Our Staff

Meet the folks equipping our congregation for ministry.

Rev. Dr. Sara Worcester

Rev. Dr. Sara Worcester

Designated Pastor

Pastor Sara comes to Buckingham with 27 years of experience and is excited for the energy she can offer Buckingham and for the energy Buckingham can offer her. Pastor Sara most recently served the First Congregational Church of Coventry as Sr. Pastor, prior to which she served the East Granby Congregational Church as the Associate Pastor of Caring & Youth Coordination, and then the Interim Pastor. Pastor Sara can be reached at saraworcester@aol.com.

 

Susan Betz

Susan Betz

Office Administrator

Susan has worked in an administrative setting for more than 27 years, ten of them with Buckingham UCC. She holds a degree in Graphic Design and Fine Arts and occasionally uses her talents to create bulletin covers and artwork for the church. She grew up in Glastonbury before moving to Manchester to raise her three children.  When not with her family, she is in her garden, traveling, painting or dog sitting for friends. Susan is regularly in the office Tuesday – Friday  8:30 – 2:45.  She can be reached at buckinghamchurch@bcc.necoxmail.com or 860-633-7992.
Rich Prario

Rich Prario

Organist & Accompanist

Rich Prario grew up in eastern Massachusetts, starting piano lessons in 6th grade. A short time later, he developed an interest in the organ at the Episcopal church he was attending. This led to serving as the church’s organist during his senior year of high school. In the course of his 40-year career as a church musician, he has played in Congregational, Lutheran, Baptist, and Episcopalian parishes. Meanwhile, his major professional focus has been in education, obtaining degrees from Middlebury College, Purdue University, and the University of Nice in southern France. He has taught in private schools in Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York, and is now getting a taste of the public sector at a high school near his home. A man of many interests, Rich became passionately involved in historic architecture during his 20s, leading him to restore two homes, a Victorian in Takoma Park, MD, and his current house, an 1820 Federal, in Hampton, CT. Yes, he could finally afford his house in the Hamptons! Although he has always been interested in spiritual matters, the depth of his knowledge, experience, and “connection” expanded exponentially in 2013 when he took a week-long residential course in meditation at Virginia’s Monroe Institute.
Liz Bunker

Liz Bunker

Sexton

Liz Bunker takes care of the regular custodial maintenance of the church building.  She has been with the church for many years as sexton and also as a member. Liz enjoys her ten grandchildren including two year old and three month old twins.