The Reverend 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.”

The Reverend Mark E. Bruce, Associate Minister


Pastor Mark is a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, ME, and in 2010 was called to serve as the Associate Pastor of First Congregational Church of Yarmouth MA.  Prior to FCC Yarmouth, he served as Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church, Nantucket, MA; Carmel Congregational Church, Carmel, ME; and East Orrington Congregational Church, Orrington, ME.
Currently, Pastor Mark resides with Pamela, his wife of 39 years in E. Sandwich, MA with their Golden Retriever, Riley. They have two married daughters, Meaghan Jo of Long Island, NY and Briana Jo of E. Sandwich, MA.

Pastor Mark enjoys fishing the waters of Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. 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 reading:

Dearest Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Amen.



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 finish 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, Administrator


Dianne joined us in 2017 as our Administrator. Formerly of Wilbraham, MA, Dianne served as Church 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, Cece and Cal. Dianne, her sweetheart Bill, and their aptly named cat Sassy are living the Cape Cod dream in Yarmouth Port.

Matthew 17:20: Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”



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