Board of Trustees
Jeff became a member of South Church in 1987 and became its Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Chair of the Trustees in rapid succession. Along with the late Jeannette Hopkins, he refurbished the South Church Endowment Committee and By-laws and served as its first Chair. Jeff’s maternal grandparents, George Coffin and Marion Gates were married at South Church in 1928. Jeff owns a wealth advisory practice in Portsmouth and resides in Eliot with his wife Martha and their four children.
Cindy and her husband Chris were married in the UU Church in Groton, MA in 1982. They moved to Portsmouth with their daughter Molly in 1989 and became members of South Church at that time. Cindy has served on the Pocket Garden Tour, was co-chair for a few years, has been an usher and been a visiting steward for several years. She was a Social Justice Associate and has taught in the RE Program. She is a member of the Property Committee and enjoys spending time in the church gardens. She looks forward to serving on the board in this vibrant time in our church community.
Lucy has been coming to South Church since 2008, joined by her daughter, Naomi, who was in middle school at the time. As the daughter of a Methodist Navy chaplain, who always pitched his sermons as broadly as possible, focusing on the theme of our common humanity, South Church felt like home. It was also a good solution for a family with mixed religious traditions. Lucy is married to Lee Rubin, and in addition to her daughter Naomi, she has a son, Nate. She has loved singing with the Folk Group and South Church choir but has especially enjoyed teaching in the Religious Education Program. She served on the Religious Education Committee and the Music Committee. Lucy has lived in New Hampshire since 1989, coming from California to teach in the History Department at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches and writes about the history of immigration and citizenship law (among many other topics). She looks forward to serving in a new capacity at South Church and deepening her ties to our community.
In 1990, Judy relocated from northern Virginia to Stratham. The prior year had been one of turmoil. After settling into her new home, she began a search for a faith which would provide spirituality and community unlike the religion of her upbringing. After attending many unfulfilling services in the area, a friend suggested South Church. A suggestion for which Judy will be forever grateful. She became a member in 1992. Before retiring Judy served on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization for many years. Retirement has now brought blessed free time to volunteer again. In addition to being a Pocket Garden committee member for several years, she is eager to broaden her South Church horizons by serving as a trustee.
R. DAVID DRUCKER
The peripatetic Dave was born in Ithaca, NY and has been on the move ever since – Chicago and Oak Park, IL; the Bronx, NY; Johnston, Cranston and Providence, RI; London, UK; Rochester, NY; Teotihuacan, MX; Salem, MA; Utica, NY; and, finally Dover, NH. Interested in maritime history, ships and the sea since he was 10, Dave is an active member of the UNH Marine Docent program, and volunteers on the crew for The Gundalow Company which allows him some sailing time as well as the opportunity to meet the general public. As a singer almost from birth (his first cries were rumored to be pentatonic and loud), Dave has found Seacoast musical homes in the Marine Docent Chantey Singers, the Community Chorus of South Berwick, and the South Church choir. Professionally, Dave has taught Social and Cultural Anthropology, been a classical music announcer and program manager on commercial and public broadcast stations, processed and analyzed radiocarbon samples, and been a museum director for a tribal museum and a local history museum. Currently retired, Dave has been writing poetry full time instead of in the haphazard way he had treated that obsession for over five decades previously. From a very early age, Dave has been involved in the struggle for social justice. He was a participant in the March on Montgomery in 1965, worked to establish the Hospital Workers’ Union 1199 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY, and, most recently, served as a South Church Social Justice Associate. Still a seeker in spiritual matters, Dave is a convener of a Small Group Ministry gathering and is on the Small Group Ministry Steering Committee. He is eager to immerse himself in the business of being a Board Member at a time when South Church is thriving and striving ever more mindfully to be of service to our congregation and the larger Seacoast community.
Chris and his wife, Pilar, have been members of South Church for the last five years with their daughters, Magnolia and Sahalie. He has served a number of roles in the Religious Education program, including being a Senior Youth Advisor, an OWL Facilitator, and a mentor in the Coming of Age program. Outside of church, he loves to spend time with his girls, hiking, bike riding, camping and just enjoying the great outdoors. He also co-owns Mighty Roots, a local residential design-build company. Chris is honored to be joining the board and serving the great community of people here at South Church.
Connie has attended South Church for 6 years and has been a member for 4 ½ years. She has served on the Small Group Ministry and continues to serve on the Pocket Garden Committee. She has been involved with Adult Educations and facilitated a Women’s Writing Group through AE. She also served as a greeter for Sunday services. She is looking forward to contributing to South Church in a different way through serving on the Board of Trustees.
Alan and Martha Ammann moved to New Hampshire in 1981 and became members of South Church in 1991. In her years at South Church, Martha circled through all aspects of Small Group Ministry; recently, she joined the Fellowship Associates, and for the last three years, finds wise council in the Aging with Grace community. Martha also lists teaching in the RE program and working on the auction committee in the first few years at South Church. Martha and Alan celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in 2016 and continue celebrating their time at South Church..
Donna Borg has been attending South Church since 2010 after she and her family moved to the seacoast from the midwest. She initially scouted out South Church, looking for a welcoming community and inspirational sermons. Not only did she find those things, she also learned that to truly "plug in" meant exploring a few of the South Church offerings. After joining a Small Group Ministry and making a few friends, Donna signed up for the Tuesday evening South Church choir practices. From 2013 to 2016 she served on the Pastoral Associates Committee, the last year in the capacity of a convener. She is now excited to serve as one of the new Board of Trustee members and hopes to get to know the church on an even deeper level.
CJ attended South Church for over 20 years before becoming a member in January 2010. CJ and Stephen were married in the church on February 4th, 2010 immediately after the State of New Hampshire legalized same gender marriage. They experienced the love and support of South Church during the 2 and 1/2 years of Stephen’s battle with cancer and his death in 2011. CJ has served on a number of fund raising committees over the years, including the auction and the Pocket Garden Tour, of which he was co-chair for three years. Most recently he has become the chair of the Property Committee. Star Island continues to be a special place and an important part of his life. He has a passion for travel, history, books and working with glass. CJ has served on a number of Portsmouth based non profit boards including AIDS-Response Seacoast and the Prescott Park Arts Festival. He is the owner of a Portsmouth business that has been in his family for almost 50 years.