Meet Our Staff
Pastor of Second Church
the Reverend Doctor Carla Jean Bailey
Rev. Dr. Carla Jean Bailey enjoys energized and intellectual worship. She delivers thoughtful sermons and is especially concerned with issues of social justice. She has served Second Church since September, 2018. She previously served churches in several midwestern states as well as the Church of Christ in Hanover, NH for 19 years.
Carla has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate of Ministry from United Theological Seminary in Minnesota, and a J.D. from Vermont Law School. She wanted to apply her knowledge of law to her passions of social justice, theology, and the church. She is a member of the Minnesota bar.
Carla has two grown children and lives with her husband, Warren Turner, in Newton. In her downtime, she loves reading, knitting and sewing.
Minister of Music
Dr. Andrus Madsen
Dr. Andrus Madsen directs the choir and plays the organ and piano in Sunday worship. He has served Second Church since 2005. Andrus received a B.A. in organ performance from Brigham Young University and, from the Eastman School of Music, an M.A. in Musicology and Masters and Doctorate degrees in harpsichord performance. He previously served several other churches.
Andrus is also an active piano teacher, teaching both beginners and advanced students, and has a busy Early Music performing career 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.
Minister of Faith Formation
Rev. Leah Rumsey
Rev. Leah Rumsey directs the church’s programs for children, the 20s/30s group for young adults, and Wednesday Dinner Church. She has a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. She is currently a doctoral student in Religion at Harvard University, where her research focuses on comparative theology, postcoloniality [post colonialism?], and religious leadership in 20th century Egypt. She previously served at several other churches and as a college chaplain.
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 20s/30s group, and sharing brunch with youth group students and young adult mentors.