Minister & Staff

Rev. Marty Pelham

Carney D. McRae

Religious Exploration Director

Carney serves both this congregation and the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Damariscotta. She has worked with children and adults all her life in informal education, including 4-H Youth Development, running a small private school, and teaching environmental education. She practices Reiki, sings with a local folk chorus and volunteers in local schools doing mindfulness work.

Claire Helene Bevan

Music Director

Claire Helene Bevan is humbled and thrilled to have joined the family of First Universalist as Music Director. As an active church musician since 2016, Claire Helene loves ministering to hearts and minds through music in a wide diversity of styles, and also loves to incorporate the richness of musical talents from within our community into our worship services. She has enjoyed collaborating with a wide variety of singer soloists at First Church of Christ, Scientist in Camden where she was a regular church pianist.

She moved back to mid-coast Maine in 2016 and opened The Piano Room in Camden where she teaches private piano lessons. She has enjoyed singing as an alto with The Down East Singers while also serving as event and grant manager on their board. For over 15 years, she has been a passionate regular music contributor to a spiritual group she belongs to in New York City.

Claire Helene (whose name is pronounced “Clarolyn”) holds a BM Piano Performance with pedagogy emphasis from the University of Southern Maine, and has been a piano instructor for 13 years. She also holds a BA in English and Environmental Science from University of Chichester, Chichester, United Kingdom. A job as a news reporter originally brought her to Maine. A native of Belgium, she has a wide appreciation of music from different cultures and traditions.

Lindsey Braun

Congregational Administrator

Lindsey has worked at various corporate companies doing administration work for the past 14 years. Lindsey relocated to Maine in 2012 and lives in South Thomaston with her husband Fred. She is a certified yoga instructor and has been teaching in Mid Coast since 2016.

Office Hours:

Monday-8:30am-11:30am EST

Tuesday- 10:00am- 3:00pm EST

Wednesday- 11:00am- 3:00pm EST

Thursday- 12:00pm- 4:00pm EST

Sundays 8:30am-12:30pm EST