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MARK NILSON, Senior Pastor

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Mark Nilson came to Salem in September of 2015 from Chicago, IL where he served as Senior Pastor of North Park Covenant Church. Mark is in his twenty-sixth year of ministry having pastored four congregations (South Plainfield NJ, Batavia IL, Seattle WA, Chicago IL). He is married to Robin, an Interior Designer and together they have two sons: Aaron of Denver, CO, and Chase of Chicago.

Mark’s focus throughout his ministry has been preaching, pastoral care, and social justice. This is his third occasion living in MA. Having grown up in Shrewsbury, returning after being married, and today called as Senior Pastor. Mark’s hobbies are gardening, working out and fly-fishing. His favorite job was as a commercial salmon fisher in Naknek, AK.

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Al joined the Salem Covenant Team in November of 2016. Al and his family attend the Greendale People's Church in Worcester where he serves as a deacon. This is a part-time job in addition to a very demanding job as manager of .  We are thrilled to have Al with us and look forward to many years of fruitful service together.

BRADFORD HENDRICKSON, Organist and Choir Director

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In addition to being a lifelong member, Brad is in his 37th year as head of the music ministry at Salem. He received his early training at All Saint's Church, first as a choir boy and then as assistant organist to Henry Hokans. His organ study was with Mr. Hokans. Before coming to Salem, he was organist at the First Congregational Church and Bethel Lutheran Church, both in Auburn, MA.

Brad is a member of the American Guild of Organists, and is well known in the greater Worcester area. Brad especially enjoys his time with the senior choir.

Brad enjoys golf and spending time at his home on Cape Cod with his family and friends.

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MAGGIE SELIGMAN, Office Administrator

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Maggie joined the staff at Salem Covenant Church in October of 2015. She and her husband Alan have one daughter, Ami, a student at Fitchburg State University. Alan and Maggie are members of Greendale People’s Church.

Maggie loves photography, the beach, walking, challenges and laughing. She brings an enthusiasm to her work that we find infectious.

Maggie shares her gifts with two other employers, a law firm and tech company. Maggie’s favorite employment: 18 wheel, short-haul truck driver.

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DAVE NOLAN, Facilities Coordinator

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A retired educator, Dave Nolan worked for Worcester Public Schools for thirty-six years concluding his primary vocational life as an administrator at Burncoat High School.

Dave is married to Debra, who is a retired physical therapist, and both have been members at Salem Covenant Church since 1981. Together they have two children: Greg, who resides in San Diego, CA, and Elizabeth Nolan-Stack of Lowell, MA. Elizabeth and her husband have two daughters.

Not one to stay idle, Dave bicycles, enjoys landscaping, reading, photography, travel and community volunteering. His favorite job: summer Sports Camp Director.

LYNNE ORSTED, Church chair

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Lynne is in her second term as chair of Salem Covenant Church. Multi-skilled, Lynne has worked as a legal assistant in Worcester for many years. Gifted for leadership, Lynne provided a key stabilizing presence during the provisional months between pastorates.

Lynne has been the frontrunner in many key developments, holding to Salem’s treasured values while urging growth and expansion through new initiatives.

Lynne has two grown daughters, Lisa of Northampton, MA and Amanda of Wayne, PA.

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