Evangelical. Congregational. International.
The following members of Park Street Church were elected at the Annual Meeting.
*indicates candidates for re-election
HERMAN SMITH (2019)
“I grew up in a church that provided rich Biblical teaching and fellowship. I made a public confession of faith when I was thirteen. God led my first wife, Denise, and me here in 2000. We were both active at PSC. We were richly blessed by the love of the church during our time of illness and loss. I am currently part of a small group and a Barnabas group. I met my lovely new wife, Ruth, here. I served as an Elder in 2004 and Moderator in 2006. I learned about the many ways in which the Lord works through his faithful saints. What the Lord is doing is precious indeed as the Lord uses them to deepen the life of the church.” The Moderator (three-year term) presides over the Board of Elders and congregational meetings.
TRACY NOGA* (2017)
“I grew up in a congregational church and in a Christian home in Connecticut. I have been attending PSC since I moved to the Boston area in 2001. I am an Associate Professor of Accountancy at Bentley University and currently reside in Somerville. Since becoming a member of PSC in 2003, I have been involved in various small groups and was the chairperson of the Bicentennial Celebration in 2009–2010. I currently serve in a Barnabas group and on the Finance and Administration Committee. I served as Assistant Treasurer for three years before serving as Treasurer for the past two years. I am looking forward to continuing to serve the body of Christ in that role.” The Treasurer serves as the Chief Financial Officer of the church.
BRIAN LACEY* (2017)
“I have worshipped at PSC for 29 years, 22 of them with my wife, Joan, whom I met here and for which I am forever grateful to PSC. We have two children, Amanda and Brent, ages 18 and 16. For many years, I was PSC’s Treasurer and a member of the church’s Finance and Administration Committee. As Missions is the heart and soul of our church—constituting its very DNA—I am honored to stand for the post of Missions Treasurer where I trust that I can bring my professional legal fiduciary background to the service of Christ. I taught FOCUS ESL classes here in the early 1990s so it will be wonderful to be part of Missions once again.” In addition to supporting Missions, the Treasurer of Missions (one-year term) is the Vice Treasurer of the church and as such serves as the first backup when the Treasurer is absent or incapacitated.
PHILIP CHEN* (2017)
“I was raised in a Christian family, and came to Park Street 22 years ago. I have been richly blessed by Park Street Church. Through PSC, I met my wife on a short-term missions trip to Africa in 2003, and for the last 5-1/2 years we have been raising our family among this wonderful community of believers. I have served on the Facilities & Administration Committee and the Facilities Subcommittee since 2007 and in the nursery since 2011. I am a principal in an architecture firm in downtown Boston with national and international projects. I believe that we are called to be faithful stewards of all the Lord’s gracious gifts, and I look forward to continuing to serve him and PSC as Assistant Treasurer.” The Assistant Treasurer (one-year term) serves as a second backup to the Treasurer and assists both Treasurers with their responsibilities.
ROBERT RAWNSLEY* (2017)
“Both my wife Ellen and I are lifelong residents of the Boston area. I began attending PSC as a young college student in 1974 and accepted Christ approximately six months later. Ellen and I have three adult children: David, Kevin and Jonathan. Over the years I have been part of various PSC activities such as bible studies, ushering, and outreach events. As a former Civil Engineer charged with overseeing the design and construction of various projects, I appreciate the importance of administration and believe the position of Clerk allows me to use what administrative abilities I might have developed over the years to serve the Lord at PSC. I have enjoyed serving as Clerk the past two years and would consider it a privilege to be allowed to continue to perform the duties of Clerk. The Clerk (one-year term) gives notice of and provides written record of the church’s Annual and special meetings. He/she also processes any membership-related correspondence.
CHRIS LAKE (2019)
“‘How can I be used by God?’ It’s a question I’ve pondered since coming to Christ through the Navigators ministry at Northwestern. After graduation, I was commissioned in the Navy, flying S-3’s from aircraft carriers before being posted to London. However, it wasn’t until moving to Boston for graduate school with my wife Laura that I developed a fuller understanding of God’s calling in the ordinary places of life—in my education consulting business, in my family, in my neighborhood—wherever. Through the PSC WorkLife ministry I co-lead, I’ve sought to help believers envision how Jesus might use them in their ordinary places too. We’ve done this by offering periodic Christian Formation classes, commissioning WorkLife Missional Professionals, and serving other PSC ministries including FOCUS, Membership, Missions, Small Groups, Café, and the Board of Elders. My prayer is that God would give His people a deeper sense of the everyday mission He has entrusted to each of us—for the sake of His glory, and the world He came to save.”
