Minister & Staff
The Rev. Anne Bancroft was unanimously called to Theodore Parker Church in 2014, our 29th minister since our founding in 1712.
Rev. Bancroft was ordained at the First Unitarian Society in Newton in March 2012. She had served most recently as consulting minister to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Weymouth, and previously was director of volunteer and congregational engagement at the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in Roxbury.
Prior to ordination, Rev. Bancroft served the First Unitarian Society in Newton as director of lifespan religious education. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School, and also served on the board of advisors for Skinner House Books, the publishing arm of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
Rev. Bancroft holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School.
Director of Religious Exploration
Amanda Graff joined our staff in 2016 with a background as an elementary school educator. Raised in the Unitarian Universalist tradition, Amanda has a master’s degree in elementary education and has worked in Cambridge and Newton elementary schools, primarily in special education. She is also an artist and an acrobat! Committed to providing spaces for young people to feel respected and valued, she has previously served as director of religious education for the First Parish in Dorchester (Mass.).
Michael Johnson is a composer, musician, producer, engineer, independent record label owner, and college professor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a master’s and doctorate in studio music and jazz from the University of Miami. Currently, he is an associate professor at Berklee College of Music and a freelance musician and actor in Boston. Michael is fluent in a wide range of styles, from classical to rock to world music.
Yukiko Takagi received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the New England Conservatory. Ms. Takagi has performed with the orchestra of the Bologna Teatro Musicale, the John Zorn Ensemble, the Auros Group for New Music, Santa Cruz New Music Works, the Harvard Group for New Music, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble. Ms. Takagi is a featured performer with the Callithumpian Consort. Her recording of Colin McPhee’s Balinese Ceremonial Dances was released by MusicMasters.
Terry Kitchen joined our staff in June 2017. He is a resident of nearby Roslindale and is best known to Unitarian Universalists as an award-winning folksinger and songwriter. He also published a novel, Next Big Thing, set in the Boston music scene, and has worked on many environmental and social justice issues. He looks forward to serving the Theodore Parker community and requests that you turn in your newsletter announcements on time.
Sheila McKnight has been running our office with superhuman efficiency since August, 2012. Starting in July 2017, she takes on a new role as financial administrator, assisting the Finance Committee. She was born and raised in West Roxbury, where she continues to reside.