Rector: The Reverend Rachael Pettengill-Rasure
The Reverend Rachael Pettengill-Rasure is our Rector at Church of Our Saviour. She joined the congregation in July 2014. She was ordained to the Transitional Deaconate in June 2014 and to the Priesthood in January 2015. She is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School. She previously served as a Life Together Intern at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford, and as the Protestant Chaplain at Tufts University. Rachael lives in Milton with her husband, the Reverend Matthew Rasure, who is the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Medford. Rachael and Matthew welcomed their first child, Jack, in September 2015. In her spare time, Rachael loves to cook and to host dinner parties with her husband and son, and to spend time working in her garden. Rachael is passionate about creating a space in the church for people to deepen their spiritual lives together and about empowering the community to share the love of Christ in the world. Rachael can be reached at email@example.com.
Parish Administrator: Mr. Kevin Elsden
Before coming to Church of Our Saviour, I had an extensive career in the field of education: public and private sectors in secondary and post-secondary settings. My undergraduate and graduate training provided me with the tools to make that time truly rewarding and although I did not know it at the time, would provide me with resources to be used time and again in my service at COS. When I began my position of Parish Administrator in 2007, the scope of my role was defined in a one page document which was produced in large type. Have things changed! Recently, when asked, “What do you do?”, my response was “Everything”. This is what defines the challenge, satisfaction, pleasure and at times frustration that I experience in my work for COS. Ninety-nine percent of “Everything” is joyful and meaningful because daily I have the opportunity to interact with a fantastic group of people–the church family at Church of Our Saviour. Yes, it is labeled as the congregation, but it is far more than that. It is a group that is dedicated, interested, concerned, involved and eager to participate in the mission and ministries of what has been referred to as “This special place”. It is a family that is genuinely concerned about each other’s well-being as well as the community at large. This is the Treasure of COS–come see, come experience what I mean.
Interim Musician: Mr. Herculano Fecteau
Herculano “Herc” Fecteau is a lifelong musician, and has been playing the piano since the age of five. He began his work in music ministry as a Roman Catholic seminarian with the Salesians of Don Bosco through four years of high school and with the Holy Cross Fathers for one year at Stonehill College, accompanying hymns, service music and choral selections, and arranging music for and directing congregational and choral singing. He was a music education major at the University of New Hampshire in the early 1970s before moving to Mission Hill in Boston, MA, in 1974 and obtaining a BA in History at Boston State College, with a minor in education. He was originally certified to teach history and social studies at the secondary school level and ultimately became certified as a K-12 public school music teacher. Herc retired in 2014 after almost 30 years of teaching in parochial (St. Angela’s School, Mattapan), alternative, and public schools, including seven years as a general music teacher and choral specialist at North Junior High School in Brockton and 11 years teaching music to pre-school and First Grade students at the Rev. Dr. Michael E. Haynes Early Education Center in Roxbury. He has also served in the music ministry in full-time and part-time positions for over 30 years, with experience in multiple liturgical settings, worship styles, and genres of sacred music.
Life Together Fellow: Rosamond Hayden
Rosamond grew up on the coast of Maine and moved to Massachusetts to attend Smith College, graduating in 2015. A Government major, she pursued an interest in political work through internships on various campaigns and in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Elizabeth Warren. Rosamond spent two years after graduation teaching 5th grade in the rural Mississippi Delta as a Teach for America corps member. These experiences and a call to faith-rooted social justice work lead her to join the intentional spiritual community at Life Together and Church of Our Saviour. Rosamond is deeply grateful to make Church of Our Saviour a spiritual home this year and to learn from and work alongside all in this community.
Church Sexton: Mr. Roger Serratore
Betsy McKenzie: Co-Warden
Laurie Ozelius: Co-Warden
Kate Zilla-Ba: Treasurer
Tricia Grant: Clerk
Jackson Humphreys: Youth Representative
Pastoral and Ecclesiastical Contacts to the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts:
- Diocesan Center 138 Tremont Street — Boston, MA 02111 617-482-4826
- The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates [Diocesan Bishop]
- The Rt. Rev. Gayle Elizabeth Harris [Bishop Suffragan]
Sharing our space with:
- Holy Family Catholic Community — Fr. Peter Miller