About our Staff

Rev. Tom Howells  (Supply Pastor) The Reverend Tom Howells is a retired UCC clergyman who served the Federated Community Church in Hampden as Pastor for 28 years prior to his retirement in 2011. He and his wife Jean live in the Sixteen Acres of Springfield. He served our church as Pastoral Supply minister prior to Reverend Gibson coming as our Interim Minister.

Paul Nesbit (Director of Christian Education) has served as the Director of Christian Education since January 2015.  He holds a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union and is working on a CAGS in Education from Springfield College.  Paul also works for the Springfield Public Schools and serves as Board President for the Wilbraham United Players.  Paul welcomes all inquiries about our every growing activities for people of all ages.

Mark Jacobson (Director of Music) came to Wilbraham United Church in 1996. He was hired to oversee, develop and direct the church's music ministry with a respect of tradition but also with an acknowledgment of changing trends in worship and our culture.

Mark studied organ with George Hart of St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, with Prescott Barrows and Patricia Clough both of Trinity United Methodist Church in Springfield. Mark studied voice, keyboard and choral conducting at Westfield State College. He has served on the board of the American Guild of Organists. Previously he was Organist and Choir director from 1983 to 1989 at Liberty United Methodist Church in Springfield and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany of Wilbraham from 1989 to 1996. Mark resides in Springfield with his husband Paul Nesbit and their two dogs, Bob and Lilly.




Eric True (Custodian) can be found in the church building taking care of the facility. If there's a job to be done within the church, Eric's friendly face can be found looking after it.



"That they may all be one." 

John 17:21