Our Minister

MacDonald2  The Rev. Jeff MacDonald is a journalist, author and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC). He came to First Parish Church in September 2013 and has focused on building up core ministries in the areas of worship, education, community-building and outreach. As a bi-vocational pastor with a job outside the church, he’s a big believer in encouraging and equipping powerful lay ministries. He hopes the 21st-century church can be a type of gymnasium for the soul, where people of all stripes can learn to love, challenge and edify each other as the body of Christ. He explores how that might unfold in his book, Thieves in the Temple: The Christian Church and the Selling of the American Soul (Basic Books, 2010).

He was featured in the Newburyport Daily News for his coverage of the Tsarnaev trial.  The link to this article is at  http://m.newburyportnews.com/news/local_news/local-pastor-covering-tsarnaev-trial-for-national-newspaper/article_11712d2a-ba43-509c-b038-068c68742198.html?mode=jqm