The Rev. Mark Pendleton Rector
The Reverend Mark B. Pendleton has served as the 17th Rector of Christ Church in Exeter since April 2013. Before coming to the Seacoast, he was Dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford, Connecticut from 2004-2012. He has served in churches in Connecticut, Maryland, and New Jersey.
A graduate of the General Theological Seminary in New York City in 1991, Mark served as a Volunteer for Mission in Cuba for a year in 1986. His passion for the Episcopal Church in Cuba continues as he leads annual mission trips and is a member of the Episcopal Church’s Task Force on Cuba.
He previously served 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. In the diocese, Mark is a member of the Commission on Ministry. Mark is married to Leslie Glover Pendleton. They are the parents of William and Lydia and live in nearby Greenland.
To reach Mark during office hours, call- 603-772-3332, Ext. 12, or in a pastoral emergency, he can be reached on his cell phone: 860-490-8544.
The Rev. David D. Holroyd- Priest Associate
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, David 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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Sally Farrell- Associate for Christian Formation and Parish Life
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. Prior to her job at Christ Church, she worked as the Preschool Director at St. Mark’s Preschool, an Episcopal preschool at St. Mark’s in New Canaan, Connecticut.
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.
(603) 772-3332, Ext. 13
Bruce Adami- Organist
Bruce 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.
Bruce currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Bear-Paw Regional Greenways, a land trust with over 8,000 acres of conserved lands in the eleven-town region between Bear Brook and Pawtuckaway State Parks.
Bruce is past Chair of the Board of the Young Organist Collaborative, an organization whose mission is to encourage middle and high school students to study the pipe organ and is on the faculty of the Collaborative.
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
Maggie holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She has previously conducted youth choirs and community ensembles including the Seacoast Choral Society, ChildrenSong of NJ, and has experience teaching elementary and secondary music. Maggie has sung professionally in churches and ensembles for the past decade, and enjoys singing professionally in choral and solo settings.
The Director of Music for Christ Church has served our staff liaison to Pine Street Players at Christ Church, our growing youth theatre program, and Maggie will continue in this role. She will also serve as Head of Music and Music Director for the Pine Street Players. When she’s not working here at Christ Church, Maggie will continue as a performer with theatre companies throughout New England.
(603) 772-3332, Ext. 15
Darla Watt- Administrative Assistant
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.
Lexi Meunier-Artistic Director/ Head of Acting- The Pine Street Players at Christ Church Youth Theatre
Lexi began her theatrical career in her hometown of Derry, New Hampshire, by participating in youth programs much like PSP, and continues to perform and direct throughout the New England theatre community.
A theatre educator from the age of 18, Lexi has served on the faculty of numerous youth companies over the past decade (most notably as a conservatory faculty member of The Performing Arts Connection’s pre-professional program, and the Director of Theatre Education for the North Shore YMCA Theatre Company), and feels blessed to bring the very best of those experiences to her role as the Artistic Director of PSP. She prides herself on holding her theatre artists to high standards, and pushing them beyond what is typically expected of young performers, without sacrificing approachability, inclusivity, and a positive vibe. Heavily involved in the highly-lauded theatre and music departments of Pinkerton Academy, Lexi went on to graduate from Portland Actors Conservatory in Portland, Oregon, as well as earning a B.A. in English (Theatre Arts) from the University of Massachusetts.
She currently resides in Derry with her husband Nicholas and their three children.
To learn more about our youth theatre program, use this link to go to the website.