About Us

Mission Statement

To Know Jesus and to seek His will for our lives, to Grow in our love and faithfulness to Jesus, and to Go share His Good News near and far

What We Believe

Statement of Beliefs.

We Believe

The person and work of Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do. The Bible is our “road map” for faith and life.

We Believe

In Honesty about our sinful condition. We are all works in progress, none has completely arrived. We invite you to join the journey with us.

We Believe

In Spiritual growth happening in community. Intentional, caring relationships mark our lives at First Church.

We Believe

In Sharing generously God’s gracious gifts. Loving God and loving our neighbor are inseparable commands. We are committed to being a powerful presence for good in our region and beyond.

Our Team

“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” – Ecclesiastes 4:12

Andrew James

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Andrew James came to First Church in November of 2014 as our lead pastor. He is originally from Vienna, VA (a suburb of Washington, D.C.)

He graduated from the U. of Alabama (“Roll Tide”) and recently earned his M.Div at Gordon-Conwell, where he served as Student Body President. He served as a missionary in Pisa, Italy, worked on Capitol Hill as a congressional staffer, and spent the last eight years with Christian Business Men’s Connection (CBMC). He began with CBMC in the DC area and helped to launch their young professional initiative featuring events with many prominent business speakers and groups that focused on discipleship and evangelism. In 2011 he started the Boston chapter of CBMC, a ministry with a strong presence in the Boston business community. His life verses are Isaiah 30:18-21. He and his wife Becky have two young boys and a baby girl. He loves spending time with them, playing pick up basketball, walking along Halibut Pt. in Rockport, reading presidential biographies and pouring over baseball statistics (ask him about why Cal Ripken is his favorite baseball player of all time). He is so grateful to serve the Lord at First Church!

Walter grew up only a stone’s throw from FCCB in Carlisle, MA.

He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s of Music, retired from the Army National Guard 215th Army Band, and in the process of finishing a Master’s of Arts in Theology at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.

Walter Woodward


Contemporary Worship Leader

James Cassell

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Minister of Music

Though originally from Southern California, James was secretly always a New Englander at heart.

After growing up in sunny Simi Valley, California, James came to Gordon College and graduated in 2007 with a double degree in Piano and Political Science . He also brings a background in conducting, violin, and ensemble work, having performed with the Gordon College Choir and Orchestra for numerous years. Him and his wife Abigail live in Beverly, MA, and he enjoys photography, playing basketball, road cycling, and finding new ways to brew coffee.

Abigail has been at FCCB since 2009, originally from New Milford, CT.

A New Englander born and raised, Abigail graduated from Gordon College in 2012 with a degree in Music Education focusing on vocal performance. Abigail is FCCB’s Special Music coordinator and resident soloist. She is also a music teacher at Breed Middle School in Lynn, MA, and teaches private voice lessons as well. Abigail enjoys exercising, singing along to her favorite musicals, and curling up in a cozy blanket to watch classic movies and shows.

Abigail Cassell

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Special Music

Nancy Gill

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Office Administrator

Nancy has been a part of FCCB for the better part of the past decade.

Nancy Gill comes to FCCB with a wealth of administration experience, and helps maintain the front-facing weekday aspect of the church day in and out. She enjoys shopping in awesome yard sales for the next potential great deal and spending time with her husband Dennis and their grandchildren.


Elder of Congregation: Ron Giovannacci
Elder of Facilities: Dan Fraiser
Elder of Community Life: John Noyes
Elder of Outreach: Paul Sidmore
Elder of Worship: Gerri White
Elder of  Christian Education: David Allen
Elder of
 Finance: Don Wood
tinerant Pastor to the Elderly and Unchurched: Rolan DeLoach
hurch Moderator: Ian Fitch


Office Administrator: Nancy Gill
Family Life Center Sexton: Jack Hawxwell

(978) 887-5841

Church Phone

4 Georgetown Road | PO Box 326, Boxford, MA 01921

Church Address

Get In Touch

We’d love to hear from you!

4 Georgetown Road | PO Box 326, Boxford, MA 01921 • (978) 887-5841 • office@firstchurchboxford.org

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