Meet Our Staff

Our church staff works as a team to offer the best possible resources for everyone, whether you are a first time guest or a regular attender. Each member of our team is a leader who prioritizes the overall goals of the church.

Meredith A. Allen


Merrie is a graduate of Tufts University with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in French and Education. She received her Master of Divinity from Andover Theological School, and she was ordained in 1998. Merrie revels in the intergenerational nature of church and the opportunity to work collaboratively with all members of the congregation to bring God’s kingdom to this world.

She loves pastoral ministry, is passionate about children, and exudes warmth, faith, and enthusiasm. Merrie resides in Winchester, and she has two adult daughters who live in Australia and Los Angeles.

Joyce Simpson

Music Director

Joyce has been playing the piano since she was seven years old, and has served as Organist for several churches starting at the age of fourteen.  She has been Music Director at First Church for the past decade, and the Christmas and Easter Cantatas that she directs are popular well beyond the Stoneham community.

In addition to sharing her joy for music ministry, Joyce enjoys traveling, cooking, the beach, being with her friends and spending time with her eight grandchildren.

Sara Thompson

Church Secretary

Sara has a BA in English from Worcester State University.  She grew up at First Church and returned to the church as secretary in 1999. With 18 years of working here, she considers First Church her second home.

Sara has four children and three young grandchildren, and is also a loving “Mama” to her three birds.  She is a fan of Science Fiction and enjoys power walking/jogging with friends.

Heidi Bilbo

Sunday School Superintendent

Heidi attended Sunday School at First Church and now is our creative Sunday School Superintendent.  Her life outside of FCC is focused on computer programming and raising her four children.

Heidi enjoys scrap-booking and other crafts, coaching cheerleading, and watching the Red Sox and Patriots.

Lynn Haddad


Lynn has been a member of the First Congregational Church since 1994 and Church Treasurer since 2013.  She is the owner of Expressions in Fabric, designing and fabricating custom window treatments and home accessories since she started the business in 2004.

Lynn is the manager of FCC’s food pantry, where she spends numerous hours volunteering, and is also active in cooking for the Hungry Helpers group for the Community Dinner program.  Her hobbies include gardening at home as well as keeping First Church’s grounds beautiful, sewing and travel with family.

Leonard Levine


Lenny has a background in Real Estate and construction, and has been lovingly maintaining First Church since the fall of 2013.  He was previously a member of the Swansea, MA, Mt. Dora, FL, and Jackson, NH Fire Departments.

Lenny enjoys fishing, handyman projects, working outside and spending time with his friends.

Contact Info

Worship: Every Sunday at 10am