Staff at Harvard-Epworth

Rev. Mitch Hay & Rev. Barb Lemmel

Co-Pastors

Rev. Mitchell Hay has enjoyed serving in diverse ministry settings:  a four-church charge in Vermont’s rural Northeast Kingdom, village churches in the Adirondacks, a compact urban ministry environment in Vermont’s capitol city, and, for the last fourteen years, a suburban faith community near Burlington. He has fallen in love with every place he has served.  Mitchell views his ministry as equipping individuals and communities to love God, humanity, and creation with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.
 
Rev. Barbara Lemmel also brings a variety of ministry experiences.  After eleven years serving congregations in Vermont and the Adirondacks, she became the Director of Connectional Ministries for the former Troy Conference.  For the past 15 years, she has worked as a parish consultant, leadership coach and spiritual director, as well as the Director of Tending the Fire, a leadership formation process for clergy and laity.  She has also served as an interim pastor at UCC/UMC congregations in Vermont.  Her passion is helping individuals and congregations discover God’s dream for their futures and taking steps to live into God’s calling. 
 
Mitch and Barb met while in seminary at Boston University School of Theology.  They have maintained connections with the Boston area through close friends and their two children attending Northeastern and Harvard. Mitch and Barb wonder if there is perhaps a whimsical divine symmetry to returning to Cambridge after a third of a century away.
 
In all their ministry settings, Mitch and Barb seek to embody faithful living, social justice and inclusion.  They are committed to creating beloved communities that are transformational and joy-filled, and they look forward to joining Harvard-Epworth’s journey into God’s future.

Terry Halco

Music Director

Terry became the Music Director at Harvard-Epworth in 2010. He is the accompanist for the Chorus pro Musica in Boston and has been the accompanist for the chorus Musica Sacra since 1984. He is the accompanist for the choruses at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. He also works as a staff accompanist for the Boston Conservatory. He has been the accompanist for the Emerson College Chorale, the Polymnia Choral Society in Melrose, and the Simmons College Chorale, with whom he toured England and Puerto Rico. He has also performed with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and the vocal ensemble Capella Alamire.

Terry has over 25 years' experience in church positions in the Boston area. He has previously served as music director at Grace Episcopal Church in Everett, First Presbyterian Church in Brookline, Christ Lutheran Church in Belmont, and Payson Park UCC in Belmont.

Terry worked for ten years in the Harvard University Library system, first in the Law School Library and then in the Loeb Music Library.

He was born and raised in northern Ohio, and received his musical education at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio, at the New England Conservatory, and at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

Sarah Harbaugh

Director of University Student and Young Adult Ministry

Sarah Harbaugh is a 3rd year Master's of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology and is a candidate for ordained ministry as an elder in the United Methodist Church. Sarah received a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Worship Leadership from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, not far from her hometown of Huntsville. After interning at Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church for the 2020-2021 school year, she is excited to continue in ministry here as the incoming Director of University Student and Young Adult Ministries. 

Sheldon Calero

Director of Children and Youth Ministry

Sheldon comes from a Methodist family of the South Shore of Massachusetts, and is pursuing candidacy for the Order of Deacons in the UMC.  He is planning to begin theological studies at Boston University in the fall of 2022.  Having grown up in Lexington, Sheldon has always considered Harvard Square a part of his home.  He is a member of Calvary Church in Arlington, where he is a long time volunteer with the youth there.  He has travelled widely for his education, and for his work with young people.  Sheldon enjoys soccer, yoga, and being creative through cooking and drawing.

Flynn Fernandes

Church Administrator

Flynn Fernandes is the Office Administrator at Harvard-Epworth UMC. He also serves as the Director of Faith Formation for Holy Trinity Parish, Quincy, in the Archdiocese of Boston. Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Flynn came to the United States to pursue higher education. For many years, he worked as a project and program manager for different firms in the healthcare technology and services sector. During the evenings, he volunteered as a middle and high school catechist for his parish church.  Flynn earned a Master of Theological Studies from Boston University School of Theology, as well as the licentiate and doctorate in sacred theology from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  He has taught courses in theology at Emmanuel College.

Steve Dry

Director of Catalyst

By day, Steve is a management consultant for a technology and innovation firm. By night, he is the founder of Catalyst, a spiritual innovation hub in Cambridge, MA. In this role, he journeys with young adults to find purpose and cultivate intention in their lives.

Steve is an active lay person in the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, where he serves on the Connectional Table and as a District Lay Leader. Steve holds an M.Div. from Harvard University and a B.S./B.A. from Emory University.

Rev. Natalie Hill

MIT Chaplain and Deacon

Rev. Natalie Hill is a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. Deacons are uniquely tasked with serving as a bridge between church and world, and between worship and work. At MIT and Harvard-Epworth, Natalie embodies this calling through her leadership in university student leadership, spiritual growth and service opportunities. She joined the staff at Harvard-Epworth in 2017, and has been part of the congregation since 2010.

Natalie holds a B.A. and M.Div. from Boston University and an M.S.W. from Simmons College. She has worked as a clinical social worker for many years, and has specialized in eating disorders for most of her career. Her ministry is an extension of this work, with a specific focus on counteracting societal forces that objectify or vilify the body by drawing on the Incarnation, the promise of resurrection, and other aspects of the Christian tradition to help people experience a transformed and transforming relationship with their own bodies.

To fulfill this mission, Natalie also serves as founding director of Seaspring, an urban counseling, retreat, and community engagement center. Seaspring offers individual and group counseling alongside programs to foster spiritual growth and missional service.