Our Pastor and Staff

Rev. Rodney Dobbs

Our Pastor is, Rev. Rodney Dobbs.

Rodney grew up in Ackerman, Mississippi and graduated from college at Mississippi State University.

After moving to New England in 1991, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA.

Rodney previously served as pastor of the United Methodist Churches in Leominster, MA, Hillsborough, NH, Pittsburg, NH and Canaan, VT.

His hobbies include reading, playing a variety of sports, hiking, biking and enjoying time with his family.

pastor rdoney dobbs

Rodney resides at our parsonage in Brewster with his wife Shelley and daughter Brynn. Rodney & Shelley also have two sons, Mason who is a carpenter in Leominster, MA and Cashman who is starting Army basic training at Fort Benning, GA this summer.

Office Manager

Mary Jane (MJ) Ryan is our Office Manager

MJ resides in West Dennis. Originally from Boston, she made the move to Cape Cod 20 plus years ago because years of visiting for only the summer was not enough.

MJ brings over 20 years of experience in office management including finance, human resources and real estate.

MaryJane Ryan

She holds a degree in accounting, is a certified Veterinary Assistant and is currently completing her Veterinary Technician Degree.

MJ loves to cook, read and travel. She is very passionate about the care and treatment of animals and has 2 cats named Dooley & Finbar. 
“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”

Financial Administrator

Ann Berg

Ann Berg is our Financial Administrator

She grew up in the suburbs of Boston where she married her sweetheart, Ken. Together they moved to Beverly and then to Peabody, Massachusetts where they had their 5 beautiful daughters. While living in Peabody, they opened a bakery, The Teahouse Floreal.

They often vacationed on the Cape and fell in love with it. When they decided to retire in 2001, they came to Cape Cod!

Together, Ken and Ann enjoy playing golf, listening to the Symphony and enjoying the local performing arts. Over the years they have been blessed with 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.

Soon after Ann arrived to the Cape, she started her position here at Northside. She loves coming here and seeing all the wonderful people living the word of the Lord.

Ann says, “This is my piece of heaven on earth”.

Church Organist

Janet Golden has been the Organist for Northside for over 25 years and is an active member of our church family.

She plans and coordinates the music program for the worship services, including soloists and instrumentalists.

Janet has two lovely roommates who are of the feline fashion named Abilene and Bruce.

She loves to read and each time you see her, she has a smile on her face!

Janet Golden

Her favorite hobby is knitting, where she makes wonderful creations, and she also serves as a volunteer for Northside’s Nursing Home Ministry, bringing the joy of music to the monthly communion services.

Choir Director

Jill Brennan is a founding member of Northside and has been involved in the music program for 35 plus years!

She resides in Dennis with her husband Paul.

They have three grown children and are now actively involved with their seven grandchildren.

She enjoys selecting the musical pieces that the choir sings and is deeply appreciative of the choir’s commitment to the music program at Northside.

Jill enjoys playing duets with Janet and playing the keyboard for the beach services.

She composed the “Northside Benediction” and is honored that so many people have been touched by its message.


Craig Dimock, a church member, is the man behind the scenes who works diligently and effectively at maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of our church.

Craig also plays the guitar and sometimes performs for us in worship, he is very talented!

Craig also has two children, a little girl named Carly who is very active in our Sunday School Program and a son who is in his first year of college. Sometimes they even come help Dad clean and beautify the church!

Craig Dimock

Nursery Attendant

We are currently in search of our next Nursery Attendant. 

Interested? Contact northsideumc.office@gmail.com for further details. 

Pastor Emeritus

Born in Indiana, Dr. Fred Yarger was educated at The University of Evansville and received his Masters of Divinity Degree from Boston University School of Theology and a Doctrate from Andover-Newton Theological School. 

He retired from Northside UMC in 2000 after 45 years of Ministry in the New England Annual Conference.  He serves as coordinator of Helping Hands and the Katrina Mission Team. He also teaches and preaches occasionally.

Pastor Fred’s passion is traveling with his lovely wife Barbara, who worked as a Registered Nurse for 20 years. They have been to 65 countries all across the world! Pastor Fred and Barbara reside in South Dennis.

Dr. Fred Yarger