Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, 978-526-7661 ext. 2, email

After a year-long search, First Parish Church, Congregational, of Manchester-by-the-Sea is thrilled to welcome Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea as its new full-time minister.  He will be preaching for the first time in his new role on Sunday, January 5 at 10 a.m. and a reception will follow.  Come check out our Church on the Town Green!  All are welcome.

Since 2005, Dr. Boyea has been the Senior Minister of First Congregational Church in Westfield, New Jersey.  He led the development of a comprehensive adult studies program, involving courses in bible studies, spirituality, church history, and current events; documentary film discussions; museum, theater and monastery trips; and forums and guest speakers on topics such as Islam, Judaism, the environment and the Syrian refugee crisis.  The church has a thriving church school and youth program, punctuated by annual mission trips which Dr. Boyea and his wife, Cindy, helped lead.

In a 20-year career before entering the ministry, Dr. Boyea, who holds a PhD in the Psychology of Human Performance,  served as a coach, athletics administrator, faculty member, counselor, and sport psychologist at the university, college, and private school levels at institutions such as The University of Maryland, George Mason University, Daniel Webster College (NH), and Thomas College (ME).

While guided by his faith throughout his personal and professional lives, it was during his tenure as Director of Athletics and Instructor of Psychology at The Montclair Kimberley Academy in New Jersey that Dr. Boyea realized what had always drawn him to teaching, coaching, and counseling – the desire to help people become all that God wants them to be. From this insight, he made the decision to enter seminary and received his Master of Divinity degree in May 2005.  Dr. Boyea continues to work on occasion with adult, college, and high school athletes and coaches, as well as teachers, musicians and business leaders on the mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of human performance and leadership.  He has authored several articles and was a contributing editor for three books: Coaching and Character, The Power of Three, and The Educated Child. In addition, he continues to serve as guest lecturer at high schools and colleges throughout the country.

He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Potsdam College (NY), a M.Ed. in Education and Administration from East Stroudsburg University (PA), a M.Div, from Drew University (NJ), and a Ph.D from the University of Maryland.

Mark (Dr. Boyea prefers to just be called Mark) and his wife Cindy, who manages commercial real estate, love to exercise, so keep an eye out for them running or walking the streets of Manchester and at the MAC.  They also love microbrews — you may spot them at the new Great Marsh brewery in Essex. They have two adult children:  son Ryan, a residential real estate engineer in New York, and daughter Kelsey, a law clerk at the Veterans Administration in Washington, D.C.

Please join First Parish in welcoming Mark and Cindy Boyea to our town.  All are welcome to hear him preach at any service, Sundays at 10 a.m.