Rev. John Sawyer, Pastor
Rev. John Sawyer grew up in Georgia, and graduated from Mercer University with a degree in Music. He later attended Princeton Theological Seminary and received his Masters of Divinity there in 2001. After serving as Director of Christian Education at a church in Charlotte, North Carolina, John was ordained as Associate Pastor of the Northminster Presbyterian Church in Macon, Georgia in 2004. He has been active in the Youth Conferences at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina, where he has served as a music leader. He completed his Certificate in Spiritual Formation through Columbia Theological Seminary. John loves making music, meeting new friends, and spending time with his wife, Amy, a physical therapist and his son.
John is truly excited to be working in ministry as Pastor at BPC.
Barb Flocco, Director of Music
Barbara Flocco, and her husband James have lived in New Hampshire since 1977. She began her service as Music Director in 2004 at BPC.
Barb has taught kindergarten through college music. Prior to coming to Bedford, she served at Hampton Falls Baptist church for 25 years as Music Director. She graduated from West Chester University with a BA and obtained her Masters of Music Education from UNH. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA. Barb is active in the AGO, collaborates and plays all over New England. She also teaches organ and piano in her private studio.
She has brought many wonderful music programs to BPC, along with world renowned guest composers, instrumentalists and vocalists. Her favorite thing about Bedford Presbyterian Church is partnering with all ages to sing for the glory of God. She loves the 125 year old Hutchings organ and the church’s potluck suppers!
Michelle Jones, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Jones and her family have resided in the Manchester area for over 40 years. She began her service 30 years ago as a church secretary and has seen her role at BPC expand. She has worked with many different pastors, a changing congregation, weathered major building projects including Project Joel, and has worked to help the church move forward with new technology.
Michelle grew up in Massachusetts and New York areas and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education. In her free time, she loves being with her seven grandchildren.
The reason Michelle has enjoyed so many years of service here is that she loves the people of the church, the relationships that have been built over the decades and the belief in the mission and ministry of Bedford Presbyterian Church.
Rev. Karen J. Hagy, Pastor Emeritus
On Sunday December 29, 2019 the Bedford Presbyterian Church marked the retirement of The Reverend Karen Hagy, its longtime pastor, at an emotional and moving worship service. Rev. Hagy, who served the church as pastor for nearly 22 years, delivered her final sermon to a packed congregation of regular church members, and representatives of the Presbytery of Northern New England. The Reverend Cindy Kohlmann, Co-Moderator of PC USA, and The Reverend Dr. David Reynolds from Pastoral Counseling Service both paid tribute to Rev. Hagy’s valuable years of service across the region.
Reverend Hagy’s connection with the Church began more than 30 years ago, when she joined the church membership as a young mother and brand-new Presbyterian. After several years, she became a Church Elder and focused her energies on youth and children’s ministry. With Rev. Ruth Boling leading the way, the efforts of her team were recognized with a Christian Education award from the Presbyterian Church (USA). Seeing the positive results of her work was one element that led to her calling, and the decision to attend seminary and seek ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Due to her husband’s job relocation, most of her theological studies took place in Texas. However, before she fulfilled her studies in Texas, the family was transferred back to New England, where she completed seminary. As coincidence would have it, the Bedford Presbyterian Church was looking for an Associate Pastor at that time, and the new Reverend Karen Hagy was called to service.
Since then, Rev. Hagy has served at the center of the Bedford Presbyterian Church’s activities with emphasis on Christian education, worship, stewardship, welcoming new members, mission and helping the church navigate various transitions in mission and ministry. For the past 6 years she has served as Co-Pastor with Rev. John Sawyer, and together they have established a unique and very successful team approach to the ministry. She has worked to further various missions in the community, across the region, and in support of national and international disaster recovery missions undertaken by the church. She has served as Moderator of the Presbytery of Northern New England, directed several camps at Camp Wilmot, served as the Presbytery’s POINT consultant on Christian Education and sat on many committees and councils at the presbytery level, including three terms on the Permanent Judicial Commission.
She has also served the Presbytery as a mentor to many female clergy. During the worship service on December 29, Pastor Karla Dias CRE of the Londonderry Presbyterian Church and Pastor Jelty Ochotan of the Marturia Presbyterian Church in Rochester expressed their deep appreciation for the support Rev. Hagy has provided them. The Marturia Choral Ensemble also participated in the service to reinforce the friendship and sincere appreciation for all Pastor Hagy had done for their community.
Following retirement, Rev. Hagy will continue to be actively engaged in mission work. She will serve on the Board of Directors for “Mission at the Eastward”, a mission program centered in Farmington, Maine that organizes groups for work projects to benefit low-income and elderly residents in the central Maine area. Rev. Hagy has been involved with this group for the past 10 years as she annually challenged the youth of the church to participate in this mission opportunity.
Rev. Harold G. Williams, Pastor Emeritus