MEET OUR PASTOR AND MUSICAL STAFF

DENNIS AKERMAN
MINISTER OF MUSIC

Dennis has been a member of the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC since 1966, and music director since 1967 (excluding several years in the 1970's when he sang bass in the choir). He is a native of Lakeport, a graduate of Tilton-Northfield High School, and Bates College. Music has been a life-long avocation, with a special interest in choral music and opera. He was commissioned a Minister of Music in the United Church of Christ on February 8, 1998. Dennis leads the Senior Choir.

MARY RUTH SCOTT
JUNIOR CHOIR DIRECTOR & BACKUP ORGANIST

Doug started piano lessons at the age of six, taking up the organ at twelve. His teacher was the church organist, from 1929 to the mid 1980's, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in his hometown, Montebello, California. He also took lessons at the University of California at Riverside, from which he received his Bachelor of

DOUGLAS EMBREE
ORGANIST

Mary Ruth has sung in church choirs all of her life. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s of Music in Education degree. Mary Ruth’s music background has included serving as the Organist and the Choir Director with the Squantum Congregation Church in Massachusetts. She has also taught Choral and Classroom music in both Elementary and Junior High schools over the years.

Mary Ruth is happily married with two children, and four grandchildren (two of whom also happen to sing in our Junior Choir!) Mary Ruth and her daughter sing in the local Pemigewasset Choral Society.

 

Pastor, Rev. Ruth A. Martz began her pastorate at the Sanbornton Congregational Church, UCC, on December 1, 2011, after serving churches in Granby, Glastonbury, and Hartford, Connecticut. She was educated at Yale College, University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and Andover-Newton Theological School (Newton, MA); her ordination took place in March, 2002. Ruth is known for her creativity in worship, storytelling, fine pastoral care, and joy in helping others deepen their faith. She feels a strong commitment to building a welcoming community, in which Scripture, Christian traditions, and daily living are continually woven together. 

If you have questions about our church or have a need for pastoral care, please contact Ruth at the church phone number: 603-286-3018.

REV. RUTH MARTZ
PASTOR

Arts Degree in music in 1968 and his secondary teaching credential in 1969.

He served as organist and choir director for the four part choir at St. Benedict from early 1970 to mid 1971. He served as organist at the Boscawen Congregational Church from 1973 to 1978, when he started at Sanbornton. Doug realized that he had some mighty big shoes to fill in that one of his predecessors was Catherine Currier who served as organist in Sanbornton for fifty-four years, until the early 1970's. In all there have been only five organists in Sanbornton in the last one hundred and twenty-five years.

He is the proud father of five, the grandfather of six, and the great-grandfather of five. He and his wife Mary love to spend time at the lake and the ocean and have a condo and boat on Lake Winnipesaukee. They also enjoy traveling all over the country.