Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn, Parish Minister (781-862-3805 x1002, claire.feingoldthoryn@follen.org)

Reverend Claire Feingold Thoryn has been serving Follen since September 2013.

Rev. Claire was raised Unitarian Universalist and grew up in the Washington, DC area. She studied religion at Swarthmore College and received a Masters of Divinity from Harvard in 2006. Before coming to Follen, she served First Parish in Lincoln, MA. She lives in Lexington with her husband and two daughters.

Rev. Claire is available for pastoral appointments on Wednesdays and Thursdays, usually a few weeks out from the request. Mondays are reserved for staff supervision and worship planning, Fridays are reserved for sermon writing, and Tuesday is her day off. Email her directly to make an appointment.

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Linda Hein, Business Manager (781-862-3805 ext. 1005, linda.hein@follen.org)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Beryl Aschenberg, Director of Religious Education, Credentialed (781-862-3805, x1004, beryl.aschenberg@follen.org)


 

Meagan Cox Membership Director (781-862-3805, x1001, meagan.cox@follen.org)

Meagan was raised Unitarian Universalist and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Her grandparents Nancy and Joseph Boyd were founding members of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Huntsville, Alabama in 1957. Before coming to Follen, Meagan worked in the non-profit and government sectors with The Mission Continues, Horizons for Homeless Children, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, and City Year. The common thread in all of her roles over the years has been support children, youth, families, and communities in reaching their full potential through creative programming and impactful services. She received her BA in Human Services from the University of Massachusetts Boston and MS in non-profit management from Northeastern University. If Meagan’s friends and family were asked to describe her they would say that she has a logistical mind and a creative spirit. You can find her as equally comfortable building spreadsheets to organize large-scale projects as she is making Halloween costumes for her niece and nephew or dancing in the grocery store. Meagan loves good BBQ and Krispy Kreme donuts, and has been known to drive 2 hours for both. If you were to check Meagan’s DVR you would find a combination of movies from the 80s and 90s and reality TV—it’s her guilty pleasure. Her greatest joy is her family, and she loves spending time in her backyard in Stoneham with her husband Sterling, daughter Tahlia, and two dogs Winnie and Ollie.


 

Shaylor Lindsay, Music Coordinator (shaylor.lindsay@follen.org)

Shaylor is very excited to be expanding her role at Follen this year! While she has been the Adult Choir accompanist for over 15 years, and will continue in her role as pianist for the church, she will now be bringing her organizational experience as well. Outside of Follen, Shaylor teaches piano at her home studio in Lexington and at the Waring School in Beverly, where since 1981 she has also conducted a high school-age Madrigal group, coached chamber ensembles, taught music theory and appreciation, as well as helped organize school curriculum and performances. When she’s not teaching or making music at Follen, you may find Shaylor singing with the Concord Chorus, or participating with the Lexington Music Club.


 

 

Coming Soon Youth Programs Coordinator


 

 

Jimmy McFeeley, AV Technician and Sexton (jimmy.mcfeeley@follen.org)

Jimmy has been a versatile member of the Follen team since 2012. His background includes professional photography, photojournalism, business ownership, and he is a certified graphic artist. At Follen Church, when the church decided to turn to online services because of the pandemic, Jimmy volunteered to jump in and help pioneer our efforts to help create a community for our members through online church services. He has been creative and willing to do anything to create a better experience for our members. He also carries the title of Sexton, making sure the building is maintained in a way that meets or exceeds member’s expectations. Working with Follen groups and outside rentals, he helps with everything from complicated setups, AV setup and issues, and most other tasks required for running events. He has worked on hundreds of events while at Follen Church, so he encourages you to contact him if you need advice. Jimmy lives in Billerica with his wife Andrea and their pet Greyhound Gi Gi. He has three adult sons and has been married for 34 years!

 


 

Laura VanderHart, Communications Coordinator (laura.vanderhart@follen.org)

Laura does the weekly newsletters, orders of service, and updates to follen.org. Laura grew up in the DC area. She and her family moved to Belmont in 2010, where she serves on the PTA board and is a Town Meeting Member. Laura has been a French teacher and has advised student publications. She is grateful to be at Follen, working with an excellent staff and a church membership that seeks social justice. She lives in Belmont with her husband and two kids.


Rev. Lucinda Duncan, Minister Emerita

Lucinda Duncan JTThe Reverend Lucinda Duncan was Follen’s Senior Minister for eighteen happy years, 1993-2011.

She graduated from Lawrence University with a major in third-world political science, served as a Peace Corps volunteer with her husband Bob in Honduras, raised three sons, and served UU congregations in Concord, Jamaica Plain and Cambridge. She earned a Masters in Religious Education from Meadville Lombard and her Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She now lives in Colorado near family.