Rev. Eric Stroshine – Guest Minister

The Reverend Eric Stroshine is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and lives in Centerville.  He served churches for 29 years in Massachusetts, North Carolina, Indiana and Illinois.  The last church he served was the First Congregational Church of Hanover, Massachusetts.  Five years ago, he started a counseling ministry and is now a psychotherapist in private practice with an office in Hyannis and Yarmouth Port.  He graduated with an undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and has graduate degrees from Yale Divinity School and Boston University School of Social Work.  His wife is a reading specialist at Quashnet Elementary School in Mashpee, and they have two adult children and two grandsons. 

Marcia Hempel – Music Director / Organist

Music Director Marcia Hempel is a highly skilled organist with extensive training in choral direction for both children and adults.

Marcia has studied organ at the New England Conservatory, piano and voice at the Rhode Island Conservatory and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College, to name just part of her broad and ongoing training. Her interests are eclectic ranging, as she puts it, “from Bach to Bernstein,” including the jazz organ! She also plays the guitar.

In addition to her church work, Marcia directs the Young Singers Program for ages 9-16, sponsored by the church. She conducts the Harwich Women’s Chorus, which she started in 2013, and accompanies the Victrola Chorus, which performs at nursing homes.  Prior to coming to First Church, Marcia was the founder, director and accompanist of the Nantucket Women’s Choir.




Frances Kienzle – Administrative Assistant 

Frances is new to our staff as of April 2024.  She grew up in the Panama Canal Zone but has now lived in Massachusetts for 38 years.  She worked as a legal secretary in Boston and commuted from Plymouth to Boston every day for 20 years.  Frances now lives and works on the Cape and is very much a contented soul.  Frances is interested in the Arts and Music.  She goes home to her two Australian shepherds and loves every minute of her time with them.




Paul Frederickson – Sexton

Paul has served as our contracted Sexton at First Church since 2006. He enjoys his work and the people here.

Being the son of a long-time member, he grew up in this church and is knowledgeable about its buildings, campus and history.

A talented musician, he contributes to our Coffee House gatherings. Paul also works at the Cape Cod Technical High School.

He is married to Susan.