Rev. Wallace (Chip) A. Hurd IV (Pastor) Born in Lynn, MA and raised in Stratford, CT, Chip graduated in 2004 from Marlboro College with a degree in Political-Religious Theory. He then attended Andover Newton Theological School and was ordained on June 4, 2017. Prior to coming to Wilbraham United, Chip served as the Acting Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church of West Boylston, MA. In addition, prior to his call to West Boylston he served at the Congregational Church of Harvard as Pastoral Associate from 2007-2010 and Christian Union Church as Interim Director of Pastoral Ministries from 2010-2011. He is a member of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (MACUCC) Racial Justice Task Force, is a Level I certified Racial Justice trainer, and was a MACUCC delegate to the UCC General Synod in 2015 and 2017. Chip spends his free time cooking, watching any and all manner of sports, and studying the impact of religion on American politics and society.
Paul Nesbit (Director of Christian Education/Family Ministries) has served as the Director of Christian Education since January 2015. He holds a BA in Psychology from Westfield State University and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union. Paul also works for the Springfield Public Schools and serves as Board President for the Wilbraham United Players. Paul is a Member in Discernment/Candidate for Ministry in the United Church of Christ. He welcomes all inquiries about our ever growing activities for people of all ages. Paul lives in Springfield with his husband, Mark Jacobson and their dog Bob.
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 dog, Bob.
Suzanne Taylor (Church Administrator) lives in Enfield, CT with her 10 year old daughter and 6 year old son. Suzanne has a real estate and marketing background, and owns Social Influence, a small social media and marketing business that handles the marketing and advertising needs of local small businesses. Suzanne joined the staff of Wilbraham United Church in May 2018, and has loved the outpouring of support and love she’s received from the parishioners! Feel free to stop in the church office to say “hello” anytime!
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.