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Pastor Elect

pastor-electJoin Us in Welcoming

The Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders

The next Pastor of  Old Cambridge Baptist Church

Beginning ministry with us on August 1, 2015


    The Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders was raised in the small town of Duncan, South Carolina, where his family has lived for several generations. He earned the B.A. in religious studies and psychology from Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, the M.S. in community counseling from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia, the M.Div. from the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer, and this March, successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in pastoral theology and pastoral counseling at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. His dissertation was titled, “Re-Visioning the Care of Souls: The Praxis of Pastoral Care in the Context of LGBTQ Suicide,” for which he received a dissertation fellowship from the Louisville Institute and earned a “pass with distinction” from his dissertation committee.

    Cody was ordained in 2009 by Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia (an ABC and Alliance of Baptists congregation), and has served Baptist congregations in North Carolina and Georgia as youth minister and associate pastor. He currently serves as Assistant Minister for Pastoral Care at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis, California. Cody’s training in pastoral care and counseling includes Clinical Pastoral Education in a hospital setting, serving as chaplain to an urban housing community for the working poor, a mental health counseling internship at a residential psychiatric treatment facility, and a doctoral residency at the Pastoral Counseling Center of Dallas, Texas.

    Cody currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) and the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB). He is also the co-coordinator of the Racial Justice & Multiculturalism Community within the Alliance of Baptists and is a part of the implementation team for the Alliance’s “Congregational Compassion and Human Difference Initiative” (a project resourcing congregations for dialogue and activism on both LGBTQ and racial justice concerns), funded by a $104,000 grant from the Arcus Foundation for which Cody served as lead proposal author.

    He is the author of Queer Lessons for Churches on the Straight and Narrow: What All Christians Can Learn from LGBTQ Lives (Macon, GA: Faithlab, 2013), winner of the National Bronze Medal for Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction in the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Cody edited the second edition of Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: A Resource for Congregations on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, published in 2013 by the BPFNA, AWAB, and the Alliance. He is also active in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles appearing in Theology & Sexuality, Pastoral Psychology, Sacred Spaces: The E-Journal of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, The Professional Counselor: Research and Practice, and the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, and is an occasional contributor to The Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Baptist News Global, and other online publications.

The congregation voted The Rev. Dr. Cody J. Sanders as our next Pastor on March 29, 2015 because

  • After a lengthy discernment process imbued with the Spirit’s presence, we and Cody shared a conviction that God is calling us to a shared ministry. 
  • Cody embodies the personal attributes, skills, and experience that our congregation prioritized for our next pastor in the church-wide process of developing our Congregational Profile and Job Description:

Preaching and Worship:  Cody’s dynamic preaching stood out for the Search Team early on.  His sermons fit OCBC’s expectations for theological depth, pastoral sensitivity, and a prophetic word. His presence in worship is warm and accessible.  Cody’s experience as a church organist and his love and knowledge of sacred music will be an asset in continuing OCBC’s long tradition of arts in worship.

Pastoral Care:  Cody recently successfully defended his dissertation for the Ph.D. in Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Counseling at Brite Divinity School, and also has significant professional experience in pastoral care and counseling.  We believe that his pastoral presence and skills will be a gift to our congregation and beyond.  He is a good listener, and adept at asking thoughtful questions at the right time.

Christian Education and Social Justice Enablement:  A nationally recognized speaker and writer, as well as a front line social justice activist, Cody facilitates the building of redemptive communities through encouraging churches to listen to, and learn from, people on the margins, with particular attention to LGBTQ communities and communities of color.  From those starting points, he helps people connect the dots to a broad spectrum of justice concerns, from individual to global.  He also brings local church experience in youth ministry and relates easily and authentically with young people.

Community Outreach and Church Growth:  The practice of radical hospitality is one of Cody’s strengths,  both in educating congregations (see above), and helping them live into their intentions (see below). Radical welcome is a solid foundation for both spiritual and numerical growth.

