The Rev. Bonnie Steinroeder
I have served as a parish minister for over fifteen years in both Maine and Massachusetts. FCC Holliston is a special place for me as I was ordained here in 1999. I am passionate about creating a church where generations come together to both worship and serve in Christ’s name and where the theology stems from the understanding that everyone is a beloved child of God.
The United Church of Christ holds that it is the privilege and responsibility of each generation to make this ancient faith our own. For me that means worship must be thought provoking, uplifting and relevant, for living as Christians in our modern world. As we gather as a worshipping community we receive the nurture, insight, and challenge that we need to truly be the heart and hands of God throughout creation.
I received my B.A. from Wagner College in English and earned a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity from Boston University. I am currently a student at the Rhys Thomas School of Energy Medicine where I am learning to how to incorporate healing practices from a number of traditions into church life. My husband Bill and I live in Holliston and are the parents of three grown children.
As a 26-year member of FCC Holliston, I am honored to serve now as our church moderator. This church and the wonderful people in it have been an important part of my life for many years. My primary focus as moderator is to facilitate meaningful discussion among Cabinet and church members; always striving to improve our ability to serve our community and our congregation.
Professionally, I am a consultant in the training and development field working with clients across a variety of industries and organizations. I love the challenge of translating complex business needs into training solutions that are engaging and innovative.
I hold a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Virginia and a BS in Special Education from the University of Southern Connecticut. I believe that lifetime learning is a gift and I hope to never stop learning.
My husband, Andy, and I live in Southborough. Outside of work I enjoy yoga, hiking, cycling, kayaking, dining out and spending time with family and friends.
I was born in Price Quebéc, Canada. Population:480. I immigrated to the United States in 1960, and became a citizen in 1969. I grew up in Salem, Massachusetts, along with my younger brother, Tony, which is where I found my passion for sailing and American History.
I am a Regional Sales Manager for Archer Daniels Midland in their flour division, hold a Merchant Mariner’s Captain’s License, and enjoy cooking and baking.
I have two grown children, ages 33 and 30. Recently married to a wonderful woman , Donna. I am an avid sailor and occasional golfer and mountain biker and motorcycle rider.
With God’s help, I’ll be graduating from Andover Newton Theological school with a Masters of Divinity.
As a member of FCC since 1999 I have been very active in the church community. Serving many roles in the Christian Education ministries while my girls were young, I have enjoyed watching my children grow up in this church and its community. I hold a BS in Accounting from Bryant University and live in Holliston with my husband Matt and our family.
As Business Manager, I oversee the church budget and financial spending. In addition, I maintain the church stewardship records and track our member's giving each year. I am so happy to be working with the staff of FCC. While away from my desk at FCC, I am a self employed bookkeeper to several small businesses in the area. Away from work, I am chief chauffeur for my children. When I have a few moments to my self, I enjoy walks outside and sitting by the lake.
I joined FCC in the fall of 2011. I have over 20 years of experience in administration and business management. I worked as an office manager for a boys summer camp in Maine for five years before starting my family. I have worked part time with the boys camp for the last few years and joined our family here at the First Congregation Church.
I grew up in Holliston until the age of 10 and then moved to Framingham. I moved back to Holliston in 1990 and am now raising my family here. I am the proud mother of Alexandra and Jake and our new black lab, named Bou. My husband, Bob, and I are active members of the Holliston community.
Judy do Curral
Handbell Choirs Director
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Music. Music throughout high school and my undergraduate studies was centered around playing the piano as soloist, accompanist, director of small ensembles, and private piano instruction.
Starting a program for handbells here at First Congregational Church presented a challenge that has been a very pleasant and rewarding one. The goal has been for ‘children of all ages’ to be in a handbell program at varying skill levels joyously ringing and having fun! In the 21 years of coordinating and directing handbells at this church, I have met the most wonderful musicians! The smiles of accomplishment on faces of ringers and chimers is a joy to see! The generous sharing of handbell experiences with other churches in our community, state and Area 1 of the American Guild of Handbell ringers has greatly enriched the development of our church handbell program.
Handbells and choirchimes provide a different visual and audio component and depth to the music ministry of our church. Our three varied handbell/choirchime ensembles provide a chance for many to “Ring to the Glory of God.” Please feel free to talk with me at a church service, email, or call me at 508-429-1382 to learn more about the growing handbell program and how you can be a part of this music ministry.
Richard A.A. Larraga
Minister of Music
As a church musician, my goal is to offer the best we have to God. This includes, but is not limited to, the level of performance, the choice of music, and the beauty of the liturgy. I firmly believe people underestimate their talents. I have spent my life seeing the potential, and nurturing the inherent talent in members of the congregation. As Minister of Music, my job is to give voice to the people of God. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote: Bey einer andächtig Musiq ist allezeit Gott mit seiner Gnaden Gegenwart (Where there is devotional music, God is always at hand with His gracious presence.)
I have a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from the New England Conservatory. In addition to being a retired immigration lawyer, I have taught at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA, as well as the University of the Philippines (Quezon City), the Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music (Manila), and St. Scholastica's College (Manila). I have also been the Music Director at the Pro-Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (Anglican/Episcopal) in Manila, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Richmond, VA, and Holy Trinity United Methodist Church in Danvers, MA.
Presently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Education degree at Northeastern University.
Director of Children and Youth Ministries