Ministers & Staff | The Dover Church
Ministers & Staff
Ministers & Staff
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.
Kayla grew up in Easton, Massachusetts and went to Carleton College out in snowy Minnesota where she studied English, South Asian studies, and Women and Gender studies; and where she sprinted for the track team, worked for the multi-faith campus chapel, and met her fiancé Walter.
Kayla is currently finishing her masters degree at Harvard Divinity School, where her studies focus on ministry and trauma-informed care. In the summers, she co-directs Camp Wilmot, a Presbyterian overnight camp in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. As a camper and now a staff member, Camp Wilmot has been a place where Kayla has witnessed the transformative power of belonging and play, and where she’s developed a passion for youth ministry. In the little time not in class or up at Camp, Kayla enjoys seeing family, running, reading mystery novels, gardening, cooking and baking, and just being outdoors.
When worshipping with TDC in November, Kayla was taken by the authenticity and welcome she found, and she absolutely cannot wait to discover the many more reasons she'll have to love The Dover Church community! Please introduce yourself to Kayla at coffee hour or at other times on Sundays.
Christine is an organist/pianist/choral conductor with more than 20 years’ professional experience. She is a member of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists where she is the Chair of the Young Organist Initiative, which continues to grow. She served as Chair of the Friends of Curtis Music Program at Ephraim Curtis Middle School in Sudbury and recently successfully oversaw fundraising and acquiring of a concert grand piano for their auditorium. Additionally she is the Music Director of the Ephraim Curtis Middle School Musical Theatre Troupe as well as the Ephraim Curtis Middle School choral and instrumental programs. She lives in Sudbury with her husband Paul, a Sudbury native and five children, Jake a sophomore at McGill University, LS senior Charlotte, 7th grade twins Maeve and Bridget and Family CEO Lorelei, their eight-year old. In her spare time Christine enjoys stealing quiet moments and spending time with her family.
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.
Nancy Simms is the Assistant Treasurer of The Dover Church and has served in that capacity since 2014. She also has served the church in several volunteer capacities including as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, a member of the visitation ministry team, a member of Sunday school teaching teams, and most recently as a member of the Handbell Choir. Nancy is active in the local community, having served on and led 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 public accounting firm and several years with a private consulting firm in Washington, DC. Nancy grew up in Middlebury, Vermont, received her undergraduate degree in Economics and German from Williams College, and earned an MBA degree in Finance and Public Policy from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her husband have four (mostly grown) children. 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.
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.
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.