Rev. Dr. C. Maxwell Olmstead, Senior 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 with 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:


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:


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:


Carrie Swayze-Gerrish, Associate Pastor


Carrie Swayne-Gerrish joined the staff in the fall of 2014 as our pastoral intern.  She became our associate pastor in the fall of 2015.  Carrie is a 3rd year MDiv student on the pastoral ministry track at Boston University. She is a member in Discernment in the Metropolitan Boston Associate of the United Church of Christ. 



Beth Benjamin, Director of Congregational Life




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 works six hours a week 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, 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 of England, 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.



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The Dover Church

17 Springdale Ave

PO Box 305

Dover, MA 02030

Phone: 508-785-0957 or 508-785-0434

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Our pastor, Max Olmstead, can be reached after church business hours on his cell phone, 508-982-0422.

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Regular Hours (September to mid-June)

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Tuesday - Thursday

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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