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.




Director of Faith Formation
The Reverend Leah Rumsey

 Leah grew up in the UCC in East Lansing, MI. She received her BA in English, Religion, and International and Area Studies from Kalamazoo College and her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School. Ordained in the UCC in 2015, Leah served as Director of Religious Life and College Chaplain at Franklin College before returning to Harvard to pursue her PhD in religion. She is currently studying religious and intellectual leadership in modern Egypt. She lives in Cambridge with her husband, Mohamed, and their cockatiels, Georgie and Harvey. We are excited to welcome Leah into our community and look forward to sharing ministry with her!



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




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.