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Ministers & Staff

Ministers & Staff

Rev. Dr. C. Maxwell Olmstead
Rev. Dr. C. Maxwell Olmstead
Senior Pastor
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Max Olmstead came to The Dover Church in 2009, with his wife and two boys. A Massachusetts native and lifelong member of the United Church of Christ, Max brings a passion for the experience of God to ministry. Whether in worship, or teaching yoga and meditation, chatting over coffee, or sharing stories of our life with God, Max seeks to help people find words for their faith, making God accessible, practical, applicable, and personal. When he was a professor of Old Norse, Vikings and Swedish language, Max lived in Colorado, California, Seattle, WA, Iceland and Sweden. When not doing things with his family or around the church, Max loves to flyfish for trout and striped bass, practice and teach yoga, kayak/canoe, run, hike and bike in the woods, and keep bees.

Max writes a blog, Maxolm, which you can access by clicking here.

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Beth Benjamin
Director of Congregational Life
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Beth joined The Dover Church staff in August 2013. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Dover in 1999 from California. Beth became a member of the church in 2008 when she was asked to serve on the Pastoral Search Committee. She has also served the church as Moderator (Jan. 2010 - Jan. 2013), Music Committee Chair/member and she has taught Sunday school classes for many years. Beth has volunteered in many areas of the local community (Girl Scouts, Dover-Sherborn Town Soccer) and currently volunteers with AFS USA, formerly American Field Service. Beth grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, attended The College of William and Mary, in Virginia, and earned a Master’s degree from Boston University. She and Mike have three grown children, Miles, Audrey and Emily. Beth enjoys looking for wildflowers while walking through the woods, gardening, and being with her family. 

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Sarah Hefter
Christian Education Director and Youth Group Co-Leader
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Sarah Hefter first came to The Dover Church in 2010, with her husband and daughter. Since then her family has grown with the addition of a son. Sarah has lived in the area for most of her life and feels blessed to be part of such a caring spiritual community. She is passionate about teaching but more importantly is passionate about guiding children through the journey of youth. She feels that facilitating an environment of safety, friendliness, joy, silliness and spirituality is a great reward. Sarah enjoys practicing yoga, skiing and taking long walks with her family.

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Suzanne McAllister
Interim Minister of Music
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After a hiatus of thirty-one years, Suzanne McAllister is delighted to re-join the staff of the Dover Church as interim minister of music. Having served at the church from 1976-1986, she left to direct choral activities at Wellesley College, Smith College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Harvard College.

She re-entered music ministry at the Norwell Church, joining Reverend Judy McCullough there for four years, and has since spent twenty-one years at The Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, an interim year at All Saints Parish in Brookline, and any number of substitute positions in and around Boston.

Suzanne is excited (and a little amused) to be back to the beautiful buildings where she raised three children and celebrated great friendships and many seasons of worshipping.

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Nancy Simms
Assistant Treasurer
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Nancy joined The Dover Church staff in May 2014. She and her husband, Jamie, moved to Dover in 2000 from Needham where they were active in the Needham Congregational Church. In addition to her role as the Assistant Treasurer, Nancy has served The Dover Church as a Deacon since 2012, is a member of the visitation ministry and enjoys teaching on a Sunday school teaching team. She is active in the local community, having served on many committees, commissions and boards and continues to enjoy the connections she makes through these volunteer activities. Nancy’s prior work experience includes assignments in multiple east coast cities with an international accounting firm and several years with a private consulting firm in Washington, DC. Nancy grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, attended Williams College, and earned an MBA degree from The Wharton School at UPenn where she met her husband. She and Jamie have four (mostly grown) children, Robert, Caroline, Elizabeth and Catherine. Nancy enjoys walks in beautiful places, cooking and eating good food, reading books and going to the movies, doing needlework and craft projects, and laughing with friends and family.

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Andy Tucker
Sexton
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Andy started working at The Dover Church in 1999. After graduating from New College of Florida, he spent five years as a volunteer in Mexico at a home for orphans and abandoned children serving in various capacities. After returning to the U.S., he began working on farms, first in New Mexico. He met his wife, Victoria, when they both worked for Heifer Project International. They have lived in Sherborn for the last 28 years where he manages Charlescote Farm, a scenic livestock farm.

Mary Yanke
Mary Yanke
Administrative Assistant
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Mary joined the staff in March of 2015 after several years attending the church with her husband, Karl and high school-aged children Grace and Aiden. She has served as a Deacon and teaches Sunday School as part of the teaching team. She especially enjoys working on creative projects with the children in the church.