Rev. Gina M. Finocchiaro ’97

The Rev. Gina M. Finocchiaro is ordained in the United Church of Christ and is deeply involved in the justice and social issues.

The Rev. Gina M. Finocchiaro ’97, Interim Protestant Chaplain, is ordained in the United Church of Christ, a progressive mainline Protestant denomination of Christianity. She has served congregations in Connecticut, Maine and New Hampshire, always deeply involved in the justice and social issues of the wider community where she lives and serves. She has always treasured the ways she can interact with and mentor youth. She serves as a house counselor in Chase-Isham dormitory this year, and teaches several sections of EBI.

In addition to her position at Andover, she serves as the Senior Pastor at First Congregational Church, UCC, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Since her arrival there in April 2010, she has led that church through a significant capital campaign, an ambitious construction project— demolishing a sanctuary, designing and rebuilding a new one— undertaking an intentional study of diversity and welcome and affirmation (now an Open and Affirming Church), establishing new outreach efforts to serve at-risk children in the school district, and navigating many of life’s passages and milestones with individuals and families.

Before coming to Andover, she served as the Community Chaplain at Brewster Academy, where she taught, guided and supported students, faculty and staff.

Rev. Gina has a passion for hospice care, bereavement work, and chorale singing, often deeply enmeshed in volunteering for local non-profits.

Her academic background is in English and African & African-American Studies (Mount Holyoke College), with a graduate degree in Divinity (Yale University). She has specialized training in conflict management, interim leadership in churches, and diversity work.

She also harbors a love for literature, poetry, music, travel, cooking gardening, writing and dogs— particularly, her black Labrador, Elijah.

gfinocchiaro@andover.edu
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