Florence Congregational Church
Friday, May 26, 2017
A Place to Connect

“And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy 
and to walk humbly with your God.”
(Micah 6:8, NIV)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart 
and with all your soul and with all your mind…
Love your neighbor as yourself.” 
(Matthew 22:37-38, NIV)


Reverend Dr. Irven A. Gammon (Pastor Irv) has been the pastor at Florence Congregational Church since September 16, 2005. Formerly, he served as student minister at the Warren Congregational Church in Warren, Maine and then in the Rockland Congregational Church in Rockland, Maine. In 2001, he became Associate Minister at the Rockland Church. In 2003, Pastor Irv received a B.A. in Christian Traditions from St. Joseph’s College in Standish, Maine and a Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary. The two above scripture passages guide our Pastor's faith journey and ministry. 

Prior to pursuing a ministerial vocation Pastor Irv had worked 20 years in building construction, co-owning and operating Gammon Bros Construction, a family business in Maine. Pastor Irv believes there is a great need today for religious education and training for youth and adults alike. He enjoys visitation and feels that preaching provides an opportunity to expound upon the Word of God within the context of community life today, seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit for discernment and engagement as Christ' agents of peace. Pastor Irv brings enthusiasm and a fresh outlook on the role of FCC in Florence and the greater community. One of his goals is to move FCC into the future with new vision and strategy to share God’s Word with an ever-changing world.

Pastor Irv and his wife Brenda have been married for 32 years and have two children, Katherine who has 3 children and Jessica who received a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education in 2007.


Pastor's Corner


Church Office Manager

Louise Westcott is excited to be serving in a new role starting May 2017. Louise and her husband David live in Westfield with their lovely birds. Pop into the office to say hello!!


Nadine Shank is Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano at UMass Amherst and is Principal Pianist with the Springfield Symphony. Talented and dedicated, Nadine has been the organist at Florence Congregational for four years.
She made her concert debut at age fifteen, performing the Prokofiev Concerto No. 1 with the World Youth Orchestra of Interlochen, MI. Other awards include MTNA, Mason and Hamlin, National Federation of Music Clubs, Oberlin Conservatory’s Rudolph Serkin and Pi Kappa Lambda Piano Prizes and Indiana University’s (Bloomington) Concerto Competition.. She has performed at the Phillips Collection, Jordan Hall, Tsang Performance Center, Weill Hall, Symphony Space, Merkin Hall, 92 Street Y, Blossom, Monadnack Music, Mohawk Trail Festivals, and with the Lark String Quartet, She soloed with the West Point Band in “Rhapsody in Blue.” Ms. Shank's performances have been recorded on the CRI, Gaspari, MRS (“Calls and Echoes” and “The End of the Matter” with Eric Berlin, trumpet), Centaur (“American-Jewish Art Songs “ and “I Have Taken an Oath to Remember” with Paulina Stark, soprano) New World, Spectrum, YAL (“Nadine Shank Performs Sonata No. 2 by Yusef Lateef) labels, and “Playback” with members of the West Point Military Band. 

Senior Music Director

Matthew Chastain, FCC's music director, is finishing his studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studying Vocal Performance with Professor William Hite.  He sings with the UMass Chamber Choir and Opera Workshop. Aside from music, he is a frequent hiker and an avid soccer fan.  Matt is originally from Vernon, NJ but now resides in Sunderland.



Community Outreach Director

Rebecca Flinker is a 2015 graduate from Hope College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music. Becca is thrilled to teach the Florence Junior Choir (Thursdays at 6:30pm) and help organize and promote FCC events like the semi-annual Concert Series (April 28th and June 9th at 6:30pm). She also works in Shutesbury as a long-term substitute Music Teacher. Contact her (rebecca.flinker@gmail.com) for more information about upcoming events or to ask questions about the website and Facebook page.
Learn more about her work with the Junior Choir                                                      
                                                                                                    Photo Credit: Jessica Picard

Florence Congregational Church • 130 Pine Street, Florence, Massachusetts 01062 • 413.584.1325

Pastor Irv
Pastor Irv and Brenda