Meet Our Ministers

The Rev. Dr. Dale Azevedo
The Rev. Dr. Dale AzevedoSenior Minister

Rev. Dale has been the Sr. Minister at the Barrington Congregational Church since September, 2016. He was ordained in 1995 by the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church and served churches in Connecticut for over 20 years before joining BCCUCC. His last call in Connecticut was at the Middlefield Federated Church, a congregation established by the union of the local United Methodist and Congregational churches. It was during these years that Dale transferred his affiliation from the United Methodist Church to the United Church of Christ. Dale’s passions in ministry are in developing effective lay leadership, deepening one’s personal spiritual life, and raising awareness for social justice issues.

Dale is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and remains a loyal Husky fan to this day. He earned his Master of Divinity from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, and his Doctor of Ministry from the Theological School at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Dale’s doctoral thesis explored family systems theory as it relates to churches with a particular focus on the role of “play” in organizational governance. Throughout his years of ministry, Dale has always served on various District, Association, and Conference Commissions in both the UMC and UCC. In recent years he has become more interested in national movements within the UCC and the changing landscape of religiosity in modern culture.

Dale and his wife Elizabeth have two children, Jesse and Seth. Jesse recently graduated from Smith College as a Theater Arts Major (Costume Design)and is currently working in the theater. Seth is a Chemistry Major at Northeastern University. He plays the oboe and enjoys musical theater. Elizabeth, a certified teacher in CT, currently works in the Bristol Warren School District. She has always been involved in handcrafts such as quilting, knitting and sewing. She is often found reading a good book or leaning over a new puzzle. When not spending time with his family, Pastor Dale enjoys woodworking, cycling, sports, reading, and just about all things tech related.

 

The Rev. Brendan Curran
The Rev. Brendan CurranAssociate Minister

Rev. Brendan Curran has been the Associate Pastor since June, 2014. A native of Danvers, MA, Brendan volunteered for AmeriCorps before attending UMass Boston where he majored in American Studies. Brendan discovered his love for teaching and working with children and youth working at the San Francisco Friends School for a year prior to attending the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA where he completed his M.Div. He served as a hospice chaplain for Care Dimensions prior to being called to the church. Serving as VP for Justice and Witness for the RI conference of the UCC, he organizes community vigils, actions, and popular education programs related to economic and environmental justice, LGBTQ advocacy, and ending war and racism.

Brendan feels passionate about the idea of beloved community, interfaith dialogue, contemplative wisdom traditions, and what the love and liberation of Jesus mean for today. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of meditation, developed during his time living at the Cambridge Zen Center where he studied and practiced Zen Buddhist Meditation extensively for ten years. He enjoys incorporating his acquired knowledge of meditation traditions into how he shares and teaches contemplative prayer practices in his ministry. Brendan has worked with the Bread and Puppet Theater Company and is a practitioner of Theater of the Oppressed. He believes strongly in the instrumental role churches and faith communities are called to play in the work of transforming and healing our communities and our world.

He enjoys running, yoga, singing traditional Irish music, and playing the bodhran. He lives with his loving partner Daniel and their two beloved cats, Nettles and Nero. He hosts community coffee hours on Thursday afternoons at the coffee depot in Warren, RI.

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Meet Our Staff

Christine Wallis
Christine WallisOffice Administrator

Christine began work at BCCUCC in October 1998, shortly after moving to RI. She and her husband, Philip, were born in England but have lived in the US for over 35 years. They are the proud parents of two grown daughters, Elizabeth and Victoria.

Christine graduated from Bristol University in England with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Biochemistry. She worked in medical research for a short time before returning to academia to do research for a doctorate at Sussex University. With the birth of her daughter Elizabeth, and then the move to the U.S. she became a stay-home mum for many years but kept busy volunteering in a variety of different ways. She also taught piano to beginning students. Volunteering in her Episcopal church in Pennsylvania led to her being employed initially as a part time office assistant and then as the full time parish administrator – the beginning of her new career in church administration.

Christine is a member of St. John’s Episcopal church in Barrington where she serves on the Altar Guild, sings in the choir, and is a Lay Eucharistic Minister. In her spare time she enjoys singing with the Providence Singers, playing the piano, rowing, yoga, and knitting.

Andrea Terni Bullard
Andrea Terni BullardChristian Education Coordinator
Andrea Terni Bullard has been a member of the Barrington Congregational Church since 2001. She became the Christian Education Coordinator of the church in February of 2007. Andrea helps guide and support church school children and church school volunteers, as well as assisting the CEYM team and clergy in fulfilling the educational mission of the church. Andrea was certified as a Godly Play teacher in 2009 and trained as an Our Whole Lives facilitator in September 2013. Andrea lives in Warren, RI with her husband and three children.

Prior to moving to Rhode Island, she worked as a classroom assistant at both the Kalsa Montessori School and the Good Shepherd of the Valley Preschool, both in Phoenix, AZ. Prior to working in film production for ten years, she attended Boston University where she majored in Psychology.

Marina Zabinski
Marina ZabinskiMusic Director
Marina Zabinski has been the organist and choir director at BCCUCC since 1999.

Originally from Russia, Marina graduated from Gnesin State College of Music (Moscow, RU) majoring in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She has performed across the former Soviet Union and Europe with various jazz groups.

Marina immigrated to the United States in March 1991.  After her arrival, Marina continued to perform jazz and her original compositions throughout New England, has been a faculty member of both the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and Providence College, and runs her own piano studio.
Marina’s main professional strength is her versatility. It allows her and the choir to perform various styles of music- classical, gospel, jazz, contemporary etc….

Marina lives in Lincoln, RI. She and her husband Bob, a Providence Police Officer, have two children- Darya and Nikita.

Pat Stoddard
Pat StoddardFinancial Secretary

Pat has been a BCCUCC church member since 1994 and has always been very active. In addition to volunteering in a variety of different ways, she has served as chair of the Music Ministry Team and Clerk. She is a member of the White Church Ringers and also regularly sings with the choir. She rings handbell solos from time to time as part of worship.

She holds a B.A. Degree in Biology with an English minor. Prior to working at the church, Pat worked in the Pharmaceutical field in Regulatory Affairs and Information Services, as well as writing for and doing layout for a small town newspaper. She was also a day care provider for a number of years while her own children were growing up. Soccer families in Barrington will recognize her as the long-time Registrar for Barrington Youth Soccer.

Pat is a fiercely loyal fan of the New England Patriots, and could be classified as a sports fanatic. She enjoys doing almost anything outside, especially gardening.

She lives in Barrington with her husband, Charlie and has two grown daughters, Lauren and Bethany.