Our staff is committed to serving God, our church, and our neighbors.
God is still speaking, and we listen!


The Rev. Dr. John A. Nelson

Pastor and Teacher

Pastor John served the church beginning April 1, 2019, as Designated-Term Pastor and Teacher. On September 21, 2021, the congregation called him to be its 17th settled Pastor.

Nelson graduated Middlebury College, Union Theological Seminary (NYC), and Chicago Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Gloversville, NY, Dover, MA, Niantic, CT, and Lenox, MA.

With a varied background in theatrical design and direction, woodworking, HIV/AIDS chaplaincy, and human rights advocacy in Central America, Pastor John describes himself as "a progressive Christian, saturated in Scripture and passionately committed to ministries of justice and joy."

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David Baranowski

Music Director

David Baranowski is a highly versatile conductor and musician, performing with equal aplomb on piano, keyboard, organ, and harpsichord.

In addition to directing the music ministry at Salisbury UCC, David leads the Hudson Chorale and the Westchester Choral Society. As a music professor at Western CT State University, he taught music theory, ear training, and piano. He has toured internationally with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore, as both keyboardist and singer, and has collaborated with Irish pop singer and composer, Julie Feeney.

David studied piano with Paul Ostrovsky and Steven Lubin, organ with Robert Fertitta, and voice with Stefano Algieri.

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Jenn Oberto

Church Administrator

As Church Administrator, Jenn Oberto manages our day-to-day operations. She is a first contact with the church for visitors and members, promotes our activities and ministries through social media and the press, supports our many volunteers, and oversees gifts and finances.

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Holly Tierney

Sunday School Coordinator
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Mary Davidson

Hand Bell Choir

Richard Tietjen


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