Rev. Dr. C. Maxwell Olmstead, Pastor
I came to Dover in August of 2009 with my family, after serving three other churches in New England. Before that, I had been an academic, studying and teaching medieval Scandinavian subjects: Vikings, Icelandic sagas, Norse mythology, Swedish language, that sort of thing. In my spare time, I like to do things with my family, fish and tie flies for trout and stripers, hike, and walk our dog.
If you would like find out what I preach on any given Sunday, you can visit my blog: maxolm.blogspot.com.
The thing that really turns me on about ministry is helping people with their faith journeys. It is my conviction that everyone's on one, even the folks who insist that they're not. I help people see where they are, how they're going about it, what opportunities might be winking at them, offer advice, and help with prayer. The formal term is spiritual direction, but I like to call it spiritual friendship.
I am a big believer in meditation and am leading sessions on this practice. Check out this video to see what it's all about: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nwwKbM_vJc
Right now, I am in the midst of a multi-year pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. Every summer, I spend a week walking on this ancient pilgrim trail. For a better idea of what this is about, go to: www.caminodesantiago.me.uk
Beth Benjamin, Director of Congregational Life
Beth joined The Dover Church staff in Augst 2013. She and her husband, Mike, moved to Dover in 1999 from California. Beth joined the church in 2008 when she was asked to serve on the Pastoral Search Committee. She has also served the chruch 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 masters 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.
Nancy Simms, Assistant Treasurer
Nancy joined The Dover Church staff in May 2014. She and her husband, Jamie, officially joined the church in 2009 when their oldest child began preparing for his confirmation. They moved to Dover in 2000 from Needham where they were active in the Needham Congregational Church. In addition to her paid position 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 has played many roles in the local community and currently volunteers at the Dover Council on Aging, serves as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner, and holds a leadership position on the high school PTO board. Her 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 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.
Sarah Hefter, Christian Education Administrator
Michael Kraft, Director of Music
Michael joined the staff in June 1993, as organist, during the installation of the C.B. Fisk pipe organ. In September of 1999 he became the Music Director of the church. Michael works at C.B. Fisk organ builders in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he has been involved with the design, building and voicing of over 30 instruments, including the one at The Dover Church. His musical training began at age 6 and continued through his education at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he met his wife, Stacia.
Stacia Conklin Kraft, Resident Artist
Stacia joined the staff in September 1999. Trained as a singer at the New England Conservatory of Music, she has performed in opera, musical theatre, classical recitals, cabaret, and comedy improvisation. She and Michael are renovating an 18th century house in Salem, MA where they live with their three children, Jack, Ilsa, and Oskar and their standard poodle, Renne. Stacia is active in historic preservation and is an avid gardener.
Andy Tucker, Sexton
Mary Yanke, Office Assistant
The Dover Church
17 Springdale Ave
PO Box 305
Dover, MA 02030
Phone: 508-785-0957 or
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Our pastor, Max Olmstead, can be reached after church business hours on his cell phone, 508-982-0422.
We're here to welcome you. For non-emergencies, please drop by during these hours:
Monday through Friday
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM