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.