Senior Minister

The Rev. Robert (Bob) Brown is Senior Minister at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, MA where he works with the middle and high school youth groups. Bob also creates opportunities for individuals and small groups at TriCon to grow deeper in the Christian life and faith. He was ordained by the UCC in November of 2010. During seminary he served as an intern minister at Old South Church in Boston and was an active member of Hope Church in Jamaica Plain. Bob holds 2 B.S. degrees in Communications from Emerson College in Boston and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological Seminary. Prior to his call to ministry, Bob enjoyed a long career as a film and television director in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles.

He is a devoted father of five adult children and stepchildren.  Bob and his wife, artist, Natalie Gardner live in Maynard.  Together they love to hike, bike, paddle and photograph the beautiful New England landscape.  In 2014, during his sabbatical, Bob and Natalie walked El Camino De Santiago, El Norte, a 500-mile pilgrimage in Spain along the Spanish coast.

Phone: (978) 369-4837 x225

Interim Minister for Spiritual Development and Congregational Life

The Rev. Dr. Jean Vandergrift is thrilled to be serving as Interim Minister for Spiritual Development and Congregational Life at TriCon! She has been called as a second minister on staff to support the ministries of worship leadership and preaching, pastoral care, spiritual development, small groups, and programs for families. Specializing in interim ministry, a significant part of her job is to work with the Transition Team and the congregation on its interim goals, such as building upon its past, learning more about its present self, exploring the needs of its neighbors in Concord and beyond, and discerning God’s vocational call for TriCon’s future, thus preparing the way for ministerial staffing that coincides with this vision.

Jean has been an ordained minister since 1983, serving congregations in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Seattle, Washington, along with an earlier mission appointment in France. Since 2007 she has served a variety of interim ministries with the UCC in Massachusetts.

The Vandergrifts moved to Boston so Jean could pursue a PhD in Practical Theology from Boston University’s School of Theology (awarded 2014). Her dissertation, entitled The Dance of a Changing Church: A Practical Theology of Congregational Transformation, researched three congregations that had rebounded from severe decline into vitality and faithfulness, which produced insights relevant to interims and healthy settled congregations like TriCon.

Graduates of the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and Lexington Theological Seminary in Kentucky, Jean and husband Steve have been married thirty-eight years and live in Boston. Steve is an ordained minister who currently teaches physics and astronomy at Newton South High School. They have one adult son, Nathan, married to Alena, both of whom work with financial firms in Boston.

In her spare time, Jean enjoys walking and other forms of exercise, reading, watching movies, baking, looking after “grand-dog” Chloe, and drawing house plans. She eats far too many potato chips and likes to drink ice tea without the ice.

Phone: (978) 369-4837 x224

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