Rev. Linda Simmons, Minister
Rev. Edward B. Anderson, Minister Emeritus
Nigel Goss, Music Director
Sue Mynttinen, Meeting House Administrator
Leyah Jensen, Children & Youth Program Director
Bridgett Bloise-Smith, Sexton
REV. LINDA SIMMONS
Rev. Linda Simmons began her ministry at the Unitarian Meeting House in July of 2013.
After graduating from Harvard Divinity School, Rev. Simmons was ordained into the ministry in May of 2013 at First Church Boston where she served as ministerial intern for two years and also as summer minister. Additionally, she served as junior youth and “Coming of Age” coordinator at First Religious Society in Carlisle, Massachusetts.
Prior to entering the ministry, Linda held a variety of positions in adult and secondary education, and was the senior manager for a program in New Hampshire for 12 years that worked with at risk youth. She attended The New Seminary in New York City and has a B.A. in economics and a minor in philosophy from the University of NH and a Masters of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. Linda's daughter lives and works in Vermont as a Business Farm Manager.
Rev. Simmons now lives on Nantucket with her husband, retired professional photographer Gary Langley. Rev. Simmons has traveled extensively and has lived abroad in India, Germany, France, Spain,Portugal and the Netherlands.
To learn more about Rev. Linda’s sabbatical to Nepal and India in Feb-April 2018 go to her blog at http://nepalindiadotblog.wordpress.com
Visit nantucketweddingminister.com to learn more about Rev. Linda.
In September 2019, Nigel Goss was hired as Music Director. Nigel brings a wide range of music and musical experience to the Meeting House music program. He has been a keyboard player and bassist in every kind of ensemble from reggae bands to jazz combos to classical orchestras, and has a vast love and appreciation for all facets of music and musicality.
In addition to his role at the Meeting House, he teaches music at the Nantucket Community Music Center and the Nantucket Lighthouse School, and can be found performing at various venues all over the island. He brings his love of all kinds of music to the Meeting House and strives for vibrant and eclectic presentations, and collaborates with musicians in the church community as well as guest musicians from the island community.
Meeting House Administrator
Sue Mynttinen joined the team in January 2020 in the role of Office Manager and Events Coordinator. Prior to moving to Nantucket, she spent several years working in Development Research at Brandeis University and completed her MBA in Mission Driven Management. Sue moved to Nantucket in 2013 and has held positions in several non-profits that serve to enhance the life of those who live on and visit Nantucket. She is passionate about serving the community with her administrative skills and dry sense of humor. When she’s not at the (virtual) Meeting House, Sue also serves as the Director of Addiction and Substance Misuse Prevention Programs for NAMI on Nantucket.
Leyah Jensen Marshall
Children and Youth Program Director
Leyah Jensen Marshall holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Honors degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Studies in fine art have taken her worldwide, from acclaimed institutions like the Danish Design School and Pacific Northwest College of Art; to Artist Residencies in India, Haiti, and Nepal. She is the recipient of distinguished awards ranging from a National Gold Medal in Art & Design (VICA) to New York Book Show 1st place winner and #1 bestselling pop-ups (New York Times). Locally she is a recipient of the Chase Plein-Air Award, and enjoys sharing her broad fluency in art mediums through teaching while working as a fine artist and children's book creator in Nantucket.