Core Staff

  • Susan

    Rev. Susan Suchocki-Brown

    Interim Minister

    Contact Rev. Susan Suchocki-Brown about

    • Pastoral Care
    • Membership
    • Rites of Passage

    I am the Rev. Dr. Susan Suchocki Brown and I was welcomed as your new part-time minister on the very March day that the Pandemic became a reality and we moved to a virtual way of being. I had retired from the First Church UU in Leominster at the end of 2016 after 24+ years and had not contemplated returning to ministry until I was introduced to South Church. All those things that I am attracted to are here. A congregation that has grown and built a strong foundation based upon our Unitarian Universalist principles. I am a third generation Unitarian Universalist who grew up in a church that had a bright, interesting and kind minister and a healthy Board and a strong and vital religious education program. I was both a student in the program, then a teacher and I value how exposure to Unitarian Universalism traditions leads to living life in positive ways. I am a Chaplain with Leominster Fire Department and a founding member of the Mass Corps of Fire Chaplains so I noticed the Fire Station right behind the church. I have been on every UUA committee established to address anti-racism, anti-oppression, multicultural change and transformation. I immediately noticed that South Church is on the Black Heritage Trail. My spouse Ron and I summer at Salisbury Beach at Rusnik Campground and we often come up to Portsmouth to hang around town and down by Strawberry Banke. We are long time 40+ year vegetarians and gardeners and Portsmouth has both in beautiful abundance. I like tradition and history and how those can inform us to make changes while building on the past and Portsmouth is a testament to being able to move with the times, maintain a sense of history, and be a force for good in the larger world. My parents taught us to give back in ways that we could and being with you during your time of transition helps me to help you and together we can continue to strengthen South Church.
    If you ask me about things I love I would say: my family, people, institutions that survive and thrive, working with addicts and their loved ones who suffer, English mystery and comedy, herb and perennial gardening, bird watching, Afro-futurism literature, Blues music and UU ism as a source of hope, power and love in life and the world.


  • Kirsten

    Kirsten Hunter

    Director of Lifespan Ministries

    (603) 436-4762 ext. 3

    Contact Kirsten about

    • Religious Education for Children & Youth

    • Multi-Generational Fellowship and Service Opportunities

    Kirsten is a credentialed religious educator who supports the faith formation of children, youth, and families at South Church by working closely with Jen Del Deo, our Religious Education Coordinator. In addition, Kirsten oversees and supports adult faith formation and serves as part of the visioning leadership of our congregation. Kirsten is a life-long UU and proud mother of two sons. She has a Masters degree in Special Education and loves to garden and spend time outdoors.

  • Joanne

    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

  • Jen D

    Jen Del Deo

    Religious Education Coordinator


    Contact Jen Del Deo about

    • Religious Education Classes
    • Coming of Age (8th Grade)
    • Child and Family Resources 

    Jen D coordinates religious education programming for children, youth and families at South Church in collaboration with the Minister and the Director of Lifespan Ministries. She is invested in strengthening community, deepening individuals' understanding of being a Unitarian Universalist, and helping participants to be of service to the wider community. Jen has attended South Church since 2006 and became a member in 2010. She loves the outdoors, has taught in Nature education programs, and is raising two daughters.

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    Jennifer Leyden

    Congregational Administrator

    (603) 436 4762 ext. 0

    Contact Jennifer about

    • General information 

    • Reservations and Rentals/Building Use

    • 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 supports the minister, finance and RE staff in day to day operations of the church. She is a lifelong resident of the Seacoast, LOVES to sing, and spends all of her free time husband and blended family playing darts and watching Harry Potter movies. 

  • Kristine

    Kristine Sawyer

    Finance Administrator


    Contact Kristine Sawyer about

    • Pledges and donations
    • Bill payment 
    • Church Financial Information

    Kristine 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. Kristine is a life long resident of the Seacoast, and lives with her husband and 5 kids. Kristine loves cooking, golfing and beachcombing!

Support Staff

  • Susan

    Susan Adams

    Susan provides piano music for Sunday worship and some special events. She works with our Director of Music Ministry to provide accompaniment for the South Church Choir and special Worship services. Susan lives in New Hampshire, and is an administrative assistant at the University of New Hampshire’s Music Department.

  • SEan

    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.