“I was born in Argentina where I became a believer as a child. My husband Roberto and I met in Buenos Aires while we were both in graduate school. I was very active at our local church. In 1983 we were married and two years later our daughter Laura, was born. In 1986 our lives took a big turn. We came to the US to pursue post-graduate work for only one year but the Lord had plans for us to stay and live here. After living in Washington DC (where our second child, Esteban was born) for twelve years, we moved to Boston in 1998 where I work as a physician. While in DC, I began my involvement in international student ministry which intensified in Boston as we opened our home to monthly gatherings. I’m grateful to the Lord for the privilege of serving in such a challenging and strategic ministry.”
DAVID W. RIX (2019)
“I grew up in Australia, completed my undergraduate degree in Economics in Australia and graduate degree in Economics at Boston University. My wife Lia and I joined Park Street Church in the early 1980s, which also was the time that I started my own company. Since joining, we have been blessed with four children. The great expository preaching from the pulpit as well as the youth program of our Church helped grow our faith and gave us the practical means to help raise our family. A great blessing in my life has also been my involvement with the Mission Program of our Church. It has been a privilege to serve in this great ministry which reaches out to Boston and the ends of the earth. I have also served on various pastoral search committees. God has been gracious to me. This wonderful community of believers has been a great source of strength and accountability over the years.”
JOEL STANTON* (2019)
“To God be the glory! Jesus said all the law and prophets hang on just two commands—loving the Lord God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and loving your neighbor as yourself. So simple, and yet so very hard! Let us all aspire to this together. It’s been a privilege to serve as one of your elders these past three years. During this time I’ve also been blessed to serve on the Missions Committee, and I’m looking forward to being part of the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry as well. My wife, Hilary, and I live in Medford with our kids Simon (11), Clover (9), and Gideon (5). I work at Lightspeed Research as a data analyst in the field of electronic payments. Additionally, it’s my privilege to serve with the Lwala Community Alliance, striving toward wholeness of life in a rural part of western Kenya.”
Nominating Committee Candidates
“I grew up in Kenya and moved to Boston in 2007 and have attended Park Street Church ever since. I grew up in a Christian environment at home and school and accepted Christ at a fairly young age, and have had opportunity to come into my own faith as I grew older and moved away from home. Thankfully Park Street Church has been a wonderful part of that journey. At Park Street, I have been involved in the Park Street International Fellowship in small group leadership as well as food ministry coordination (and cooking!). I’ve also had the opportunity to facilitate a small group as part of the Lenten Discipleship Institute. I look forward to being able to serve the community in new ways and seeing more of how God leads us in his wisdom and grace.”
“The Lord led me to Park Street Church in 2001. I was blessed to go on a short term mission trip to Ukraine in 2004. In 2004–2008 I attended, and was married in, a conservative Lutheran church (ELS synod). My husband and I returned to Park Street Church in 2008 for the academic sermons and the freedom to ask questions about our faith, and have been here ever since. I am active in the media ministry, providing sound, video and slides during the service. We also volunteer for Let It Begin Here, Park Street’s concert and outreach event on New Year’s Eve. I am a bench biologist working at MIT LL. We currently live in Chelmsford, MA and are blessed to be part of Park Street’s most northerly small group. To God be the glory.”
“I accepted Jesus as Lord when I was five and also that year witnessed my atheist father become a believer. My parents later entered the ministry, so faith in God was the center of our family life. My husband, Ling Yi, and I have made PSC our church home since 1996 and have been privileged to participate in the growth of family ministries. Being a mother to my five children has been the greatest joy and challenge of my life. Our awesome God created families to be a living, daily reminder of his relationship with the Church. I value the inspiration, encouragement and community I have received through serving in church ministries – parenting classes, family camp, Family Ministries Committee, PSC Homeschoolers, Women’s Bible study, small group leadership, and Barnabas groups. I look forward to helping organize a family missions trip this year, merging two areas close to my heart.”
“I started following Jesus as a young teenager and continue to be amazed by His continued faithfulness in my life. I came to Boston in 2007 to attend graduate school and began worshipping at Park Street Church soon after. I currently work as a pediatric occupational therapist on the South Shore of Boston. I share a home with other Christian women in Dorchester near JFK/UMass. Throughout the last 8 years, I have had the privilege of serving Park Street in a variety of ministries, including Café Leadership Team, Café summer retreat planning, small group leadership, and Enable Boston ministry. I now co-lead a Café women’s small group and am serving with the Park Street Refugee Ministry. Boston is now my home, and I owe this mostly to PSC. I look forward to continuing to serve in the years to come.”
“I first attended Park Street Church in the 1970s as a college student at Northeastern University and have continued to the present time. I accepted Christ during my time as part of the Park Street Church college ministry (Seekers). I met my husband, Bob, a few years later at PSC and we raised our three (now adult) children here. Currently I work as a pharmacist for Hallmark Health. Over the years I have been involved in numerous PSC ministries including children’s Sunday school, leading and participating in women’s small groups and organizing and leading several women’s events. I have also been a past member of the Nominating Committee and would be happy to serve again should the congregation agree.”