Rev. Wallace (Chip) A. Hurd IV (Pastor) Born in Lynn, MA and raised in Stratford, CT, Chip graduated in 2004 from Marlboro College with a degree in Political-Religious Theory. He then attended Andover Newton Theological School and was ordained on June 4, 2017. Prior to coming to Wilbraham United, Chip served as the Acting Senior Pastor at the First Congregational Church of West Boylston, MA. In addition, prior to his call to West Boylston he served at the Congregational Church of Harvard as Pastoral Associate from 2007-2010 and Christian Union Church as Interim Director of Pastoral Ministries from 2010-2011. He is a member of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ (MACUCC) Racial Justice Task Force, is a Level I certified Racial Justice trainer, and was a MACUCC delegate to the UCC General Synod in 2015 and 2017. Chip spends his free time cooking, watching any and all manner of sports, and studying the impact of religion on American politics and society.
Roberta (Bobbie) Morkin (Director of Music) was born in Iowa and raised on a farm in a galaxy far, far away from anything or anyone. Bobbie began studying music at age 8 and has worked with keyboards and choirs ever since. She lived in England for two years; one year working at a Lutheran Retreat Centre; and another year working with a University Study Abroad Program. Bobbie graduated from Luther College with degrees in Music (Organ Performance/Choral) and Studio Art. She did advanced study at the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa, in Music Performance and Art History. After moving to Massachusetts she attended Andover Newton Theological School and was then drawn back to music, her calling and life-center. In 2015 she returned to musical study, and in 2018 earned her MA in Music (Organ Performance) from the City University of New York, Hunter College. Most recently Bobbie served as Organist/Choir Director for 12 years at the United Congregational Church, Holyoke; and as part of the pastoral team there with her husband, Chuck, for 14 years. She loves New England and feels at home in the hills and mountains of this beautiful place on the planet.
Susan Dentzau (Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper) Has joined our staff in March of 2022. Susan is a longtime resident of Hampden and formerly worked at the Law School and College of Arts and Sciences at Western New England University.
Eric True (Custodian) can be found in the church building taking care of the facility. If there's a job to be done within the church, Eric's friendly face can be found looking after it.