Rev. Brent Fugate – Senior Pastor
Rev. Brent Fugate is a native of Knoxville, TN. He moved to the North Shore in 2009 to attend graduate school at Gordon-Conwell. He has a passion for seeing the gospel spread in New England through the local church by word and deed. Brent spends his free time with his wife Ann and four young sons. He also enjoys skiing, racquetball, reading, and spending time with friends.
Dr. William E. Boylan – Pastor Emeritus
Rev. William Boylan, a native of Ipswich and a graduate of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, was called to the pastorate in 1969. A man of strong evangelical faith, he changed the church’s theological direction from the mainline liberal approach to the more strictly Biblical concepts characteristic of earlier days. Although not all members were prepared to accept this change, the net result was unprecedented growth and strength. Since his arrival, Pastor Boylan has seen numerous programs develop, both in the church and in its outreach. Building programs have given the Church the much larger meetinghouse, a new parsonage and an expanded Parish House.
Jim is a native of Newton, MA and has been married to Joyce for over 40 years. Together they have five children, one boy and four girls, and eight wonderful grandchildren. He has spent the majority of his professional career involved in Christian Education at the collegiate level, although he has served on the Board of the local Christian school attended by his children when the family lived in Beaver Falls, PA.
Education and Background:
BA – Clark University, majored in History
EdM – Boston University, concentration in educational administration and Social education
MBA – Bentley College, concentration in Marketing/Management
MA – Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary – focus on Church History
“I love to teach. It is the joy of my life to see how the truth of God’s Word can transform lives. My ministry passion is to train and equip the next generation of Christian leaders so that they in turn can minister to the children of our congregation and community in order that they will respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. My goal is to inspire both leaders and children so that they desire to find ways to serve Christ in their daily lives and have a passion for sharing their faith with others. This can only be accomplished as we each continue to learn what it means to follow Jesus day by day.”
Bob Lathrop – Music Director
Bob Lathrop has been Music Director at Byfield Parish Church since 1995. He is employed full time at Triton Regional High School where he teaches TV/Video Production classes. After school, he directs the school’s Women’s Choir and Men’s Choir, as well as the Middle School Select Choir and Chorus. Bob graduated from Gordon College with a Bachelor of Music Education degree and a Master of Education degree. He also completed coursework leading to a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Connecticut where he served on staff as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. For many years Bob served as Music Director at Camp Wightman in southern Connecticut. Before coming to Byfield, he held the position of Music Director at churches in Mansfield, Connecticut, and Lynn, Massachusetts.
Holly Nowak – Organist/Accompanist
A lifelong resident of Rowley, MA, Holly Nowak became the Byfield Parish Church organist/accompanist in 2002 at age 18. She was 5 years old when her family acquired a free used piano, clearly provided by God to reveal her musical gifts. Already a motivated, home-schooled student, Holly started formal piano lessons at age 6. She accompanied her first church service at age 11 on Thanksgiving eve, and by age 15 was a professional “per diem” substitute accompanist for BPC and several other area churches. At that time Holly began to receive private organ instruction, first from her piano teacher Mrs. Holly Simons, then from Dr. Roy Brunner of Gordon College. Dr. Brunner encouraged Holly to consider attending Gordon College. Upon completion of her high school studies at Libert Home Academy, Holly was accepted at Gordon as an organ performance major. She entered in the fall of 2002, continued serving as the BPC organist/accompanist all through school, and graduated magna cum laude in May, 2006. Holly has also worked outside of Byfield Parish Church as an accompanist under music director Bob Lathrop. She has played for his Triton Middle School and High School choral groups in numerous public performances, including regional and international competitions. She has won awards for her talents in some of these venues. Additionally Holly plays independently for weddings, funerals, and other community events by request.
Along with her music, Holly also displays artistic gifts. She designed the BPC Tercentenary logo. Her other interests include photography, travel, and “rugged outdoorsman sports” such as biking, hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking and marksmanship. She spends her summers working as a staffer in the “La Vida” day camp for middle school students conducted at Gordon College. To keep up her strength for her busy life, Holly is currently acquiring skills as a gourmet cook.
Minda Fowler – Church Secretary
Joan Walton – Treasurer