Leadership and Organizational Development: Cody is already a key leader in the emerging generation of progressive Baptists.  He has experience and skill in looking at churches systemically, and helping them discern and implement their visions for ministry. He is committed to helping OCBC continue its focus on organizational and leadership development, collaborating with current leaders and helping us identify and prepare our future leaders. Cody values and practices the collaborative leadership of pastor and people in Baptist congregational ministry.

Denominational affiliations:  Cody is a life-long Baptist, and serves in leadership positions with The Alliance of Baptists, The Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists, and The Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America.  His pastorate with us offers the opportunity for deeper connections for OCBC with progressive Baptists across North America.

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Selected Sermons and Public Theological Articles:

The Risk of Welcome,” - video Sermon, Oakhurst Baptist Church, Decatur, GA
A Message From the Future,” - video Sermon, First Baptist Church of Greenville, SC

Practicing Community When You Can’t Go Home” - video Sermon, St. Mark’s UMC, Sacramento, CA
How to Perform an Exorcism” - audio Sermon, Davis United Methodist Church, Davis, CA
Parable of the Two Sons” – video Sermon, St. Mark’s UMC, Sacramento, CA
Disturbing the Peace” - audio Sermon, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC

Public Theological Articles:

The Huffington Post
Baptist News Global
Religion Dispatches: 1, 2, 3, 4

Rev. Adrienne Berry-Burton — Pastor

AdrienneReverend Adrienne Berry-Burton comes to Old Cambridge Baptist Church with pastoral experience in churches and on college campuses.

Reverend Adrienne was raised in the Pittsburgh, PA area. She attended Penn State University and completed her education at Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education. The renewed call to ministry led her to Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA where she earned a Master in Divinity in 1997. After a time as a professional Community Organizer with Greater Boston Interfaith Organization she completed a three year fellowship in Urban Ministry at Harvard Divinity School, 2003. She is currently enrolled with Gateways to God: Spiritual Direction and Congregational Development. She recently completed a journey with eight other American Baptist ministers and lay people through southern cities, meeting people of faith who worked for freedom and justice, September 2014. She is interested in the many pathways that foster healed persons and healed communities.

She also currently serves as the part-time Facilitator and Curriculum Developer for TABCOM’s Leading Edge Discipleship. LED was formed to nurture the spiritual growth of mission-minded young adults. They meet once a month. She continues to serve part-time as a Chaplain at UMass Boston through Oasis of Faith Campus Ministries, an ecumenical ministry established in 1974.

She is mother, grandmother, jewelry maker, vocalist, learner, teacher, preacher and Pastor. Reverend Adrienne shares this note of joy, “I am a blessed woman who is afforded grace filled opportunities to live out my faith and to share the abundant love of God in a community of Believers in churches, in my extended family, and the wider community.”

Thomas Jones — Minister of Music

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Baritone Thomas Jones is in the 29th year of his career as a performer and appears with orchestras, opera companies, choral ensembles, pops concerts and on recital series throughout North America, Europe and the West Indies.  Critics from coast to coast have hailed his performances as elegant, passionate, expressive and sensitive.  Richard Buell of The Boston Globe calls the vocal and stage presence of Thomas Jones "irresistible".  Anthony Tommasini of The New York Times proclaims that Mr. Jones sings "with plush sounds and musical vigor".

Mr. Jones’ solo appearances include The Santa Fe Symphony, The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Boston's Handel & Haydn Society, The Apollo Chorus of Chicago, The San Francisco City Chorus and Orchestra, The Vancouver Chamber Choir and The Canadian Broadcast Orchestra, The Phoenix Bach Choir, The Phoenix Chamber Orchestra, New York's St. Cecilia Orchestra, Baltimore Choral Arts Society, The Omaha Symphony, The Pacific Chorale and The Pacific Symphony in Southern California, The Battle Creek Symphony (Michigan), The Billings Symphony (Montana),The Louisville Bach Society at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, The Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra of Washington, DC, The Simon Sinfonietta of Washington, DC., The Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic Orchestra, The Bucks County Choral Society and The Philadelphia Festive Arts Orchestra under conductor Robert Page. 

