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.
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.
Lay Leader Jan Urquhart
Jan Urquhart is Northside’s Lay Leader.
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.
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 and a dog named Kenny Chesney.
“Be the reason someone believes in the goodness of people.”
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”.
Director of Music Ministry
Northside is pleased to announce that
Dr. Gary Mazzola will be our new
Director of Music Ministry.
Gary’s background is in Education and Music. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Education Cum-Laude- Music Education, a Master of Arts in Educational Administration and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration.
His music background is extensive. He has held positions from Music Supervisor in the Norfolk, MA. Public Schools, to Director of Music/Organist for the Federated Church of Norfolk for over 32 years. Since 2013, he has been the Interim Director of Music & Substitute Organist/Choir Director at Immaculate Conception Parish in North Easton. He is responsible for weekly worship music (organist) and overall program development through choir(s), special music, and performing ensembles for adults and children He is leaving that position as well as retiring as Superintendent of Schools at Ashburnham-Westminster Regional School to relocate to Cape Cod.
Welcome Gary. We are fortunate and blessed to add you to the Northside Family!
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!
Tala Schonning is our Nursery Attendant
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.