Meet Our Pastor and Staff

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Rev. Darren L. Morgan

Senior Pastor

     The Rev. Darren L. Morgan has been serving as our settled pastor since June 1, 2020.  Before coming to Orleans, he served as the Associate Conference Minister of the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ.  After twelve years in this ministry, he discerned a call to leave judicatory ministry to serve (once again) in a local church setting.  Although he was open to God’s Spirit in determining where to serve, he described “living in exile” (Glenburn, Maine) away from the ocean he loves, therefore he purposefully (and prayerfully) considered positions where he felt “at home” close to the water.  Rev. Morgan has been vacationing on Cape Cod for decades and is familiar with Orleans, most particularly biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail.

 

     Rev. Morgan holds an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland, Maine; a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York, Albany, New York; a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity (with honors) from Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine.  He has extensive training and skills that will greatly benefit the Federated Church of Orleans.

 

     A native of York Beach, Maine, Rev. Morgan served in the United States Army as a Criminal Investigator (CID Special Agent) and worked as a Police Officer for the York Police Department before entering seminary.  He is an amateur auctioneer and a fan of HGTV home-improvement shows.  Together for over twenty-eight years, he comes to Orleans with his husband, Mark Baker. 

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Katie O'Connor

Ministries Assistant

     Katie has lived in South Orleans for 11 years.  Her husband, Jim, is now a permanent resident at Wingate-Harwich, due to two strokes.  She has been married for 10 years.  Her previous husband died on 9/11, and she has one daughter and her husband who live in Santa Barbara, CA.  And she has a new grandson named Parker who just turned 6 months old!

 

     Katie has worked in Boston, New York City (13 years), London, Paris, and Johannesburg.  She has had various titles, Administrative Assistant, Office Manager, etc.  Her last job before joining us was as a manager of a non-profit organization in Wellfleet.

 

     Katie grew up in Brookline, MA and is the oldest of 5 children.  She attended Katherine Gibbs School and graduated with an Associate’s Degree.  She volunteers at Wingate-Harwich when she can.

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Glenn Starner-Tate

Minister of Music

     Glenn brings to us exceptional keyboard and conducting skills, as well as a deep faith and love for all the ways music enhances spiritual expression and worship experience.  He expressed this thought beautifully by saying "music is worship."  He holds a B.A. in piano performance and a Masters in Music Education. His professional career has included both solo work and accompanying on piano and organ, directing choirs and ensembles, and coaching vocal soloists. Glenn’s repertoire features sacred classical selections and traditional hymns, as well as over 350 romantic selections from the early 1900s to the present including musical stage, film, folk music, jazz, and American and international pop. Additionally, Glenn has a love for theatre and is active on the Cape as musical director, accompanist, and occasionally an actor in productions at Eventide Theater Company, Chatham Drama Guild, Cotuit Center for the Arts, Falmouth Theatre Guild, Provincetown Theater, and Harwich Junior Theater.

     Glenn resides in Harwich with his husband, Randy.

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Thom Dutton

Director of the Handbell Choir ~ Nauset Ringers

     Shortly after earning his B.Mus. degree in 1982, Thom Dutton was a featured singer at a wedding. It happened that his accompanist was a harpist, and that was his first enchantment with the harp. He moved from New York to Massachusetts the following year; unable to transport his piano with him, he began playing the harp instead. Thus began a span of thirty years playing the harp at more than 1,400 performances.

 

     Over the years, Thom Dutton has been recognized with multiple awards. His honors include the Judge’s Overall Performance Award for Outstanding Musicianship at the New England Regional Folk Harp Competition and twice silver medalist at the Mid-Atlantic Folk Harp Competition. He has also received awards for playing incidental music for live theatrical productions: The Evelyn Lawson Award from the Association for Community Theater Excellence for “Eleemosynary” and a Certificate of Recognition Honoring Outstanding Achievement from the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theaters for “Three Tall Women”. Thom has recorded five critically acclaimed CDs and has published more than a dozen books of harp music.

 

     Thom has been the Director of the Nauset Ringers at The Federated Church of Orleans since January 2017 where he fosters the sense of ensemble that comes with the most unique musical experience on the planet!

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Amy Redihan

Financial Assistant

     Amy attended church in the 1980s with her mother & has been a member ever since. She joined the handbell choir in 1994 & still enjoys playing with the group. She owns an animal care business which she began in 1990.  She enjoys volunteering time for the AIDS support group of Cape Cod in Provincetown.

 

     Amy lives in Orleans with her husband, Bill, and 2 children, Ryan, & Courtney, both of whom were baptized in the church as infants and have been active in Sunday School and Youth activities.

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Carl Tugend, Jr.

Sexton

Bio coming soon!

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Maureen O'Neill-Vigneau

Director - Nan Cook Meeting House Preschool

     Maureen has been here for 20 years.   She started her journey as a preschool parent, then went back to school, and evolved to become the Director.

 

     She lives in Brewster with her husband, Chris, and her two sons, Christopher and Michael.

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Susan Kiklis

Teacher - Nan Cook Meeting House Preschool

     Susan resides in Eastham with her husband, Dave. They have been married for 41 years and have 3 children. Susan is the happy Grandma to 3 amazing grandchildren. They were foster parents for 8 years, helping 38 children reunify or find their permanent homes. Susan worked closely with Child and Family Services and became trained to work with children who have suffered trauma. She is also trained as a Play Maker, which believes in healing trauma through joyful play.

 

     Susan has been a teacher since 2000 and has been employed at Meeting House Preschool since 2007. She believes the difference you can make in a child’s life is immeasurable.

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