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
 
DIANNE THOMPSON
Business Administrator
 
                                              Dianne works with the Stewards, in taking care of the congregation’s finanical needs.  She’s a retired educational computer specialist and most recently worked in the Exeter School District.  She enjoys gardening, and you may frequently find her tending the Friendship Garden by the upper parking lot entrance.
 
Dianne also enjoys quilting, cooking and reading.  She and her family moved to Durham in 1974, and she’s been a member of the Community Church for over 40 years.  She has three children and five grandchildren.  And she welcomes your questions and concerns.
 
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.
 
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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 fiancee Lloyd and their five children.
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:
SARAH & AARON WRIGHTSMAN
Sextons
 
                                      Aaron and Sarah Wrightsman joined our community in 2017.  As alumni of the University of New Hampshire, they’re excited to be back in Durham.
 
While working through the final parts of her graduate degree, Sarah splits time between two local nonprofits, including Friends in Action, where she manages the partnership with the Echo Thrift Shop.  Aaron is an aspiring writer by day, and floor manager at the Seabrook Poker Room by night.  
 
Aaron and Sarah spend their free time throwing a frisbee, climbing mountains, and playing board games.  The pair appreciate good food, good books, and good people!
 
If you’d like to introduce yourselves or need to reach the sextons:
 
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BUILDING MANAGER
AUDREY DROGSETH
Chair, Church Council