Our Music Director

Rebecca Harrold

Rebecca hales from Mentor, Ohio and is a Singer, Musician and Composer. Presently she holds the position as Lead Pianist for Boston Ballet's Marblehead Studio. She has played in the pit orchestra for The Company Theater, accompanied the Voice Studio of Robert Honeysucker, and has played for Burklyn Ballet of Vermont. She has had the privilege of working with Stephen Schwartz as principle pianist for the IRNE award-winning production of "The Baker's Wife" by way of her affliation with Company Theater.

Rebecca is classically trained with a degree in Vocal Music Performance, and has sung in diverse styles from classical to acapella, rock and gospel. Her premiere CD "The River of Life" was produced with Grammy Award winning director, producer, composer, William Ackerman (Wyndham Hill fame) and has been successfully making waves in Australia/Asia along with her independently produced video for the title track featuring the local talents of Melissa Reed (dancer) and Kevin Jenkins (choreographer). In 2017, her music video for "The River of Life" was performed live at the Massachusetts General Hospital Gala Fundraising Gala. 

"Church Musician" has always been a significant role for Rebecca, as she was raised on gospel music as well as contemporary Christian music. She has played with hundreds of churches across the country and has taken the advice of spiritual leaders of ALL denominations to just "sing and play for the Lord". 

For more about Rebecca visit her website at http://rebeccaharroldmusic.com/.

Our Healing Circle Leader

Cynthia C. Turco



Cynthia has been an active member of the First Congregational Church in Saugus since the early 90’s. During which time she has served as the Church secretary as well as the head of the Deacons and on the Religious Education board. She has been the clerk, Sunday school teacher and youth group leader.


Of recent she has been actively working with Reverend Martha as a meditation leader of the “Healing Circle”, where anyone is welcome to come and take time for them selves in the form of prayer and meditation.


Cynthia has taken classes in meditation and has study many different forms. She is also a Reiki Master, photographer, writer, poet, naturist, animal lover. She has a strong belief in being positive and spreading that positive energy out to all she meets. She gets her inspiration through helping others to find their positive side and seeing the beauty in every day things.

Our Church Secretary

Vanessa Byrne

Vanessa has been our website editor for almost 2 years now and has agreed to take on more responsibilities in the church office. She is a graphic designer, photographer, and social media specialist who lives in Saugus. (Her mother, Joanne, was our secretary 8 years ago.) We’re very fortunate to have Vanessa’s energy and expertise at work for our church.  Carolyn Davis will still be printing the Sunday programs and assisting Vanessa throughout the training period. (Thank you, Carolyn, for all the hats you have worn here at church). If you have church news to publish, email Vanessa at vanessabyrne818@gmail.com or leave her a note.  



• Our Open Communion Table

• Baptism

• Weddings: Marriage Equality for All

• Memorial Services

• Healing Circle

An Open & Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Christ

Rev. Heike grew up in East Germany. She studied theology at Leipzig Theological Seminary before coming to the United States in 1990. She received her Master of Divinity at Bangor Theological Seminary in 1992, and a Master of Psychology and Religion from Andover Newton Theological School in 1994. 

Rev. Heike was ordained in June of 1995 and served her first church in Essex Junction, VT. In 1999 she joined the Congregational Church of Needham as the Associate Minister until December of 2018. After a short-term interim at Park Avenue Congregational Church, she now serves the First Congregational Church of Saugus as interim minister.

Rev. Heike has had practice in all aspects of ministry – from working with children, leading worship, support groups and retreats, visiting the elderly to cooking tasty meals for large crowds.

Rev. Heike lives with her spouse south of Boston, MA. In her free time she loves gardening, riding her bike, reading, cooking, and traveling.

You can read more about her on her website at https://heikewerder.com

Every Sunday morning we gather together for an hour of prayer, song and meditation – an hour that many of us find gives us comfort after a hard week, and inspiration for the week to come. We light a Peace Candle to open our time together, praying for God to heal a hurting world. We read a Bible passage and hear our Pastor’s sermon, as she attempts to make the ancient words come alive for us today.  

The biblical theme is woven into our songs and prayers.  Our children share in worship with us at the beginning of the service, then go to Sunday School with their teachers.  People of all ages and abilities are welcome to our church. All that is required is a hunger to know where God’s Holy Spirit may be leading us next.

Worship Programs 

Rev. Heike Werder, Interim Minister