MEET OUR PASTOR AND MUSICAL STAFF

DENNIS AKERMAN
MINISTER OF MUSIC
MARY RUTH SCOTT
JUNIOR CHOIR DIRECTOR & BACKUP ORGANIST

Laura V. Belanger is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where she was a student of Bronson Ragan and Frederick Swann.  Laura holds an AAGO and ChM from the American Guild of Organists.  She continues to be an active member of the AGO and is on the executive board of the New Hampshire Chapter.

LAURA V. BELANGER
ORGANIST

Mary Ruth has sung in church choirs all of her life. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Education degree. Mary Ruth’s music background has included serving as the Organist and the Choir Director with the Squantum Congregation Church in Massachusetts. She has also taught Choral and Classroom music in both Elementary and Junior High schools over the years.

Mary Ruth is happily married with two children, and four grandchildren (two of whom also happen to sing in our Junior Choir!) Mary Ruth and her daughter sing in the local Pemigewasset Choral Society.

 

Pastor, Rev. Ruth A. Martz began her pastorate at the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC, on December 1, 2011, after serving churches in Granby, Glastonbury, and Hartford, Connecticut. She was educated at Yale College, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Andover-Newton Theological School (Newton, MA); her ordination took place in March, 2002. Ruth is known for her creativity in worship, storytelling, fine pastoral care, and joy in helping others deepen their faith. She feels a strong commitment to building a welcoming community, in which Scripture, Christian traditions, and daily living are continually woven together. 

If you have questions about our church or have a need for pastoral care, please contact Ruth at the church phone number: 603-286-3018.

REV. RUTH MARTZ
PASTOR

Laura has been and continues to offer her talents as an organ recitalist in the New England region, and now resides in New Hampshire. She has previously served as the organist for the Plymouth Congregational Church, and is currently accompanist for the Pemigewasset Choral Society, both in Plymouth, New Hampshire. Laura has been our organist since September 1st, 2017.

Dennis has been a member of the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC since 1966 and choir director since 1967 (excluding several years in the 1970's when he sang bass in the choir.) He is a native of Lakeport, a graduate of Tilton-Northfield High School and Bates College. Music has been a life-long avocation, with a special interest in choral music and opera. He was commissioned a Minister of Music in the United Church of Christ on February 8th, 1998. Dennis leads the Senior Choir.