Reverend Tracy Johnson
The Rev. Tracy Johnson joined the Meeting House on July 1, 2020 as our minister. She served as a community minister with the nonprofit WE CAN – Women’s Empowerment through Cape Area Networking in Harwich Port, MA for the past five years and was the Affiliate Community Minister with the First Parish Brewster Unitarian Universalist congregation. Rev. Tracy holds a degree in Human Services, a BA in Women’s Studies, an MA with a focus in Spirituality from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and received her Master of Divinity in 2014 from Andover Newton Theological School. She is a minister in Full Fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association. Rev. Tracy is active in the Nauset Interfaith Association on the Lower & Outer Cape and chairs their Refugee Support Team. She is a Certified Master Reiki Practitioner. Rev. Tracy is retired from service with the State of Connecticut and lives in Brewster with her husband, Chuck, and their rescue pup Emma, where she enjoys walking near the ocean, reading, gardening, fiber arts and cycling.
Frank Toppa, Music Director
Frank Toppa is a full-time musician. In addition to his dedicated work as the organist and as director of the adult and now children’s choirs at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Chatham, he teaches music during the week at Belmont Day School outside of Boston, enriching the lives of scores of elementary and middle schoolers.
Frank’s long and varied career has included teaching posts in the Brookline Public Schools, and Nauset Regional and Middle and High Schools, among others; he has served as Choir Director, Organist, and Handbell Director at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, the Federated Church of Orleans, and many others prior to joining the Meeting House in 2009.
Frank plays string bass with the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and tuba with the Chatham Town Band. He also plays piano, organ, and is a wonderful singer.
Frank holds Master’s degrees in Musicology and in Music Education in Organ Performance from Boston University and UMass/Amherst, respectively, and a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in Choral Performance from Hartt College.
Karen Murdoch, Communications Coordinator
Karen grew up in Acton Mass, spending summers in Ogunquit Maine with her family. In the summer of 2000 she came to Chatham for the summer to visit her older sister, Sue, and that is when she met her husband, Dave. She has been here ever since! Dave is a commercial fisherman here in Chatham. If you find yourself at the Chatham Fish Pier, look for his boat! The name of the boat is Jack Tar. In 2006 Karen founded the Women of Fishing Families – a non-profit group that offers direct financial services to fishing families on Cape Cod. W.O.F.F. brings her great happiness and she is thankful to have to opportunity to support local fishing families on the Cape. Karen and Dave have a (spunky) 7-year-old daughter, Regan, who attends Chatham Elementary. Dave, Regan, and Karen enjoy sunny, summer beach-days and chilly, skiing snow-days together, any chance they get! She is excited to be here and looking forward to meeting many UU friends in the days ahead.
Charlotte Edgecombe, Financial Secretary