Rev. Shayna Appel, Minister

In the summer of 2020, we welcomed Rev. Shayna Appel as our new minister. Shayna is a longtime member of our church and is already known to many, so we are excited to engage with her in this new role. Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2006, Shayna’s ordination was recognized by the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2014.

Shayna’s background includes a significant ministry in the area of Trauma and Trauma Response.  She is a founding member of the UU Trauma Response Ministry Team and serves as Chaplain to both the Peterborough (NH) and Townsend (MA) Fire & Rescue Departments.  She is also a member of both the Granite State Critical Incident Stress Response Team and the Massachusetts Corps of Fire Chaplains.

In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her horse, Sunflower, or motorcycle riding with friends.

Read Rev. Shayna’s April message.

Read other monthly messages.


Lisa Murray, Music Co-Director

Lisa Murray, musician, plays the piano and organ. Steeped in the Catholic tradition throughout her childhood and early years, she became a longstanding member of the Peterborough Unitarian Universalist Church about 25 years ago, where she frequently played the piano as a guest musician. A Temple resident, Lisa was also the church organist at the Congregational Church of Temple for several years. She enjoys writing original music and endeavoring to express the inexpressible through music.

Jackie Davis, Music Co-Director

Jackie Davis grew up singing in choirs at First Parish UU Church in Chelmsford, MA, madrigal groups and Northeastern District Jr Chorus, as well as operas and theater productions through high-school.   She studied voice & diction in New York City’s HB Studios and earned a B.A. degree in Theater at University of New Hampshire.

For many years Jackie wrote and directed musical circus performances for the Pine Hill Waldorf School as its Movement Specialist, and is the author of DIY Circus Lab (A Family-Friendly Guide for Juggling, Balancing, Clowning, and Show-Making).  In 2018-2019 Jackie was Interim Choir Director for the Congregational Church of Temple, NH.  She plays accordion, piano, percussion and recorder.

Jamie Ferrier, Congregational Administrator

Jamie joined UUCM in August 2015. She attended the University of Vermont, where she received her bachelor’s in mathematics. She has worked in several fields, including medicine, statistical research, and hospitality, in addition to owning her own art business. She spends most of her time with her partner, Milan, and their daughter, Evalina, creating art, or gardening. Jamie really enjoys serving the UUCM community. Jamie can be reached at or 673-1870 ext. 1.

Sue Wahlen, Custodian

Sue Wahlen has been working at our church since April 2005, keeping UUCM spotless and continually moving furniture to accommodate the many meetings and activities scheduled weekly. Sue can be reached at 603-673-1870 ext. 1 (to leave message)

Olav Nieuwejaar, Minister Emeritus  
Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar, Minister Emerita

Olav served our congregation from 1976 to 2000. Jeanne, his wife, first served as Director of Religious Education and then was called to co-ministry with Olav for the last years of their ministry together in Milford. Rev. Olav and Rev. Jeanne occasionally lead worship for our congregation and are sometimes available for memorial services and weddings, when our minister is unavailable. Olav and Jeanne served as Co-Interim Ministers in Cambridge, England and at the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock on Long Island. They also served as Co-District Executives for the New Hampshire-Vermont District of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Jeanne is the author of The Gift of Faith: Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children, published in 2002 by Skinner House Books.  Her most recent book, Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language was released in 2012. At the Worship Service on December 2, 2012, Rev. Jeanne spoke about the topic of this book.  Copies of Rev. Jeanne’s books are available from the UUA bookstore.