Leaders and Staff
DAVE GRISHAW-JONES
Pastor
 
                                        Dave brings to Durham deep passion for justice and peace, wedded to spiritual practice, joyful openness and expansive faith.  Born and raised in Boston, he has degrees from both Dartmouth College and Union Theological Seminary in New York City.  Since his 1989 ordination, he’s served dynamic and inclusive congregations in Seattle, Denver, Cambridge (MA) and Santa Cruz (CA).
 
At Peace United Church in Santa Cruz, Dave partnered with young leaders and elders to build a daring and open ministry, inviting LGBTQ leaders, undergraduates, activists and artists into a singular and beloved community of faith.
 
Here in Durham, Dave’s eager to sing new songs, challenge injustice at every turn and weave a multifaceted and wildly diverse church.  He sits on the United Church of Christ’s Palestine Israel Network (UCCPIN) steering committee and on the NH UCC’s Peace & Justice Advocates Team.
 
Dave hopes you’ll be in touch–for a visit, a call or chat, sometime soon!
 
Dave’s Blog:
 
 
Phone:
603-868-1230
KRISTIN FORSELIUS
Director of Education
 
                                        Kristin has worked for 20 years in community building and teaching.  As founder of a nonprofit organization, she has experience working in strategy, leadership and development.
 
Here at the Community Church, she appreciates her work-time most when she is working hands-on with children and their families.  She’s taught all ages from toddlers through university students.  And she devours books, recipes and art, and especially loves long walks in the woods with family, friends and her dog.
 
Email:
 
Phone:
603-868-1230
 
 
DINA GOSSELIN
Business Administrator
 

Dina graduated from UNH Durham with both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration. She has experience with managing the finances of organizations as well as sourcing and working with vendors.

 
At Community Church of Durham, Dina is responsible for accounts payable and receivable as well as working with the Stewards and other ministries to help monitor the Church’s financial well-being. She also works with the Wardens to keep our historic church home in good condition.
 
Dina likes to spend time with family, volunteer in animal rescue, craft (embroidery, watercolors & macrame) and help others minimize their physical possessions. As a firm believer in leaving things better than you found them, she is honored to be part of Community Church’s next chapter.
     
 
Email:
 
Phone:
603-868-1230
 
DAVID ERVIN
Music Director
 
                                      David brings faith, passion and creativity to his work as music director and choir director at the Community Church.  He’s also a music teacher at Oyster River High School, where he directs the school’s renowned Jazz Band.  
 
David is married to fellow teacher Ellen Ervin, and they have two children, Thatcher and Alana.
 
Be in touch with David if you’re curious or interested in joining our Chancel Choir–which practices during the school year on Wednesday evenings.
 
 
Phone:
603-868-1230
 
CATHERINE YORK
Organist
 
                                  Catherine is a New Hampshire native and three-time winner of the Granite State Piano Competition (1981, 1983, 1984).  She’s a 1988 graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and a winner in the New England Conservatory Honors Piano Competition (1988).
 
Catherine was a semi-finalist in the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition in 1989, and won the Commonwealth Competition for Young Pianists in 1991.  She was the Guest Composer at Cornell University’s Center for Theater Arts in Ithica, NY, where she was also assistant choirmaster at Sage Chapel.
 
In 1992, Catherine was one of four national finalists in the Chicago Club of Women Organists Competition.  She was the Resident Music Director and Director of Music at the Beck Center for the Arts in Cleveland before returning to New Hampshire in 2003.  In 2005, her piano trio won the Chamber Music Foundation of New England’s International Chamber Ensemble Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall.
 
She also teaches piano at her studio in her home in Barrington, where she lives  with her family.
HEATHER CURRAN
Office Administrator
 
                                  Heather brings a wealth of skills to her position as Office Administrator.  She’s spent more than 12 years working in medical and dental office administration.  And she and her family live in Durham, where her children attend Oyster River Schools.
 
Email Heather:
 
Phone: 603-868-1230
 
CHRIS MARION
Sexton
 
 
                                     
JOHN BELCHER
Building Manager
 
 
John says: “I was raised in Durham, NH and was active in the Community Church Youth Group as well as most every sport program offered. I graduated from Oyster River High School, then headed to UNH. I played three years of varsity soccer there and graduated with a BA in Political Science.

“In 1972, I was accepted into the US Navy’s Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. After graduating in June of that year, I reported to my first ship at Little Creek, VA. After tours on six ships, ranging from Chief Engineer on a frigate, Main Propulsion Assistant on an aircraft carrier, to re-commissioning Chief Engineer on USS Wisconsin, America’s last battleship, I retired in
1992 at the rank of Commander.

“I then returned to Durham with my wife Trish, our daughter Katie and son Andrew.

“Over the next few years, I worked as a real estate property manager, financial advisor, hardware store manager and sales representative for Cabletron Systems in Rochester. After the dot.com bubble burst, I was encouraged by friends to start a home  improvement business. I did and it was a great 14 year journey, doing home repairs and remodeling jobs, that introduced me to many wonderful people and businesses around the area. I retired in 2018.

“In 2006, I was inducted into the Rotary Club of Durham-Great Bay and have been an active member since, focusing on community and global service projects. I have served as President
of the Club three times. In 1993, when I earned a masters degree in Marine Affairs at URI, I wanted to get involved with the Sea Grant Marine Docent  Program, but work prevented that. With retirement, I enrolled in the UNH’s Marine Docent  Program and have since been very active with their many marine based education programs.”
 
 
Phone: 603-868-1230
JOHN MOORE
Chair, Church Council