Pastor Rebecca grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She then moved to the New York City metro area where she worked in sales and marketing for International Playtex. After meeting her husband, John, they moved to Cape Cod in 1984, where they owned and ran a restaurant in Hyannis called ‘Up the Creek’. Eventually, they started a food products company, Olde Cape Cod Foods, and distributed food products (salad dressings, soups, condiments, and crackers) to supermarkets and local stores. In 2000, Rebecca received her Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton, and served as the Assistant Pastor at South Yarmouth United Methodist Church for 5 years. For 10 years she was the Senior Pastor at the Northside United Methodist Church. Rebecca has two children and three grandchildren, and enjoys golfing, walking, kayaking, tennis and being outside. Her faith in God has been important to her since childhood, and always knew she wanted to serve God, and share the love of Christ with others. Pastor Rebecca deeply loves the Lord, and will tell you that she walks out the door every day, saying, “I love my job!”
Hannah Duclos, Director of Children & Youth Ministries
Hannah Duclos grew up in Tallahassee, Florida and recently graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability. After discovering her love of working with children and youth, Hannah minored in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences. For the first part of her life, Hannah attended a Southern Baptist church. However, her parents decided to start attending a United Methodist church while Hannah was in middle school. At this church, she joined the youth praise band, served on mission trips, attended youth group events, and went to Sunday School.
During the summers while in college, Hannah served as a camp counselor at a United Methodist Camp in Central Florida. She spent two very hot summers leading small groups, playing games, and worshiping with hundreds of students of all ages. Hannah’s summers at this camp encouraged her to follow God’s call to work with children and youth in a church setting. During the school year, Hannah was an active member of Gator Wesley, the United Methodist Campus Ministry at UF. There, she served as an intern, helping to coordinate and plan different events.
Hannah enjoys reading, sweet tea, the color purple, Disney and the smell of lavender. She hopes to one day visit Italy, learn how to embroider, and own a house with a big yard.
Linda Brouder, Director of Music Ministries
Linda Brouder was born and raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut. She comes from a large musical family, and music has always been central to her career. Linda graduated from Keene State College with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. She studied voice with Dr. Carroll Lehman, and piano with Chongyho Shin. Linda has appeared as a soloist in many churches throughout New England and in the Midwest as well as the Connecticut Opera Chorus and the Brattleboro Opera Theater. Moving to Kansas City, Linda focused her career in the piano and organ retail music business, taught group lessons, and managed music studios. In addition, she raised three daughters — Sarah, Haley, and Abby. Linda also sang for the Kansas City Singers, a 16-voice a cappella group that toured Germany in a series of friendship concerts with German choirs.
Relocating her family back to the Northeast, most recently, Linda served as the Music Director and Organist at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church. Linda recently sang for fun in the Falmouth Chorale. Linda’s approach to service music is deeply woven in the fabric of her Lutheran upbringing. She believes service music should thoughtfully reflect on the lessons of the day and enhance a deeper response to its understanding.
Mirela Chisbora graduated from Stony Brook University with a doctoral degree in music and piano performance. She also holds a Master’s of Music degree in piano performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s of Music degree in piano performance from Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. While growing up in Romania, she won prizes at several national competitions and performed with symphonies in the country. Her teaching experience includes a teaching assistantship at Stony Brook University, New York, and piano faculty positions with Concord Community Music School in New Hampshire and Riverhead Community School for Music and the Arts in New York. Mirela has been teaching piano at the Cape Conservatory since 2003, sharing her expertise and joy of music with students of all ages and backgrounds.
Ruth Moulton, Church Administrator
Ruth recently moved to Mashpee from Norton, MA. Prior to John Wesley, she was at the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island where she was the Diocesan Administrator. Prior to the Diocese, Ruth worked at the Cathedral of St. John. Ruth has a background in working for non-profits, was an Associate Professor for the New England College of Finance, after earning her MBA from Baker College. Ruth’s undergraduate degree is in Theology. Ruth has one daughter who lives “off Cape.”
John Loewen, Sexton
Since 2011, John Loewen has been the dedicated Sexton of John Wesley UMC. Prior to John Wesley, John was the Sexton at the North Falmouth Congregational Church. Before serving the church, John was a Verizon Repairman for over 27 years. John has been happily married for over 42 years and and has two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.
John loves going on long walks, gardening and landscaping, going to the beach and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Red Sox and Patriots!