Rev. Karen J. Hagy, Co-Pastor
The Rev. Karen J. Hagy, her husband Chip, and two daughters, moved for a second time to Bedford, NH in 1998 as Karen was called to be BPC’s Associate Pastor. In 2012, the church made a historic decision to change its leadership model to a Co-Pastorate, calling Karen as their first installed Co-Pastor.
She previously served as an Elder at BPC prior to attending two seminaries, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, receiving an award for preaching, and graduating from Andover Newton Theological School in MA.
Karen has served the presbytery in a variety of ways including Moderator, Vice-Moderator, and currently sits on the Permanent Judicial Commission. She grew up in the Midwest, graduating from Middlebury College where she met Chip on the first day of classes. What she loves most about BPC is the people. “It is a loving, fun, faithful, intergenerational mission-minded church family that constantly seeks to grow and share the love of God in Christ! "
Rev. John Sawyer, Co-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 is in the process of completing his Certificate in Spiritual Formation through Columbia Theological Seminary. John loves making music, meeting new friends, and spending time with his wife, Amy, whom he has known since they were both in middle school.
John is truly excited to be working in a partnership ministry as a Co-Pastor with Reverend Karen Hagy.
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.