Pastor Geisa Matos-Machuca
I was born in the Dominican Republic. God called me to pastoral ministry as a teenager. When I finished high school, I started taking courses in theology at the Seminary of the Dominican Evangelical Church. At the same time, I was a full-time student at Santo Domingo Autonomous University, where I was pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My move to the U.S. in 2002 curtailed my studies. Once in the U.S., I joined Saint Andrews’ United Methodist Church, in Jamaica Plain, MA. In 2010, I earned my Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Harvard University, and in 2013, I received a Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology. I served as a pastor at the United Methodist Mission La Restauracion in Springfield, MA for almost two years. I now I serve as lead pastor at First United Methodist Church in Manchester, NH. I am commissioned as a provisional elder in the New England Conference of the UMC. I also serve in a variety of capacities within the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church.
I feel humbled and privileged at the same time to have the opportunity to share the Good News with others, as I affirm, through my preaching, that God is always present and that God's grace abounds. My husband, Roberto Machuca, to whom I have been married for eightyears, plays an integral part in my ministry. With God’s help, I will continue to serve others in constructive and life-giving ways in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Our baby girl Geila arrived in June of 2014 and things have not been the same since! I continue to serve others in constructive and life-giving ways in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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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. Presently, she is serving on the NE Conference Board of Laity as one of three layleaders representing the NH District. At this time she is close to completing certification as a Certified Lay Minister within the NE Conference of the United Methodist Church. 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 email@example.com.
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Christine has served as the Teacher's Assistant at FUMC's Activa-Tree Christine Preschool since 2006. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from the Universtiy of Massachusetts, Lowel in May of 1987. In May of 1994 Christine received a Master's degree in Manufacturing Management Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. She worked for almost 4 years as a manufactoring engineer before becoming a mom. In 2006, Christine earned a Lead Teacher Certificate from Hesser College in Manchester, NH. She has been a member of First United Methodist Church since May of 1997 and currently resides in Manchester with her husband, Wade, and their 3 sons! Christine can be reached at Activa-Tree Christian Preschool - 603-622-6654 or by email; firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathleen has been the Director/Teacher at Activa-Tree since 1996. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in Child Development and an Associate’s degree in Safety Studies from Keene State College. Before coming to Activa-Tree, Kathleen operated a family day care home in Manchester for eleven years. Prior to operating her own business at home she worked at a large day care center in the city and before that a group family day care home. She is married and has a son, a daughter-in-law, and two granddaughters who live out of state and two daughters and a son-in-law who live in the area. Being the wife of a pastor, she is very involved in her church, but still finds time to make corn chowder for FUMC functions!
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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