Meet Our Staff

The Reverend Doctor Deborah Roof


Pastor Deborah is a warm, enthusiastic, outgoing person who is full of great energy to do God’s work. Deborah believes whole-heartedly in honoring the faith of our parents and grandparents as we speak the language of our children and grandchildren – moving boldly into God’s future together.

After teaching 19 years of French and Spanish for a living, Pastor Deborah answered God’s Call to enter ministry. She is convinced that she is called to preach the love of God, to teach the sacred stories of our faith ancestors, and to bring the Bible to life in our times. Pastor Deborah grew up a Methodist and spent 14 years as a Presbyterian, before being led to the United Church of Christ.

Pastor Deborah graduated from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School in 2003 with a Masters of Divinity. She earned a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary in 2009. Upon graduation from Colgate Rochester Crozer Deborah served as Chaplain at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY for the next 12 months. In the summer of 2004 she was called to serve as bridge Interim Pastor at Mountain Rise United Church of Christ near Rochester. In November of that year, she was called as Pastor of Lakeville United Church of Christ, a community she faithfully loved and served for 7 ½ years. Pastor Deborah was ordained by Genesee Valley Association, New York Conference on May 15, 2005. In April 2012 Deborah was called to serve as Interim Pastor of the Downtown United Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY.

Weaving together liturgy, scriptures and music seem to be God’s gift to Pastor Deborah, fulfilling her passion and earnest desire to create meaningful worship services. She delivers thought provoking and creative sermons. As a visionary leader with an endless supply of ideas, energy, projects, programs and ministry, Pastor Deborah loves to work collaboratively with others.

Deborah’s spouse, Liz Greenberg, is her soul mate and a huge supporter of her ministry. They have four adult daughters and two grandchildren. They enjoy cycling, hiking, bird watching, theater, and camping.

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Stephanie Berg Christian Education Director at First Parish Church, E. Derry NH

Stephanie Berg

Christian Education Director

Stephanie joined the FPC team in April 2023.  She has been a member of the church since 2019.  Stephanie has always been drawn to teaching, even at an early age.  She has a Bachelor’s in Human Development specializing in Elementary Education.

After the pandemic, Stephanie was looking to use her education background in a faith-based way and has found a nice fit in the roll of Christian Education Director.  She is a caring person and an organized planner.

Stephanie and her husband Jon have two delightful children. Their children love coming to church and helping out wherever they can.  In the summer, they enjoy going camping and biking as a family.

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Suzanne Finocchiaro, Office Manager at First Parish Church, E. Derry NH

Suzanne Finocchiaro

Office Manager

Suzanne joined us at FPC in December of 2023.  She lives in Hampstead with her husband John and their golden retriever Amber.

Suzanne and John have 2 daughters.  Their daughter Mackenzie is married and living in Keene, NH.  Their daughter Madison is living in San Diego.

Suzanne was born and raised in NH and most recently worked at Hampstead Congregational Church.  Suzanne believes strongly in community volunteering and has held many roles in local non-profit organizations.

Suzanne enjoys lake life, walking, cross stitching, card crafting, scrapbooking and going out to eat.

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