Staff at Harvard-Epworth

Rev. Herb Taylor

Pastor

Rev. Herb Taylor became Senior Pastor at Harvard-Epworth UMC in August, 2014. Before coming to the church, he served as President and CEO of Deaconess Abundant Life Communities, a not-for-profit aging services provider. Founded in 1889, the Deaconess has over 400 employees and serves over a thousand older adults through skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living apartments in multiple locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Prior to the Deaconess, Rev. Taylor served churches in Wilmington, MA and Newbury, MA. Before entering the ministry, Rev. Taylor was a management consultant for Arthur D. Little, Inc.

Rev. Taylor earned a B.S. from Bates College, an M.B.A. from Harvard University, and an M.Div. from Boston University. He has served on a variety of not-for-profit Boards and most recently co-chaired the strategic planning task force for the New England United Methodist Conference.

He has been actively involved in mission work; he has led or participated in mission trips to Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Kentucky, New York City, and rural Maine.

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.

Dominic Mejia

Director of University Student and Young Adult Ministry

Dominic was raised in Bryan, OH, and the United Methodist tradition. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in Pre-Theology and minors in Philosophy and Sociology. During his time at OWU, he served two different churches, oversaw undergraduate intern programs for the West Ohio Conference of the UMC, and worked closely with the Interfaith movement. A certified candidate for ordained ministry in the UMC, Dom is a first-year student at the Boston University School of Theology. His fiancé, Ashley, is a first-year graduate student at the BU School of Social Work. He hopes to bring a gentle spirit, a theological background, experience in program structuring, and a love for all God's children to HEUMC's Children's Ministry.

Alyssa Burleson

Director of Children and Youth Ministry

Originally from Arkansas, Alyssa is a candidate for ordained ministry as a deacon within the United Methodist Church. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre from Arkansas State University and is now a graduate student at Boston University School of Theology. Prior to moving to Boston, she served as the Director of Christian Education at two local churches and within a faith based non-profit organization.

Ryan Harrison

Church Administrator

Ryan began as Church Administrator in August 2019. Ryan is also the Director of Christian Education at Calvary UMC in Arlington, MA. He is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology, on the ordination track to become a deacon in the UMC, and comes from a family of UMC clergy. We are excited to have Ryan join our ministry team. We hope you will introduce yourself to him in the future.

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.

Sarah Harbaugh

Ministerial Intern

Sarah Harbaugh is a 2nd year Master's of Divinity student at Boston University School of Theology. She is studying pastoral ministry and is involved in the Wesleyan Students Association. 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. While interning at Harvard-Epworth, she is excited to join the congregation by helping to lead worship services, leading and participating in bible studies, and participating in the young adult and student ministries.