Minister & Staff

Minister: Reverend Roger C. Peltier

Having a great enthusiasm for congregational life and a passion for justice, the Reverend Roger C. Peltier began preparation for the Unitarian Universalist ministry in 2001, responding to a deeply felt call to change the world by changing lives, one mind and one heart at a time. He was ordained at the historic Arlington Street Church in Boston, MA, where he served for many years as a lay leader.

Rev. Roger has enjoyed very successful ministries in a diverse array of congregations including the UU Church of Sarasota, Florida (the Gulf-Coast’s largest liberal church), and the UU Society of Grafton & Upton and the First Parish of Framingham, both in Massachusetts.

Rev. Peltier has served as the Administrative Consultant of the Massachusetts Bay District, UUA and later served on its board. He has represented the UU Ministers Association as a member of the UUA Council of Church Staff Finances and the Certification Committee of the Association of UU Administrators.

A native of Rhode Island, Rev. Peltier attended Rhode Island College and then received a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. A world traveler and an ardent fan of musical theater, Rev. Peltier and his spouse, John Hickey, both enjoy singing with the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus. They live in a modest cape home with Luke, their yellow Lab.

Music Director: James Chubet

SONY DSCJames Chubet has performed extensively as a soloist and as a chamber and orchestral musician and accompanist throughout the U.S. as well as in Italy, Spain and Iceland. Since 2004, he has been the Music Director at First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Canton where he leads the choir and plays piano and organ. Jim is also a member of the piano faculty at Boston College and the All-Newton Music School, coaches chamber music at the Wellesley College Chamber Music Center and performs regularly with the Cottage Quartet and Lavazza Chamber Ensemble. Jim has served as Principal Keyboard and Chamber Music Coordinator with the Britt Festival Orchestra in Oregon every summer since 1985 and has appeared three times as a soloist with the orchestra including performances of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with the late maestro James DePreist and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and Second Rhapsody with Peter Bay. He holds two Master’s Degrees in Piano Performance and Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Gabriel Chodos.

Director of Religious Education: Melissa Sturdy

melissa-sturdyMelissa Sturdy attended the Duxbury Unitarian Universalist Church with her family as a child and has fond memories of being part of their junior liberal religious youth group. As an adult, her life’s work has centered around enriching the lives of children. She volunteered as a public school enrichment coordinator, where she worked to enhance curriculum . She coordinated school assemblies, after school events, teacher’s professional training workshops, and children’s field trips. She founded her own preschool, and summer nature camp. She has also a love of art and music therefore has coordinated children’s art exhibits, and youth musical coffee houses.

She brings four years of previous Director of Religious Education experience to First Parish UU of Canton. She has worked part time at Rockland’s Channing Church and the UU Church of Weymouth, She also worked as a part time interim DRE at First Parish of Cohasset.

She has Master Credits in Program Administration and is Director & Teacher Certified by the Commonwealth of MA. Her Bachelor of Arts Degree is in Management of Human Services from the University of Massachusetts.

Office Administrator: Carol Seaman

carol-seamanCarol Seaman, our Office Administrator, has been a lifelong Unitarian Universalist. She grew up in Canton and currently lives in Attleboro with her family. She was a physical therapist for 28 years, but “retired” in 2012 after an injury. She enjoys interacting with people and spending time outdoors.

Administrative Assistant: Jeanne Zarrillo

admin_assistantA lifelong resident of Massachusetts, except for a five year hiatus working at NASA for the Aerospace Educational Services Project, Jeanne Zarrillo worked as an Executive Assistant to the Senior Managing Partner of a large Boston law firm specializing in corporate and real estate law. Jeanne spends time with her 3 children, 8 grandchildren, and her many cherished friends; and she volunteers at Friends of the Unborn in Quincy and the Adult Literacy Program of Massachusetts. She also enjoys skiing, horse back riding, crocheting and reading historical novels.