Meet Our Staff


Bridge Pastor
Pastor Katie Omberg

​We are very pleased to welcome Pastor Katie Omberg as our bridge pastor. She has a Masters of Divinity from Boston University, and has experience as both a bridge and an interim pastor. She volunteers with The Mission Institute in Boston as a Core Facilitator and with Black & Pink MA, a LGBTQ/HIV+ prisoner support and abolition group. She also has worked with City Mission Boston as a Director of Community Engagement. She says, "I am passionate about fostering a relationship with God through worship, through preaching relevant and Bible-based sermons, leading prayers of the people, and empowering lay leaders to be involved in service."



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
Barbara Cancellieri

Barbara has an extensive background in business administration and has seen many changes throughout her years at Second Church. She enjoys a comfortable life with her husband and close relationships with her two grown sons, and finds delight interacting with her two grandchildren, who live in Vermont. "I love my work at Second Church."



Property Manager of Second Church
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.