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Rev. Dawn Shippee | Senior Pastor
Dawn A. Shippee began serving as the Senior Minister of North Church of Portsmouth, UCC on February 14, 2000. She received her Bachelor of Arts (Theatre) from the University of Maine in 1972 and her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 1985. Prior to her call to North Church, Dawn served in Laconia and Hillsboro, New Hampshire. She finds joy in her family—parents, siblings and their spouses and nine nieces and nephews. Reading and sewing are among her pastimes and since the loss of her beloved Boston Terrier, Scamp, she dreams of having time to volunteer at the NHSPCA.

Nathan Amsden | Director of Music Ministry
Nathan Amsden, our organist since 2006, became the Director of Music Ministry in 2008.  Nathan brings a strong piano/organ performance background, his Bachelor of Music from UNH, his Masters from Lesley University, and a wide variety of experiences in the music field to the organ bench and choir loft.  After several musical tours in Europe with wind ensembles, choirs, and jazz bands, he taught K-12 music for 13 years.  His vocal arrangements and compositions reflect his passion for all types of music.

Nancy Breen | Administrative Assistant
Nancy Breen began working for North Church in March 2013.  Her previous work experience included many years as a Cad Technician for civil engineering firms.  In recent years she has worked for assisted living facilities as resident assistant and concierge.  She is a Certified Volunteer Ombudsman for the State of New Hampshire, assigned to two local nursing homes.  She and her husband  live in Hampton, where they raised their daughter and son.  They enjoy hiking the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Brenda Delfino | Church School Superintendent
Brenda Delfino began her role as Church School Superintendent of North Church of Portsmouth, UCC on October 3, 2010.  She is a mother of one daughter and has been a church school teacher here for 16+ years, while also filling positions on the Parish Life Board and the Board of Deacons.   In 1983 she received her Associates degree from McIntosh College in Dover, New Hampshire and has worked for New Hampshire law firms and title companies since that time.  She cherishes each moment she is able to spend with her family, especially her daughter.  Among her greatest pleasures are her daughter, Amanda, finding that quiet, special place to grow closer to God, and sharing her faith with others, especially our youth.

Paul Gobbi | Custodian
Paul Gobbi has been the North Church Custodian since 2004.  In his 30 hour work week he cares for both the Market Square Sanctuary and the Parish House on Spinney Road.  Paul will offer a friendly greeting and is willing to assist in any of the varied and sundry tasks that come along!  He enjoys time with his wife, son and daughter.