Reverend Sally Mason Calhoun
The Rev. Sally Mason Calhoun has been the Pastor of the Ashby Congregational Church UCC since 2004. Before coming to Ashby Pastor Sally served for seven years as the Associate Pastor at the Congregational Church of Littleton UCC, Littleton, MA and prior to that as Interim Pastor in United Church of Christ churches in Warren, Whitinsville and Westminster, Massachusetts. Sally is deeply interested in spiritual formation and has been leading retreats in a variety of settings since 1989. An experienced educator with a degree in Special Education from Fitchburg State College, Fitchburg, MA , Sally taught in area schools before entering the ministry. Sally received her M. Div. degree with honors from Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA in 1995. She resides in Littleton with her husband Dwight.
Mr. Ray Haapaoja
Mr. Haapaoja began serving as our church musician during the winter of 2004. He earned his BA and BD degrees from Gordon College and Gordon Divinity School, where he minored in music. He directed the junior and senior choral and instrumental programs at Narragansett Regional High School in Central MA for seventeen years. He performed with the Boston Conservatory Chorale as a tenor in the 1977 German-Austria tour with William A. Seymour. He has also served as Assistant Conductor of the Masterworks Chorale with Allen Lannom.
Mr. Haapaoja received his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from The Boston Conservatory and was a member of the choral department staff. He served as Director of Music at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Wayland, and directs the music programs at Indian and Forest Acres Camps during the summer in Fryeburg, Maine. Ray is active in the ìGospelites,î a country gospel group that was organized in his home church in Gardner. This group toured Finland in 1996 and performed in Florida for Finnfest 2004.
Our dedicated adult choir of 8-12 voices sings weekly in worship between September and June and rehearses on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:15am.