Pastor of Second Church 
the Reverend Doctor Carla Jean Bailey

The Reverend Doctor Carla Jean Bailey is the new Senior Minister of Second Church, effective September, 2018.

Originally from Minnesota, Carla served churches in several mid-western states, and also served as Senior Pastor for 19 years at The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.  There, she worked with parishioners on a variety of social justice initiatives – overturning the death penalty, advocating for victims of sexual assault, and changing gun laws to prevent gun violence.  Additionally, Carla helped the church at Dartmouth complete a major capital campaign.  Subsequently, she served as Senior Minister at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis and as Sabbatical Supply Pastor at Judson Memorial Baptist Church (American Baptist) in Minneapolis.

Carla graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan with a B.A. in 1976 and went on to the United Theological Seminary in New Brighton, Minnesota to earn her Master of Divinity in 1981, followed by a Doctorate of Ministry in 1992.  In 2009, she began studies at Vermont Law School in South Royalton, Vermont, earning her J.D. in 2013.  She wanted to apply her knowledge of law to join her passions of social justice, theology, and the church.  She is a member of the Minnesota bar.

In addition to her professional life, Carla has two grown children and lives with her husband, Warren Turner, in Newton.  She enjoys energized and intellectual worship.  In her downtime, she loves reading, knitting and sewing.




Minister of Music
Dr. Andrus Madsen

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.

When he is not making music, you can frequently find Andrus out and about with his three kids on his “Madsen Bike” a Utah built cargo bicycle that can transport the entire family.  He and his kids also love hiking and gardening.



Minister for Faith Formation
The Reverend Leah Rumsey

Originally from Michigan, Leah served as college chaplain before coming to Second Church in 2017. In addition to her role as Minister for Faith Formation, she is also a doctoral student in religion at Harvard University, where her research focuses on comparative theology, postcoloniality, and religious  leadership in 20th century Egypt.  Leah graduated from Kalamazoo College in Michigan in 2011 with a BA in English, Religion, and International and Area Studies, and earned her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School in 2014. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2015.

Leah lives in Waltham with her husband and two pet birds, and feels grateful that her call includes joys like leading Dinner Church, building community with young adults in the 2030’s group, and sharing brunch with youth group students and young adult mentors.



Director of The Second Church Nursery School
Susan Benes

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.

Phone:  617-527-4770




Secretary of Second Church
Barbara Cancellieri

I have an extensive background in business administration and have seen many changes throughout my years at Second Church. I enjoy a comfortable life with my husband and close relationships with two grown sons. I find delight interacting with my two grandchildren, 11 and 13 years old, who live in Vermont, and I love my work at Second Church.

Phone: 617-244-2690




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. I worked for some big national firms including Trammel Crow, Grubb & Ellis, and C.B. Richard Ellis, among others, before retiring. The biggest building I ever managed was the 1.4 million sq. ft., 42-story 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.