markInterim Pastor
The Reverend Mark Seifried

Mark  came to New England to go to seminary at Andover Newton almost 20 years ago and never left. He joins us as an intentional interim pastor. That means he is only with us between settled pastors. But he’s still our pastor and will cover all the duties such as preaching, visitation, counseling and administrative duties. He has experience with Crossroads, and will also help us implement a vision and growth plan for the future.

Mark writes a  blog for Second Church.    See Mark’s Second Church Blog.

He also writes content for the blog   “Disturbing Presence” .




Minister of MusicAndrus-Madsen
Dr. Andrus Madsen

Andrus has been at Second Church since the summer of 2005.  He studied organ at Brigham Young University, and did graduate work at the Eastman School of Music where he completed a Masters degree in Musicology together with a MA and a DMA on the harpsichord.

In addition to his duties at Second Church, Andrus is an active piano teacher, teaching both beginners and advanced students.  He also has a busy performing career as an Early Music Specialist, playing harpsichord, organ and other historic keyboard instruments.  He founded and runs Newton Baroque, a local period instrument ensemble which can frequently be heard in performance at Second Church, but which also performs out of town.



richard spicerRichard Spicer will be leading the Music Ministry while Andrus is on sabbatical in January and February. We thought you might want to know about him, so here’s a little background

 Church Music Director (Organist/Choirmaster)

  • Music Director/Organist for
    • Trinity Episcopal Church of Topsfield and Boxford, MA (Music Director: 2010-2016)
    • St. George’s Episcopal Church, Durham, NH (Organist and Choirmaster: 2007-2009)
    • Community Church of Durham, NH (Organist: 2000-2007)
    • North Congregational Church, Portsmouth, NH (Organist and Choir Director: 1996-2000)
    • First Congregational Church, Pembroke, NH (Organist and Choir Director: 1993-1996)
    • South Congregational Church, Concord, NH (Interim Organist: 1992)
    • Wallingford United Methodist Church, Seattle, WA (Organist: 1980-1984)
  • Organ/harpsichord recitalist focusing on early German and American keyboard repertoire

Specialist in the cultural history and performance practice of music in 18th- and 19th-century America

  • Founder/Director of Columbia’s Musick, featuring chamber music from colonial, Revolutionary, and Federal America
  • Conductor of two NH community bands and wind ensembles, featuring special concerts of historical band music
  • Curator of museum exhibition on NH town bands and instruments for the New Hampshire Historical Society
  • Radio programs on music for George Washington and Abraham Lincoln on New Hampshire Public Radio
  • Publications, lectures, and radio interviews on music from the Revolutionary era through the Civil War

Ask Richard about his long history with the National Park Services!





Director of The Second Church Nursery School
Susan Benes

As a dedicated early childhood professional, Susan believes children learn best through play and socializing with their peers. “Play” is essential and helps facilitate the development of a child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical abilities. Susan also believes placing an emphasis on kindness within our nursery school family is essential and is convinced that if children learn the importance of being thoughtful at a young age it will stay with them into adulthood, resulting in a kinder world.

Phone:  617-527-4770


Youth Educators
David Gaillardetz

david-gaillardetzDavid holds a Masters Degree in Child and Family Social Work from Boston College where he is finishing a second Masters in Theology and Ministry. He currently works at the Home for Little Wanderers doing In-Home Therapy with children and Families. He thanks everyone for welcoming him so warmly into the Second Church community and is delighted to be helping with youth groups and Sunday school. We are grateful for his enthusiasm!






Molly will work with David Gaillardetz during Sunday School and with the Youth Groups.  She grew up at Second Church where she attended Sunday School and participated in Youth Group activities.

Molly is a 2015 graduate of William Smith College in Geneva, New York. Most recently she has been Community Outreach and Development Coordinator for the Boston Fencing Club.

We are delighted to have her join the staff of Second Church!





Secretary of  Second Church
Barbara Cancellieri


I have an extensive background in business administration and have seen many changes throughout my years at Second Church. I enjoy a comfortable life with my husband and close relationships with two grown sons. I find delight interacting with my two grandchildren, 11 and 13 years old, who live in Vermont, and I love my work at Second Church.

Phone: 617-244-2690






Property Manager of Second Church
Frank Neal


Frank was a professional commercial (office/industrial) property manager with nearly 40 years of experience in the real estate field. I worked for some big national firms including Trammel Crow, Grubb & Ellis, and C.B. Richard Ellis, among others, before retiring. The biggest building I ever managed was the 1.4 million sq. ft., 42-story tower at 100 Federal Street in town for Bank of America.







Mary Ayotte


Mary started working at the Second Church in Newton as the Church Bookkeeper in September 2009 and came to us with a strong background in business and finance.  She often says how much she enjoys her role at Second Church and how proud she is to be a part of the Second Church family and the wonderful work that happens here!

Mary can be found at the Second Church most Tuesdays and Fridays but she reminds us that ALWAYS accessible to her Second Church family by cell phone 508-635-7535 or e-mail.