Meet Our Staff

The Reverend Richard Edens

Pastor

Reverend J. Richard Edens has accepted the call of The Congregational Church of Weston to serve as Designated Term Pastor for the next three years.

He came to Weston from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where he served as Senior Pastor of United Church of Chapel Hill for 38 years.  He received his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School.  He and wife, Jill Edens, has re-located to the Boston area to be closer to their daughter, Rev. Ruth Edens, and her family.

The Reverend Jill Edens

Pastor

Reverend Dr. Jill R. Edens has accepted the call of The Congregational Church of Weston to serve as a Designated Term Pastor for the next three years.

She came to Weston from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she served as Senior Pastor of United Church of Chapel Hill for 38 years.  She received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and her D.Min. from Lancaster Theological Seminary. She and husband, Richard Edens, has relocated to the Boston area to be closer to their daughter, Rev. Ruth Edens, and her family.

Catherine Liddell Dertouzos

Christian Education Director

Catherine Liddell Dertouzos has been a member of the Congregational Church of Weston, UCC since 1996 and has served as a Deacon and as Chair of the Christian Education Committee. Her love of children led her to accept the position as Director of Faith Discovery for Children, a position she has held since 2002. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, and the Musik Akademie of the City of Basel, Switzerland, she is also a well-established free-lance musician in the Boston area performing on theorbo and lute with many of the area’s leading period instrument ensembles.

Johanna Baxter

Administrative Assistant

Johanna Baxter joined us in 2017 and is available to assist all during regular church office hours, Tuesday-Friday 8am-12pm.

Kirk Averitt

Choir Director

Kirk is currently the Director of Choral Music at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, MA where he teaches choral ensembles grades 6 – 12. He holds a Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. While at UMass, Kirk conducted the University Women’s and Recital Choirs and taught an undergraduate course in Arts Appreciation. In addition to his work at Beaver Country Day, Kirk works as a staff conductor at Berkshire Choral International and serves as the High School Repertoire & Standards Chair for Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association. Kirk is originally from Decatur, AL. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN.

Organist

Melissa Adler

Countryside Playschool Director
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Melissa Adler has been the Director of Countryside Playschool since 2009. She has a daughter, Laila, and a son, Max. Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and arts and crafts.

Staci Gurliacco

Countryside Playschool Lead Teacher

Staci started out at Countryside as a substitute teacher for two years before gaining the lead teacher position when it became available in 2011. Staci also works as a nanny and has been with her current family for over ten years. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends, dining out, and traveling.

Michele Adler

Countryside Playschool Assistant Teacher

Michele joined Countryside Playschool in September 2014.