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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. His 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 better first-hand.

Gert McDermott


Gert McDermottGert 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.

Ian Watson

Music Director & Organist

Ian closeup 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 principal keyboard player with the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Artistic Director of Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra. During his first year at First Parish, he initiated a concert series which has been quite successful and has increased the church’s visibility in the community.