The Rev. Dr. Mary E. Westfall
Pastor Mary has been the Senior Minister here at Community Church since 1999. Prior to joining us, Mary was the Executive Director of the United Campus Ministry and Chaplain to UNH for 11 years. She was Associate Pastor at West Park Presbyterian Church in New York City. Mary holds Bachelor’s Degrees in history and political science from Sterling College, graduated from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and received a Ph.D degree from the University of New Hampshire. Mary is married to Dale Rasmussen. They have two children: Emma, a recent college graduate servicing a mission project in Peru, and a son, Zach, who is in the midst of his college years.
Dianne Thompson is our new Business Administrator, working with the Stewards in taking care of our financial needs. Dianne Thompson is a retired educational computer specialist. Most recently she worked in the Exeter School District. She enjoys gardening and you may frequently find her out tending the Friendship Garden by the upper parking lot entrance. She also enjoys quilting, cooking, and reading. Dianne and her family moved to Durham in 1974 and she has been a member of the church for over 40 years. She has three children and five grandchildren. She welcomes any questions or concerns you have.
She can be reached by email at
Catherine is a New Hampshire native and three time winner of the Granite State Piano Competition (1981, 1983, 1984). She is a 1988 graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and a winner in the New England Conservatory Honors Piano Competition (1988). Catherine was a semi finalist in the Stravinsky Awards International Piano Competition in 1989, and won the Commonwealth Competition for Young Pianists in 1991. She was the Guest Composer at Cornell University Center For Theatre Arts in Ithaca, NY where she was also assistant choirmaster at Sage Chapel. In 1992 she was one of four national finalists in the Chicago Club of Women Organists Competition. Catherine was the Resident Music Director and Director of Music Education at the Beck Center for the Arts in Cleveland, Ohio before returning to NH 2003. In 2005 her piano trio won the Chamber Music Foundation of New England's International Chamber Ensemble Competition and performed at Carnegie Hall. Catherine also teaches piano at her studio in her home in Barrington, where she lives with her fiancée Lloyd and their five children.
Audrey and her husband, Dennis are originally from New York and have been part of Community Church for over fifteen years. Audrey has served on the Christian Education Cabinet, Diaconate and Nominating Committee. Dennis is an active member of the Gallery Committee, and has also served on the Board of Stewards and Nominating Committee. They have two grown children, Melanie and Nathaniel.
She can be reached by e-mail here:
Clark Williams is our new Building Director, responsible for coordinating building repairs with our Warden Team, Stewards, and outside contractors. Clark lives in Durham, and has two daughters who live in New Hampshire with their families. He is retired from a career in the Hazardous Waste Remediation Field, where he worked in varying management capacities. Currently he sits on an Institutional Review Board which convenes weekly in Newburyport, MA. The board is a federally regulated entity with a mandate to review biomedical and behavioral research studies. For the past seven years he has also worked part-time at the Ohana Family Camp, located in Fairlee, Vermont and operated by The Aloha Foundation, a non-profit organization with a 100+ year history.
Nick and Lindsay Lanzer
Lindsay grew up in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts and moved to New Hampshire in 2003 to attend UNH. She is now a fourth-grade teacher for the Sanborn school district. Nick grew up right here in Durham and attended Oyster River. He is currently studying Forestry at UNH. Nick and Lindsay met while living in Dover, and were married in 2012. Most weekends, Nick and Lindsay can be found in the White Mountains hiking with their dog, Piper.