Clergy and Staff

The Rev. Mark Pendleton

Rector
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The Reverend Mark B. Pendleton came to Exeter in April 2013 to be Christ Church’s 17th rector. Before Christ Church, he was dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut from 2004-2012; rector of the Church of Our Saviour, Silver Spring, Maryland from 1998-2004; rector of St. Luke’s, South Glastonbury, Connecticut from 1993-1998, and assistant to the rector of Christ Church in Short Hills, New Jersey from 1991-1993.

A graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1991, he served as a Volunteer for Mission in Cuba for a year in 1986. He was ordained deacon in 1991 in the Diocese of Florida and priest in 1992 in the Diocese of Newark

He currently serves as President of the Community of the Cross of Nails/North America, which supports global reconciliation ministries inspired by the legacy and work of Coventry Cathedral in England. Mark leads regular mission trips to Latin America.

Mark was an Honorary Canon of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Aberdeen, Scotland from 2005 to 2012.

Mark came to Christ Church in April 2013 as its 17th rector.

Mark is married to Leslie Glover Pendleton. They are parents of William and Lydia and live in nearby Greenland.

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To contact the rector in a pastoral emergency, Mark can be reached on his cell phone:  860-490-8544.

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The Rev. David D. Holroyd

Priest Associate
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The Rev. Dr. David D. Holroyd came to Exeter in October of 2009 to be Christ Church’s Priest Associate for Pastoral Care.  Before Christ Church he served three retirement ministries as Interim Rector in Portland, Maine, Greenfield, Mass., and Lincoln, Mass. Prior to retirement he served as Rector of St. George’s Church in York Harbor, ME from 1973 to 1999 and as Associate Rector of Christ Church, Gardiner, Maine from 1968 to 1973.

A  graduate of the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, in 1967, he also  earned his D. Min. degree in Pastoral Psychology at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Mass. in 1976.  He was ordained Deacon in 1967 in the Diocese of California and Priest in 1968 in the Diocese of Colorado.

During his long tenure in Maine, David served the diocese on the Standing Committee, as a Deputy to six General Conventions and as co-chair of the Nominating Committee to elect the eighth Bishop of Maine.  He was Canon Missioner from 1990 to 2002 and then was named Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke, Portland, Maine, in 2002.

David is married to Lucille Benoit Holroyd.  They are parents of Shelley and Jenny-Jo and grandparents of Tanner and Maia.  They live in South Berwick, Maine.

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The Rev. Charlie Nichols

Deacon
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Charlie Nichols was ordained a Vocational Deacon on September 13, 2017, by NH Bishop Robert Hirschfeld and assigned to Christ Church to begin his diaconal ministry. In his first half of life, Charlie worked for several community banks over thirty years, in areas of operations and technology.

In his second half of life, Charlie finished a long-deferred undergraduate degree, served five years as a patient and family volunteer for a community hospice, and took classes at Bangor Theological Seminary in Portland, ME.

In 2015, Charlie was the first postulant from New Hampshire to attend the newly birthed Province I School for Deacons, a two-year formation program serving the dioceses of New Hampshire, Western MA, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. When asked how long his process took, Charlie likes to say “About 50 years!” as ordained ministry has been a lifelong quest.

Charlie, and Christine, his wife, love to travel and joined Mark on two pilgrimages to Cuba. They are nourished by their companionship with the monastic community of the Society of St John the Evangelist and in 2016, journeyed to the Holy Land on a pilgrimage led by the SSJE Brothers.

Charlie can be reached on his cell phone at 603.531.0715.

Sally Farrell

Associate for Christian Formation and Parish Life
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Sally Farrell began her work on August 15, 2016 as Associate for Christian Formation and Parish Life. Sally has a Master of Arts degree in Christian Formation from the Virginia Theological Seminary and a BA from Sweet Briar College. She most recently worked as the Preschool Director at St. Mark’s Preschool, an Episcopal preschool at St. Mark’s in New Canaan, Connecticut. Sally comes from an Episcopal family – her mother, sister and brother are priests.

Sally’s work centers on formation for children, youth and adults. She also assists in administrative and communications and works with other staff and volunteers to help carry out our mission.

Sally and her husband Chris live in Exeter and have three sons, twins Jack and Henry and oldest Tommy. 

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Bruce Adami

Organist
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Bruce A. Adami came to Exeter in September 2007 as Interim Organist at Christ Church.  He was appointed “settled” organist in the spring of 2008, Interim Director of Music in the summer of 2011, and then Director of Music and Organist in the fall of 2013.  In October, 2015 he returned to his organist position. From 1984-2004 he was Director of Music and Organist at Brookside Congregational Church (UCC), Manchester, NH; and from 1981-1984 was Director of Music and Organist at Grace Episcopal Church, Lawrence, Massachusetts.

A graduate of Oberlin College Conservatory of Music in 1978, Bruce holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance.  He has given organ recitals throughout New England.

He has served as Treasurer and Dean of the New Hampshire Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.  He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, a land trust with over 5,000 acres of conserved lands in the eight towns between Bear Brook and Pawtuckaway State Parks.  He was recently elected Chairman of the Young Organist Collaborative, an organization whose mission is to encourage middle and high school students to study the pipe organ.

Bruce and his partner Bob Cote live in an off-the-grid solar-powered home in Deerfield that they constructed between 2002 and 2008.

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Maggie O’Neill

Director of Music
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Maggie holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. She has been a Music Director with Seacoast Choral Society, a Choral Conductor at the Seacoast Rep in Portsmouth and an Associate Conductor of ChildrenSong of New Jersey. Maggie is a singer (soprano) and has sung in churches and with leading orchestras.

The Director of Music for Christ Church will serve as the main liaison to Pine Street Players, our growing youth theatre program. Maggie will also be leading our junior choir, which continues to be open to PSP families who are looking for added music education and community. She is married to John Wilson, who serves in the U.S. Navy out of Portsmouth.

We are excited to bring Maggie on board to continue Christ Church’s fine music tradition and to continue to build upon the success of Pine Street Players. She will assume her position at the church beginning November 1st and begin her work with PSP in January, 2019.

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Darla Watt

Administrative Assistant
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Darla Watt of East Kingston joined the staff of Christ Church in April 2015 as our  half-time administrative assistant 5 days a week in the mornings.

Darla moved to New Hampshire in 2014 after living in Ohio for three decades. She has worked as an administrative assistant in the private sector, operated her own retail gift shop business, and for eleven years has the executive secretary for a president and CFO of a medical products company in Mason, Ohio.

Office Hours Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to Noon.

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Building Manager

Bob Prescott

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