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Leadership Team

Carmen Aldinger, Jeff Carnes, Tom DeVol, Harold Jones, Doris Kellom, Rosalind Picard, Dan Romaine, Hope Straughan, Beatrice Yankey






Rev. Dr. Garrett Smith
Phone: 617.332.9255 ext. 3
Read Garrett’s Bio

My wife Nici and I are the parents of three wonderful children, Daliya, Zachary, and Ilana. I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, and my wife comes from the country of Namibia in Southern Africa.  I have a Doctor of Ministry and Masters of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and a Bachelor of Arts in Business/Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.   I was raised Jewish, and became a believer in Jesus while I was living in Israel about twenty years ago.  We raise our children in both the Jewish and Christian worlds as my wife is also a Jewish believer in Jesus. Both my wife and I served as missionaries with Jews for Jesus for twelve years. Here is a link to an apologetic/pastoral video blog I started recently (  and an article I had published on marriage entitled:  Commitment: The Path to Finding Shalom in Marriage.    I am also the teaching elder at a local Messianic Jewish Fellowship that meets the First Friday of each month at NPC (

Read how I became a believer in Jesus – “Jewish Buddhist finds Jesus”

Favorite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis

Favorite Quote: “ We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us.” – C.S. Lewis

Favorite Food: Love ethnic food – Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican, you name it, I will eat it.

Favorite Ice Cream: Dastardly Mash – Ben and Jerry’s stopped making it about 10-15 years ago, and I still have not recovered.

Favorite Singer(s)/Band(s): James Taylor, Gypsy Kings

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Basketball and Playing with my kids

Favorite Sports Team(s):  Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox

Favorite Drink(s): Milk Shake, Coconut Water, Lassi

Nate Grimley
Director of Student Ministries
Phone: 617.332.9255 ext. 5






Jessica Kelley
Director of Administration
Director of Traditional Music Ministries
Phone: 617.332.9255 ext. 0
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Jessica earned her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance at Gordon College, Wenham, MA in 2002.  She lives in Newton with her husband, Dan and their 2 foster children.

Favorite Book(s):(other than the Bible) Prayer and the Art of Volkswagen Maintenance by Donald Miller, Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Favorite Food: Indian, Italian, Mexican

Favorite Movie(s): Adventures in Babysitting, Beaches, Finding Nemo

Favorite Ice Cream: Chocolate with spoonful of peanut butter mixed in

Favorite Singer(s)/Band(s): U2, Switchfoot (older stuff), Lionel Richie, Keith Green, Renee Fleming, Dietrich Fischer Diskau, Heart, Christy Nockels

Favorite Outdoor Activities: hiking, biking, swinging, exploring

Favorite Sports Team(s): Red Sox, Patriots, Cubs

Favorite Game(s): Scrabble, hopscotch

Favorite Website(s):,







John Harutunian
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Dr. John is the author of Haydn’s and Mozart’s Sonata Styles: A Comparison (Edwin Mellen Press).  His publications have also appeared in Westwind: UCLA’s Journal of the Arts, and in The Journal of Musicological Research. John has taught at Bridgewater State College, Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His performances as a recitalist in the Boston area include concerts at the New England Conservatory with musicians from the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  He has also recorded four CDs.  John is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music.







Nici Smith
Director of Women’s Ministries and Community Life
Phone: 617-332-9255 ext. 4
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Nici Smith, Director of Women’s Ministries and Community Life

Nici was born in the country of Namibia.  Her Jewish Grandparents came to Southern Africa having fled the Holocaust, and Nici became a believer in Jesus when she was sixteen.  Nici, her mother, and her grandparents actually all became believers in Jesus in the same year. Nici is married to Garrett (who is also on staff) and is the mother of three children, Zach, Daliya, and Ilana. Garrett and Nici served together as missionaries with Jews for Jesus for twelve years.  Here at Newton Pres, Nici is in charge of the Mom Connection and the Thursday morning Bible study as well as overseeing all the Women’s ministries, small groups, fellowship and hospitality.

Favorite Book(s):(other than the Bible) Life Together – Dietrich Boenhoffer

Favorite Quote: “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Favorite Food: Thai

Favorite TV Show(s) TV only came to my country when I was 13 so honestly I don’t watch any TV. I just never get into it.

Favorite Movie(s): Nowhere in Africa, Sarafina

Favorite Ice Cream: Mint.

Favorite Singer(s)/Band(s): Chris Tomlin

Favorite Outdoor Activities: Walking along the Charles River, chasing my kids around

Favorite Cereal(s): You can’t get it here, it’s an African cereal called matabella pap

Favorite Sports Team(s): The Red Sox

Favorite Drink(s): Chai Latte


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Kim MacLeod
Director of Children’s Ministries
Phone: 617.332.9255 ext. 706







Victoria Melvin
Director of the preschool, PCNS
Phone: 617.332.9255 ext. 6