Thomas Jones has sung on recital series coast to coast in the USA and in the cities of Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen among others.

Festival appearances include Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Berkshire Choral Festival, The Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Great Waters Music Festival and Monadnock Music. Opera companies include Boston Lyric Opera, The Harrisburg Opera Company of Pennsylvania and Opera New England.  In metropolitan Boston, appearances include The Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Boston Civic Orchestra, The Back Bay Chorale, Coro Allegro, The Cape Cod Symphony, The Worcester Symphony, The Nashua Symphony, The Providence Singers, New England Classical Singers, The Monadnock Chorus and The Masterworks Chorale.

Mr. Jones has soloed with well over 150 choruses throughout The USA, appearing under the baton of notable maestros such as Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, Roger Norrington, Thomas Dunn, John Alexander, Jon Washburn, Daniel Beckwith, Joel Revzen, Robert Page, Jung-Ho Pak, John Oliver, William Gray, Stephen Simon, Tom Hall and Gerald Mack.  And, he has premiered new works by composers such as Libby Larson, Dave Brubeck, John Goodman and others. Contemporary pops concerts have recently been an added dimension to his 25 year career.  Those series feature music from the American Songbook and a vast array of musical theater composers.  Recordings include Handel “Messiah” for National Public Radio and Handel “Samson” with the Canadian Broadcast Orchestra and the Vancouver Chamber Choir.

Thomas Jones was a semifinalist in the International Bel Canto Foundation Vocal Competition and a semifinalist in the New York Oratorio Competition.  His theater experiences range from summer stock companies in multiple roles from Gershwin to Sondheim.  In addition, Mr. Jones is an accomplished voice teacher and choral clinician, having conducted vocal master classes and choral clinics throughout the United States at colleges, high schools and for community, church and professional choruses.  He has adjudicated at dozens of solo competitions and choral festivals throughout the country. Thomas Jones has been teaching voice through the Office for the Arts at Harvard University for 20 years.  He also served as vocal coach for Harvard University’s “Hasty Pudding Theatricals” for 10 years and is the voice clinician for the Harvard Freshman Arts Program.

Thomas Jones became Director of Music at Old Cambridge Baptist Church in 2002.  Under his direction, the choir has recorded a CD entitled “Total Praise”.  Members of the choir had the unique privilege of singing at several historic Biblical sites in Turkey and Greece in the summer of 2010, including Ephesus, Corinth and ancient Pergamum.  In June of 2011, the choir will sing the 9:00 AM worship service at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.


Kathy Maskell — Organist and Pianist

kathy smallKathy Maskell, a lifelong church musician, has a varied and rich musical background.  She studied organ with Donald Willing at New England Conservatory and piano with Bob Winter, pianist with the Boston Pops.  She received her Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and a Masters of Music Education degree from Boston University.  Kathy has been a highly successful piano instructor both in her home studio and in the many years she owned and directed MusicWorks, Inc. a commercial music education facility offering lesson in piano, voice, guitar, strings and drums.

Her interest in music technology has led her to give presentations on the subject at national conferences for both Music Teachers National Association and the National conference on Keyboard Pedagogy.  Her music technology articles have been published in Clavier Companion, a periodical for piano teachers.  Since 2003 Kathy has been adjunct professor at Regis College in Weston, MA teaching piano classes, music theory, keyboard ensemble and several independent studies with students interested in vocal arranging and counterpoint.  Kathy has been organist and pianist here at Old Cambridge Baptist Church since 2003 also, happily returning to collaborate with Thomas Jones after their tenure at Tremont Temple Baptist Church.  With her background in technology, Kathy aids the OCBC choir with rehearsal compact disks as they prepare for special holiday services.  The choir has performed her composition "Send Down Your Spirit" written for choir and piano.  Her background in composition and arranging has given her opportunities to write original music for keyboard ensembles and most recently incidental music for the children's book "Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig" by David Rottenberg.  Kathy continues to explore musical opportunities to enhance her musicianship and to benefit her students.


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