Meet Our Staff


Interim Pastor
Rev. Wayne Earl

Rev. Earl has experience as an Interim Minister and as a chaplain. He also has credentials in Conflict Facilitation and Mediation and in Intentional Interim Ministry having completed Steps 1, 2, and 3 through the Interim Ministry Network. He and his wife are co-founders of the non-profit “This Star Won’t Go Out,” which they established in memory of their daughter, Ester Grace. It provides financial relief to families going through the trial of caring for a child with cancer. “My theology of ministry is based upon the grace and mercy of God and the absolute dignity and worth of each individual.”


Andrus joined Second Church as Minister of Music in the summer of 2005, and conducts the chancel choir in Sunday worship.  Originally from Provo, Utah, Andrus received a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance from Brigham Young University.  He then studied at the Eastman School of Music, where he completed a Master’s degree in Musicology, together with Masters and Doctorate degrees in harpsichord performance.

​In addition to his duties at Second Church, Andrus is an active piano teacher, teaching both beginners and advanced students.  He also has a busy performing career as an Early Music Specialist, playing harpsichord, organ and other historic keyboard instruments.  He founded and manages Newton Baroque, a local period instrument ensemble which can frequently be heard in performance at Second Church and in other venues.


Minister of Music 
Dr. Andrus Madsen


As a dedicated early childhood professional, Susan believes children learn best through play and socializing with their peers. “Play” is essential and helps facilitate the development of a child’s cognitive, emotional, social and physical abilities. Susan also believes placing an emphasis on kindness within our nursery school family is essential and is convinced that if children learn the importance of being thoughtful at a young age it will stay with them into adulthood, resulting in a kinder world.


Director, Second Church Nursery School
Susan Benes


Office Administrator
Denise Davila

Denise Davila, M.Ed. joined Second Church in November 2022 as our Office Administrator. She brings to this role diverse professional experiences. Denise was a dedicated educator for deaf and hard of hearing programs for many years.  Throughout her life it has been her passion to be involved with non-profit organizations that serve the community in both management positions and as an active volunteer.  She is most proud of her work with C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates) as a Guardian Ad Litem representing children involved in abuse and neglect cases within the court system. 



Property Manager
Frank Neal

Frank was a professional commercial (office/industrial) property manager with nearly 40 years of experience in the real estate field. He worked for some big national firms including Trammel Crow, Grubb & Ellis, and C.B. Richard Ellis, among others, before retiring. The biggest building he ever managed was the 1.4 million sq. ft., 42-storey tower at 100 Federal Street in town for Bank of America.




Mary Ayotte

Mary started working at the Second Church in Newton as the Church Bookkeeper in September 2009 and came to us with a strong background in business and finance.  She often says how much she enjoys her role at Second Church and how proud she is to be a part of the Second Church family and the wonderful work that happens here!

Mary can be found at the Second Church most Tuesdays and Fridays but she reminds us that ALWAYS accessible to her Second Church family by cell phone 508-635-7535 or e-mail.