Core Staff

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    Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche

    Interim Minister


    Contact Rev. Dr. Len DeRoche about

    • Worship
    • Crisis and Pastoral Counseling
    • Ministry
    • Transition Management as Interim Minister

    Rev. Dr. Len De Roche is the Interim Senior Minister. He previously served churches as an Interim minister in Somerville, NJ, Ottawa ON, West Hartford, CT, Norwell, MA, Amherst, NY, Charleston, WV and at Kingston, MA. He trained as a pastoral counselor at Kanawha Pastoral Counseling, Charleston, WV. and as a Pastoral Counselor/psychotherapist and Chaplain at the University of Chicago and its Hospital. He studied Jungian Psychology for over 20 years and currently at CG Jung Institute-Boston. He has a M.S. in Management specializing in Finance, and M. Divinity in Parish Ministry and a D. Min. in Pastoral Counseling and Pastoral Psychotherapy. Len partners in ministry with a large white bearded- black Labrador.

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    Joanne Connolly

    Director of Music Ministry

    (603) 436-4762 ext. 0

    Contact Joanne about

    • The South Church Choir

    • Music Committee

    • Special Music Events

    • Guest Musicians

    Joanne oversees the music program at South Church. She plans the music for Sunday mornings, directs the South Church Choir, and is available as a resource for our other musical groups. Joanne is a long-time resident of the Seacoast, who lives in Maine with her husband Tony and their dogs. For more about Joanne visit our Music Programs page

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    Kirsten Hunter

    Director of Religious Education

    (603) 436-4762 ext. 3

    Contact Kirsten about

    • Religious Education for Children & Youth

    • Multi-Generational Fellowship and Service Opportunities

    Kirsten heads the R.E. program at South Church. Working with the clergy team and lay leaders she develops curricula for the R.E. program, recruits and supports program volunteers, plans special events and service trips, and provides support to South Church families. Kirsten is a life-long UU. She has a Masters degree in Special Education and lives on the Seacoast with her two sons.

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    Sarah Terenzio

    Finance Administrator


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    Jennifer Leyden

    Office Administrator

    (603) 436 4762 ext. 0

    Contact Jennifer about

    • General information 

    • Reservations and Rentals

    • Member directory help

    • Communications

    Jennifer is the first face you will see when visiting the South Church office. She answers the phone, greets our visitors, manages the church facility and events calendar, and does all of the church communications. She is a lifelong resident of the Seacoast, LOVES to sing, and spends all of her free time with her huge family. 

Support Staff

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    Jen Del Deo

    RE Program Staff


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    Denise Croteau

    Finance Assistant


    Contact Denise Croteau about

    • Pledges and donations
    • Bill payment 
    • Church Financial Information

    Denise handles the day to day finances of South Church. She processes all pledge and donation payments, handles all bills and works closely with the Finance Council to assure the church's financial stability. Denise is a life long resident of the Seacoast, and lives with her husband and 3 children in Portsmouth. 

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    Cat Lyons

    RE Assistant

    (603) 436-4762 ext. 0

    Contact Cat about

    • Religious Education Program Administrative Support

    • Senior Youth

    Cat provides support for the Religious Education program, including classroom prep, teacher support, and special events. She works directly with our senior youth and lay youth advisors to develop the high school age youth program. Cat is a long-time Unitarian Universalist with experience in youth programming at the denominational level.

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    Susan Adams

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    Susan provides piano music for Sunday worship and some special events. Susan lives in New Hampshire, and is an administrative assistant at the University of New Hampshire’s Music Department.

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    Sean Kramer


    Sean keeps the South Church Meeting House clean and tidy, and handles attendant duties for all functions. Sean knows the space well, and is very attentive to the needs of our renters. He is also an accomplished artist who can often be found working with the kids of South Church on some fun and educational art projects. 

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    Ken Koski


    Ken keeps South Church clean and tidy and tackles any small building projects that need attention. From building shelves and bookcases, to repairing tables and pews, Ken is constantly working to maintain the beauty of our spaces.