Rev. Phil R. Jackson, Senior Minister

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Pastor Phil was called to be the Senior Minister at First Church in February of 2003.  Prior to coming to Yarmouth Port, he has served churches in Malta, Montana; Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Hanson, Massachusetts.  Immediately prior to coming here he served as executive secretary of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches and lived in Milwaukee.  He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and has done extensive doctoral work at the Hartford Seminary.  He has been married to his wife Michelle for 39 years and they have two grown children.  Most recently Pastor Phil has served on the boards and committees of the Cape Cod Council of Churches, Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod, the Boston Seafarer’s Friend, and the Massachusetts Association of Congregational Christian Churches.  Pastor Phil makes the most of Cape Cod by fishing, kayaking, and swimming.

Favorite scripture: Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Rev. Mark E. Bruce, Associate Minister


Pastor Mark was called to serve the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth in October 2010.  His responsibilities include preaching periodically and assisting families and youth on their journey with Christ.  Formerly serving churches in Orrington and Carmel, Maine, Pastor Mark most recently served as the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church, Nantucket.  He is a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary’s Bangor Plan in Bangor, Maine.

Pastor Mark resides in Pocasset with his wife of 33 years, Pamela, and their golden retriever, Riley.  He enjoys fishing the waters of Buzzards Bay, and when fishing is not an option, he can be found at local yard sales looking for old toys and adding to his collection of toy marbles.

Favorite scripture:  Psalms 18:1-2 – “I love thee, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

June Davidson, Organist


June has been an organist at the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth since the late 1970s.  Growing up in Braintree, music was a very important part of her life.  She took piano lessons for nine years, sang in the school chorus, and sometimes accompanied the chorus.  In her mid-teens, June became a member of the senior choir at the First Congregational Church of Braintree.  It was at church she was introduced to the organ.  She took four years of lessons at First Church Braintree while attending Boston University.  In 1964 she took a break from the organ to marry and start a family on Cape Cod.  At First Church Yarmouth, she once again started organ lessons and to this day still takes lessons.

June is married to Dan Davidson, retired Minister of Visitation at First Church.  They have two daughters, three granddaughters, and one grandson.  She loves baking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

Melodi Southworth, Choir Director


A fifth generation Cape Codder, Melodi developed a love for singing as a young woman after just one rehearsal with a choir.  She attended the University of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Community College, earning a degree as a registered nurse.  

Passionate throughout the years about choral repertoire, Melodi has acted as a soloist/section leader in many local churches.  She has sung extensively in community choruses and was the director of the children’s choir at the Orleans Federated Church.  She is currently the music director of the 85-voice Mid Cape Chorus in addition to serving as choir director here at First Church.  Melodi has been with the church since 2002.

Melodi is the mother of three grown sons and the grandmother of four.  Her interests include animals of all kinds, literature, and gardening.  She lives in Brewster together with her two cats and two labs.

Her favorite biblical passage is Solomon 2:10-12“Arise and come away for behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth and the time for singing has come."



Joe Trulio, Custodian


Joe was born and brought up in Malden.  As a young man, he enlisted in the Army and spent three years in Alaska learning a trade in finished carpentry.  He has pursued that trade all his life.

After moving to Cape Cod 27 years ago, he met with a well-known Cape Cod contractor, "Red" Chase, and worked for him for eight years.  Joe and Red constructed the Morse Room, which Joe takes great pride in.  The Morse Room is a gorgeous and well-appointed parlor and library here at the church, created for special meetings.  He started working for the church 20 years ago.

Joe has been married for many years to his beautiful wife, Pat, who is always finding things for him to do.  “You know, for the old honey-do list,” he says.  Joe and Pat have four children and two beautiful grandchildren.



Dianne Lyons, Secretary


The trustees are pleased to announce that Dianne Lyons, formerly of Wilbraham, MA has been hired as our new Church Secretary.

Dianne served as Office Administrator for the First Church of Monson, Congregational/UCC, for over six years; worked as Public Relations Coordinator for Wilbraham United Church; and founded that church’s very successful Thrift Shop. Dianne has also worked as a freelance writer/photographer for the Springfield Republican and has authored two books.

Dianne has two grown children: Kristina, an aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles, and Scott, a Certified Financial Planner/Trainer in Lakewood Ranch, FL; a beautiful and talented daugher-in-law, Amelia; and two delightful grandchildren. Dianne, her sweetheart Bill, and their cat Sassy are currently living the Cape Cod dream in South Dennis.



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