi-religious appreciation to his ministry, drawing on a variety of faith traditions and other sources of inspiration in his preaching and leadership of worship.
As a former educator, Manish has a deep sense of love for our community’s children and youth, and an appreciation of how spiritual growth and development are lifelong processes for all of us. As a former diplomat, he is an accomplished preacher and an effective public spokesperson. Serving in the career that speaks most deeply to his heart, Manish brings to our congregation spiritual leadership that is dynamic, thought-provoking, and inspiring.
We hope that you will join us for Sunday worship and the opportunity to get to know our senior minister first-hand.
Rev. Mishra-Marzetti can be contacted directly at:
Terry Cummings, Ministerial Intern
Terry Cummings is pursuing a call to become a Unitarian Universalist minister following a successful career in the legal profession. She is a 2016 Master of Divinity graduate of Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. In seminary Terry’s areas of concentration were preaching & worship arts and church history. After seminary Terry successfully completed two units of Clinical Pastoral Education at a busy hospital in central New Jersey.
During seminary Terry served as a student minister at Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, New Jersey. Before going to seminary, Terry served on the Board of Trustees of her congregation in Montclair, New Jersey, and also volunteered as a facilitator and mentor in the Our Whole Lives and Coming of Age Programs. She was a member of the Montclair congregation’s first Harvest the Power class.
Terry’s areas of interest in ministry include providing pastoral care and chaplaincy services, as well as working to develop alternative forms of worship experience. She is involved in LGBT issues and is currently serving as a member of the Steering Committee of TRUUsT, an organization that serves transgender Unitarian Universalist religious professionals.
Terry received her bachelor of laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1979 before moving to the United States. She has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Ms. Cummings can be contacted directly at:
Margit Griffith, Director of Religious Education
Margit moved to Lincoln in June 2008, “tried out” First Parish that September… and never left. After a few years of “church shopping” while living in another town, she was delighted to have found her “just right fit” within walking distance of her home in Lincoln. Having raised two children through First Parish’s Religious Education program – and volunteered in FPL’s religious education classroom some of those years – Margit is honored to bring her experience and education as a counselor, corporate customer service professional and teacher to her role as Director of Religious Education. She feels it is truly a blessing to serve the spiritual community she loves.
Gert McDermott, Administrator
Gert McDermott grew up in Newtonville, the eldest child of Italian immigrants. After high school she settled down with her husband to raise a son, and took a job with Seaside Associates, a non-profit organization in Weston. She remained there for 11 years, assuming the role of Office Manager as the organization grew. During that time she earned an Office Management Certificate from Mt. Ida College.
After leaving Seaside, Gert spent three years with a business in Concord before returning to the non-profit world by joining the staff of The First Parish in October 1997. She enjoys serving the church community, and when she’s in the office, her door is always open to visitors.
As a member of the local chapter of the Association of UU Administrators, Gert has served as a co-chair and is currently the treasurer.
Gert and her husband live in the Nashoba Valley, and their son lives nearby. She spends part of each summer touring the nation on her motorcycle, and enjoys reading, baking bread, and doing home repairs and renovations.
Ms. McDermott can be contacted directly at:
Ian Watson, Music Director & Organist
Ian Watson came to First Parish in September 2012. Trained at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he is a top church musician and educator, with wide-ranging experience embracing novice, advanced and professional levels. His most recent church post was the Music Director at Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester, MA. He is also an internationally-known, dynamic, multi-faceted music professional who maintains an active performing and recording career in collaboration with major artists and ensembles as an organist, pianist, harpsichordist and conductor in both standard and historically-informed practices.
Ian is currently Associate Conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra, Artistic Director of Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, and Music Director for the Connecticut Early Music Festival.
Mr. Watson can be contacted directly at:
Kathy Harvey-Ellis, Communications Coordinator
Kathy Harvey-Ellis came to First Parish in Lincoln in November 2015, following nearly two years as the Communications Director of the Massachusetts Pharmacists Association. Prior to that, she worked as a marketing associate for a performing arts school, a recruiting firm, and other companies. She lives with her family south of Boston.
Ms. Harvey-Ellis can be contacted directly at:
Mike Richards, Sexton
Mike came to First Parish in Lincoln in February 2016. Mike also works full-time as a locksmith, after graduating from the North Bennet Street School’s Security Technologies program. Before that, he spent seven years working in facilities maintenance. Mike lives with his wife and two daughters in Greater Boston, and spends part of his free time coaching a girls’ basketball team.