FCCH has a staff of spirit-inspired servants who make it all happen. If you would like to get in touch with someone personally, find their contact info at the bottom of their bio. For general inquires, contact here…
Peter Smith came to Hanson to serve as our Pastor on March 1, 2015, after serving more than 19 years in Thomaston, CT. Prior to that, he pastored two yoked churches in rural Indiana, and then was on staff of 3,000-member Colonial Church of Edina, MN, under the leadership of Dr. Arthur Rouner, author of The Congregational Way of Life.
Since arriving on the South Shore, Peter has continued his involvement with community efforts for the prevention of substance abuse through Whitman-Hanson WILL and the Brockton Area Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative
Peter’s foreign mission experience includes teaching in Ukraine, Tanzania, Kenya and India. At the request of the Evangelical Church of India, his doctoral thesis-project became a book on pastoral ministry, Thriving Churches Then and Now, which is available from Amazon.
A former choir director, Peter’s other interests include backpacking, bicycling (often on a tandem with his wife, Carol), and continuing his lifelong love for the Boston Red Sox. Peter and Carol have two grown children and a granddaughter. In addition to being active as a pastor within the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (naccc.org), Peter also serves as Area Representative for the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (ccccusa.com).
Check out his weekly blog, Safe in God’s Hemming Palm, here
Karin Engstrom comes to FCCH with her husband Walter from their longtime church in Jamaica Plain, Boston. Throughout her life she has been (but not only) an ad agency rep, babysitter, manufacturing rep, community covenant church secretary, elder caretaker, Sunday school teacher, and children’s choir director. Although she was born in Boston, she has happily spent the last 48 years in Hanson. Walter and Karin have 3 adult children with 5 total grandchildren. Together they love to travel to Maine, Florida, and Chicago to visit friends and family. She will, no doubt, bring her years of expertise and passion for music and Sunday school into her new role at FCCH.
Nicole Draves has been married since 2004 to her husband, Karl. They have two sons, Coby, born in 2007 and Grayson, born in 2009. Nicole and Karl live in Pembroke (in the same neighborhood Nicole grew up in!). She has her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Currently, Nicole, works in a daycare with infants and toddlers, so she can be home with her boys when they aren’t at school. She loves to cook, bake, read, fish and decorate the house. Nicole also recently started a boxing class twice a week that she loves!
Cheryl Spriggs has been Office Administrator since August of 2014. Previously, she was assistant to one of the pastors at Jubilee Christian Church in Roxbury. Cheryl is the mother of two children much loved by this church, Xavier and Jateja.
The members of the Senior Choir of this church are a very dedicated group of people who love to sing and who love the Lord. During the months of September through June, we rehearse on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. These rehearsals are so much more than practicing the anthems for the coming weeks. Yes, we do sing, but there is also a wonderful fellowship taking place at these rehearsals as we offer prayers and support for one another, as we laugh together and share an occasional piece of chocolate! The Senior Choir sings at the Traditional 9:00 a.m. service on Sunday mornings.
Would you like to join us? There is always room in the “loft” for you.
The Missions Committee is comprised of 5 members who meet on the first Tuesday of the month. The members work on various projects, support missions and distribute funds to missions approved by NACCC, as well as charities recommended by church members. Missions and missionaries are reviewed periodically for maintaining criteria for funding. Need, evangelism and efficiency in providing support are explored during the evaluation. Church members are asked to select the amount of their offerings that will be used to make up our annual budget. Often members of the congregation designate funding to their favorite charities. Current mission projects are explained monthly in the church newsletter. Some missions that we support include: NACCC One Great Hour of Sharing, Hanson Community Christmas, Hanson Food Pantry, Be Like Brit- Haiti Orphanage, South Shore Women’s Resource Center – Worthy Women Project, Father Bills Place/MainSpring Coalition for the Homeless, Teen Challenge- Brockton Ma, New Hope Correctional Ministeries, Blue Star Mothers, Seafarer’s Friend and Hospice of the South Shore.
The mission of the Worship Team band is to lead the congregation in expressions of worship through contemporary songs of praise, instrumental music and other arts. It is the team’s aim to guide the congregation into worship, the presence of God, and thus a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. As a flexible team, we are always open to dedicated musicians joining with us for the glory of God alone.