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, during which tenure she also served on a variety of Massachusetts Bay District organizations, and also as president of the continental Liberal Religious Educators Association. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Andover Newton Theological School, and also serves 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. She received a master’s degree in theological studies from Harvard Divinity School and completed further graduate work through Starr King School for the Ministry, Meadville Lombard Theological School, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Her studies and experience reflect a passion for learning and a deep appreciation for fellow seekers on the spiritual path.
Rev. Bancroft is the church’s 29th minister (including two interim ministers) since it was gathered in 1712 as the Second Parish of Roxbury.
Rev. Phyllis B. O’Connell served as interim minister from September 2012 to July 2014 as the congregation searched for a new settled minister.
Rev. Lillian G. Nye stepped down in June 2012 after serving 10 years as minister.
Many of their sermons are available for reading or listening by visiting our sermon archive.