Rev. Deborah Warner, Rector
The Rev. Deborah M. Warner has served at the Church of the Messiah since September 2005, first as the Priest-in-Charge and beginning in September 2008, as rector. Committed to parish ministry, community involvement and environmental justice – especially as that relates to changes in the earth’s climate, Deborah has helped to strengthen our presence in the community in Woods Hole and Falmouth. In addition to her parish responsibilities, Deborah is the Dean of the Cape and Islands Deanery and is part of the Diocese of Massachusetts Creation Care Committee. She also serves on the board of the Falmouth Service Center and is a Member of the Corporation of Sea Education Association in Woods Hole.
Deborah received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Salem College (Winston-Salem, NC) and was awarded her Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary (New York, NY). She was ordained in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of New York as a deacon in June, 1982 and as a priest in April, 1983. She has been part of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts since 1984 having served as the curate at the Parish of St. John the Evangelist in Hingham (1984-1987), assistant rector and interim at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, Taunton (1987-1990) and rector at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Dover (1990-2005.)
When she is not involved in church or community activities, Deborah is an enthusiastic sailor and enjoys the camaraderie of the the Ladies sailing races at the Woods Hole Yacht Club as well as playing platform tennis throughout the year. She welcomes the opportunity to read as well as just relax with friends and spending time with her dog, Cooper.
Brittany Lord, Music Director & Organist
Brittany Lord has been the Music Director at the Church of the Messiah since August 2008. She has a large studio of private piano students in the Falmouth/Bourne area, and is also the harpsichordist for the new early music ensemble Courante, based out of Falmouth. Brittany was the Accompanist and Assistant Director for the Mastersingers By the Sea from 2013-2015 and the Artistic Director for the Greater Falmouth Mostly-All-Male Men’s Chorus from 2009 to 2013. Prior to coming to the Church of the Messiah, she was the music director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley, NJ.
Brittany earned a Master’s degree in organ performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she studied organ with Alan Morrison and was the Graduate Assistant to the Organ Department. She received her Bachelor’s degrees in both Organ Performance and Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, studying organ with Ray Cornils. Prior to her organ studies, she studied piano with Robert Noyes, of Durham, ME.
When she is not involved in musical activities, Brittany enjoys gardening, cooking, baking, renovating her old house with her husband, Marshall, and caring for her cats, ferrets, goats and chickens.
Nancy MacDonald, Parish Administrative Assistant
Nancy joined the staff of the Church of the Messiah in October 2015, and prior to that she held a number of positions in Falmouth and Woods Hole. She has had many volunteer ‘jobs’, including the Falmouth Service Center, MBL/WHOI Library, Falmouth Head Start program and the West Falmouth Library, and as an osprey monitor for Mass. Audubon.
She enjoys gardening, birding, walking with her dog in the woods and on the beach, catching sunsets from Woodneck Beach, live music and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
George Cary, Bookkeeper
Julie DeMello, Financial Recorder
Bruce Bagley, Church Sexton
Bruce has been the sexton at the Church of the Messiah since March of 2015. Prior to that, he worked and lived on Naushon Island for about 45 years, working in various positions and ending as superintendent for the last 24 years. He enjoys working for the Church of the Messiah. The setting is as wonderful as the people.
His interests include history and nature.
Hilary Greene, Deacon-in-training
Warren Bagley, Custodian
Doug Amon, Cemetery Sexton