RosanneRobertsRosanne Roberts, Our Pastor

Rosanne has lived in New England all of her life and comes to First United Methodist Church of Hudson after serving five years as an Assistant Pastor at Wesley United Methodist Church in Concord, NH.

Rosanne has worked within that community developing outreach and missional work with her congregation and has participated within the community as a board member on a number of initiatives dealing with homelessness and working with the marginalized and those in need.

Rosanne has a degree in early childhood education as well as a degree in theology.

Rosanne and her husband Cliff are happy to be returning to the Metro West/Hudson area, to renew friendships and make new friends within the Hudson community.  Rosanne and Cliff have four grown children, and three grandchildren.

 

 

bonniebiopic Bonnie Linnea Elman, Church Administrative Assistant

 A member of First United Methodist Church, Bonnie has been the church secretary for over twelve years having come from the corporate environment of  Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer.   She is a member of the Adult choir, plays in the Handbell Choir, and serves on the Church Council. 

 Many around FUMC know Bonnie for her "Bear-With-Me Ministry"; a service that shares God's love in the form of a huggable teddy bear.  People can ask for a bear to be given to an adult who may not have someone to provide the comfort that only a bear-hug can give.  There is no charge and the bears are often given to the people anonymously, bringing joy to those who have received one. Bonnie is also the owner of “Paws, Claws, Feathers ‘n Fins” pet sitting service and has helped provide pet care for church member’s pets while their humans are away.

  

 

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Lisa Schliker, Music Director

Lisa became the Music Director at FUMC in the fall of 1996. Her duties as Music Director include directing the Adult Choir, directing the Handbell Choir, and assisting the Pastor with the planning of music for the weekly services.  She is also the monthly newsletter editor for FUMC.  She graduated with honors from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a degree in Music Education in 1994. She is a member of the BOD for the River’s Edge Arts Alliance and she is also the Music Director for the River’s Edge Youth Chorus.

Lisa is a lifelong resident of Hudson and currently lives in town with her husband Chuck.  Lisa is employed full time at Bose Corporation in Stow, MA where she works as a Business Systems and Process Lead in the Global Marketing Communications department.  She holds a Certificate in Database Design and Administration from Northeastern University and she is a certified Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma.  In her spare time, Lisa enjoys golfing with her husband and teaching Indoor Cycling classes at Boost Fitness in Hudson and Northborough.

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jeanjames.pngJean James, Accompanist

Jean started taking piano lessons in Cincinnati at the age of 5.  She continued after she moved to Michigan until graduating from Michigan State, where she studied music.  She started giving piano lessons after she and her husband moved to Acton— as soon as she could purchase a piano.  She took some organ lessons in the 1980's and started subbing at St. Matthew's United Methodist Church right away.  When her part-time job as a research assistant turned into a full-time one, she took a hiatus from the keyboard and turned to barbershop singing for 15 years.  She feels quite fortunate that Hudson First United Methodist Church has given her a chance to return to and improve her keyboard skills.

Jean and her husband, Dave live in Lancaster (only 8 miles away), but lived in Acton for 37 years prior where they went to St. Matthew's and Jean sang in the choir.  They met at Michigan State, where she studied piano and voice as a minor and majored in math education.  They have a son who teaches in Acton and a younger son who is a computer engineer and bicycle enthusiast.  They have 3 grandchildren who live nearby.

 


deanbenedict.jpgIn Memoriam

Rev. Dr. Dean E. Benedict, Pastor Emeritus

Rev. Dean Benedict, served as Sr. Pastor of the Hudson United Methodist Church from 1974 - 1982.  For part of this time he also served as Supervising Pastor of the Marlboro United Methodist Church and the Gleasondale United Methodist church in Stow as the Assabet Valley United Methodist Parish.

While in Hudson he served as an elected member of the Hudson School Committee.  He served as Chairperson during a time as a member, having been elected to three terms.  He also was member of the Hudson Rotary Club, serving as President in 1980 - 1981.

Dr. Benedict was an active Mason and Shriner.   He served as the head of the Shrine in 1999.  While active he traveled to the Caribbean and in Panama.  He served three terms and was an Emeritus Member of the Shrine Hospital Board of Governors.  A widely sought after speaker he was the featured speaker at numerous events un the United States and in several foreign countries.

Dr. Benedict came to Hudson from Winchester and later served churches in Brockton, Worcester, and Woburn.  His late wife Jean was a Hudson native.

A devoted husband and family man, Dean cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren. He traveled to many states and countries and embraced the adventure of each new experience. He wintered in Clearwater, FL and summered in New England and was often found on the golf course or volunteering for local charities and organizations.

Along with his wife Vivian, he is survived by his children Rebecca L. Appel and her husband Charles of Hudson and David C. Benedict and his wife Catherine of Norwell. Stepfather of Wray Fanton and his wife Tara of Pittsburgh, PA and Troy Fanton and his wife Cindy of Acton. Dean is also survived by his grandchildren Brianna and Colleen Benedict, Abigail and Maggie Appel and Lillian Fanton. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Charles Learned and his wife Joy of LaGrange, TX and their children Lori Jo Burton, Julie Clark and Jill Harris.

Last year he was named Emeritus Pastor of the Hudson church.  He passed away on May 29, 2017 and is sorely missed.