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Have you taken the Minister Search Survey?

If not, here are two good reasons to do it now:

To tell the search committee what you hope for in the next minister, as we move toward screening candidates, and

To give prospective ministers an up-to-date profile of the congregation.

You can respond online at Or, drop by the Parish House office and pick up a paper copy. Remember, every adult FPL member and friend should complete the survey.

Finding and choosing a new minister is a big deal. Please help!

Thanks from the Settled Minister Search Committee,
Mimsy Beckwith, Alexis Jette Borggaard, Chris Hamilton (chair), Steve Johnson, Carrie Marotta, Jeff Patterson, Sam Perkins, Sylvia Perry, and Ray Shepard

Ministerial Coverage

Rev. Roger Paine, the church’s Senior Minister, has retired after 18 years in Lincoln.

During the month of August 2015, Ally Lent will be available for pastoral emergencies.  For information on how to reach Ally, please call Gert McDermott’s extension – 781-259-8118 ext. 10.

Rev. John Nichols, Interim Minister, will begin holding office hours in September.

Ruth Owen

Director of Religious Education

Ruth is new to First Parish in Lincoln but not to religious education. She previously served U.U. congregations in Ridgewood, N.J. and downtown Boston. Ruth first became involved in religious education because of her then young sons’ fascination with the sand table in the RE classroom at her first congregation. That led to volunteer teaching, committee work and eventually to Meadville Lombard Theological School and a career in religious education.

She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband Pete and their very spoiled dog. She enjoys reading, knitting, and walks in the woods with her dog. She considers her devotion to the Boston Red Sox to be a part of her personal spiritual practice.

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.