People

People

Pastor

Deborah Knowlton

Our own special “Rev. Deb” served churches in other towns in New Hampshire and Connecticut before coming home to Hampton. She grew up on a beautiful farm just outside Hampton and, yes, she knows how to drive a tractor and milk a cow! She can sometimes be found wearing her jeans and working in her vegetable garden. After her undergraduate studies at UNH, she earned her M.Div. degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Rev. Deb has a wonderful way with words and a very special gift of making everyone feel completely welcome to worship anytime.

Administrative Assistant

Arlene Radford

Arlene traveled and lived across the country as an Air Force pilot’s wife before coming back to New England. She owned her own shop in a major mall for a time and was an Executive Secretary. In our own church she has served as a Warden as well as officer for the Women’s Guild. For many years she has co-chaired the annual Jingle Bell Fair. She enjoys the beach, crafting, reading and dining out. But her favorite activity is spending time with her 3 adult children and 6 very special grandchildren.

Music Director

Jennifer Ramsay

Jennifer, affectionately known as Jen to many, is originally from the Philadelphia, PA, area and has a degree in Music Education (voice and piano) and a graduate degree in Integrated Arts. Jennifer is also Orchestra Director and teacher at Cooperative Middle School in Exeter. She founded Vocalocity, a community chorus based in Exeter. Jen enjoys theatre, travel, reading and spending time with her husband Doug, who also sings, and their 3 fine sons–Bradley, Ben and Tim.

Church School Coordinator

Donna Makechnie

Donna loves the beach and lakes, camping with her family, crafting, time with friends and organizing activities with kids. She is the proud mother of two daughters who both grew up in FCC Hampton. Donna has worked as the Church School Superintendent for over 10 years and really likes teaching the middle and high school students in Sunday School. In her other life, Donna has worked as an MRI technologist for Lahey Clinic for 30 years. She is originally from Peabody, MA.

Church Custodian

John Recupero

John has recently retired from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He and his spouse, Denise have lived on the seacoast for the last 12 years. They have one child that attends UNH in Durham. John enjoys helping others, long walks on the beach with his wife and just relaxing with family or friends. He’s originally from East Boston.

Organist/Pianist

Sally Wool

Sally retired in 2007 after a 40-year (Biblically significant number) career as Organist/Choir Director in a neighboring church. She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Music Education from UNH and a Masters in Counseling. She taught music in elementary schools of SAU 21 for eighteen years. She’s proud to sing with JourneySong, a group of volunteers who bring music to people in hospice care. Three adults call her Mom and four youngsters call her Grammy and light up her life.