Minister & Staff

Reverend Lara K-J Campbell

Minister

The Reverend Lara K-J- Campbell is the 26th minister of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church and was called to be our minister in 2014. She believes strongly that Unitarian Universalism is a faith that can nurture spirits and help heal the world. Rev. Lara is passionate about supporting people in spiritual growth, celebrating joys, and comforting sorrows. She is committed to creating a just, diverse, spiritual, and compassionate community, packed with action. She has served the congregation and community with diligence, understanding, and a wonderful sense of humor. Rev. Lara is great fun to be with.

Rev. Lara is a fifth generation Unitarian, raised as a Unitarian Universalist in northern Minnesota. She holds a Master of Divinity (2012) from New York Theological Seminary, a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (1999) from Michigan State University, and a Bachelor of Science (1996) in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota.

Adept at communicating on-line, Rev. Lara served The Church of the Larger Fellowship, an on-line UU church, for two years as minister. She also served her ministerial internship with the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Westchester in Mt. Kisco, NY, and was co-ordained in 2014 by both of these Fellowships.

Rev. Lara is a trainer for Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education. She teaches curricula for grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 and serves as a consultant. She has led OWL classes and trainings in Kennebunk and elsewhere.

Rev. Lara and her husband, Jay Pacitti, live in Kennebunk with their dog, Maddy J. Beagle. Together they have rolled up their sleeves and renovated their home. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, walking around town, catching up on a few TV shows, and listening to the ocean waves.

If you want to learn more about Rev. Lara check out the interview she did with Cynthia Walker from the Brick Store Museum.

https://brickstoremuseum.podbean.com/e/the-brick-podcast-april-2021/ 

Office Hours: Wed. and Thurs. 9 a.m. to noon or by appointment.

Rev. Lara is available to meet with you outside in person or by Zoom, and as always she can be reached by phone at (207) 985-3700.

Allison Lazos

Office Administrator

As administrator of the church, Allison communicates with the congregation and community in many ways, greeting all with a cheery smile, and serving with great care. 

Office hours: Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Allison welcomes you to stop by if you need help with anything. She can be reached by phone at (207) 985-3700.

Chris Staknys

Director of Music

Christopher Staknys is the Music Director at First Parish Church. A graduate of The Juilliard School (2018) with a degree in solo piano performance, he has appeared as performer and composer in cities such as New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Paris and Salzburg at venues including Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall. He has won numerous competitions including first prize in the Steinway Society of Massachusetts Piano Competition.

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Open Opportunity

Coordinator of Religious Education

Seeking10 hours of service from a Coordinator of Religious Education. The Religious Education (RE) program encompasses the Nursery, Children’s program (grades K-5), and Youth programs (grades 6-12). Select HERE for more information.

 

 

Barbara Boscia

Bookkeeper

Barbara Boscia skillfully handles the church’s financial responsibilities. She is also a valued member of the Finance Committee and is a fabulous cook!

Office hours: By appointment only.