of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church
Minister & Staff

Our Minister: The Reverend Pamela Barz

Pam was welcomed as minister of First Parish UU Church of Scituate in 2013. In addition to preaching and leading worship, she's offered meditation walks, classes for adults on the Unitarian Transcendentalist movement, the Bible, world religions, and spiritual practices.  As president of the Scituate clergy group, she writes a regular column for the Scituate Mariner and works with the Scituate Food Pantry and Scituate FACTS.  Before coming to Scituate, she has served churches in Saco-Biddeford, ME, and in Boston, Lancaster, Newton, Arlington, and Amesbury, MA, and as the Chaplain to the Unitarian Universalist community at Wellesley College. 
           A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College (in Mathematics), Pam received her Master in Divinity from Harvard Divinity School with a concentration in American Church History.   Pam and her husband, Charles (Chuck) Jones, a software engineer, live in Scituate with their twin sons, Miles and Oliver.

Minister Emeritus: The Reverend Richard Stower

At our 381st Annual Meeting in May 2015, our congregation voted to honor the Rev. Mr. Richard M. Stower with the title of Minister Emeritus. This is the first Minister Emeritus in our church’s long history and we are happy to recognize him for his long and respected service to our community and congregation.
            Rich Stower was born in New York City. He spent his formative years in New Rochelle, NY. After his first year of college at the University of Cincinnati he transferred to the George Washington University in Washington, DC. There he received his BA and MA in History. Along the way, Rich has been a teacher in New York City, a media planner for a large Manhattan advertising agency, a bookseller, a sales rep for a New Hampshire television station, a program analyst for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the US Food and Nutrition Service.
            Rich received a Ministry of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1990. He was ordained at the First Parish in Concord, MA and has served as a part-time minister in Andover, NH and as interim minister in Keene, NH before serving First Parish, Scituate from 1992-2011. He is the author of A History of the First Parish Church in Scituate, Massachusetts: Its Life and Times which won the 2013 Congregational History Award from the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society. Rich is married to Nancy Richards-Stower, an employment law attorney. In 2016, they retired to Yarmouth, ME. They have an adult son, Jonathan, who lives in Waltham, MA.

Director of Religious Education: Bill Ketchum

William Ketchum became Director of Religious Education in the Fall of 2018. Bill was raised in Hingham and graduated from American International College in 1974. Retired from a 40-year career in building materials sales, he received his Master in Divinity in 2017 from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Over the years, he has taught English to at-risk youth, coached youth hockey, and worked with youth learning to row through the Hull Lifesaving Museum; he is also an avid cyclist.  In his seminary internships he worked with other church school programs, and he come to us after a year as the interim director of the religious education program at the Second Congregational Church in Cohasset. Bill and his wife, Deb, live in Cohasset; they have a son and two young grandchildren.

Musical Director/Organist: Beth Dubuisson

Beth Dubuisson became music director of First Parish UU Church of Scituate in the Fall of 2006. She was born in Rochester, New York in 1958. She completed the music preparatory program at the Eastman School of Music, and received a bachelor's degree in music education from Indiana University with high distinction. She taught music briefly in the Gloucester MA public school system and was organist for the Christian Science Church in Gloucester. Beth taught piano privately at the Mary Johnson Piano Studio in Newburyport, and later became music director and organist at the People's United Methodist Church in Newburyport. She married David Dubuisson in 1986 and began her own piano studio in Wayland. Since 1989, she has been a judge for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She has been active in various local, state and national music teachers' associations. Beth currently teaches piano at her home in Kingston. She is the rehearsal accompanist for the Fine Arts Chorale in Weymouth. She has two adult daughters, Jillian and Sophie, and a step-daughter, Eva-Marie.

Church Office Administrator: Stephanie Stewart