• Karen Cassidy

    Karen Cassidy

    Karen serves as First United Methodist Church's Administrative Assistant.  She has a Bachelor of Arts  degree in the area of  Elementary Education & Special Education from Rivier College & a Masters of Education Degree in Learning Disabilities & Language Disorders from Notre Dame College.   She has recently retired from serving for 35 years as a special education teacher and special education adminstrator in a NH School District.  In the past Karen has served as a Lay Speaker for First UMC and has completed the program requirements and been approved as a Certified Lay Minister within the NE Conference of the United Methodist Church.   Presently, she is on the NE Conference Board of Laity as one of two layleaders representing the NH District and serves on several other NH District Committees.  She and her husband, Richard, live in Manchester.  They have 2 daughters and twin grandsons!  Karen can be reached at the Church Office  by phone: 603-622-8863 or through church  email office@fumcmanchester.org.



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  • John Young

    John Young

    October 2, 2016, marks my first day as First United Methodist Church’s Ministry Coordinator.  My education includes an Associate of Arts degree in Psychology from Palm Beach Community College in 1996 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ministry from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2007.  Before starting as the Ministry Coordinator, I was a member of Cornerstone Community Church, a non-denominational church in Concord, since my move to New Hampshire from Florida in 2012. At the church in Concord, I was a co-leader of a men’s Bible study group. Prior to my and my family’s move from Florida, I was a member of Community of Hope Church, a United Methodist church in Loxahatchee Groves.  At the United Methodist church, I was a co-leader of a group in the children’s ministry, where my two oldest children were students and then youth helpers.  I currently reside with my wife, son, and two daughters in Merrimack County.  I feel that God has been drawing me toward doing more for His kingdom, and I am very thankful for the opportunity to do His work here at First United Methodist Church.  The desire to show God’s love for others and tell others about my love for Jesus and His love for us has increased with the experiences that I have had and what I have been taught about God’s unfathomable love for every single one of us, whether we are ready to accept the invitation into his kingdom or not.  I know that through Jesus is the love and life that God made us to experience!


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  • Director of Music

    Director of Music

    Rev. Dr. Joseph, (Joe) Borden directs the choir for the morning worship service.  His background includes teaching school music and directing choirs and bands.  He thoroughly enjoys working with the choir members and staff and First United Methodist Church. He states, " The congregation has made Peggy, Jack and me feel so welcomed." He comes to New Hampshire after twenty-two years teaching public school music in Tennessee.