Rev. Gary Richards


Pastor Gary is a lifelong Methodist beginning in the East Longmeadow United Methodist Church where he was baptized, confirmed and affirmed to enter the process of becoming an ordained minister. Prior to entering the ordained ministry Pastor Gary served for a year as a VISTA volunteer in Vermont and three years as Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, South America. After returning from the Peace Corps in 1982  he worked for 15 years as a welfare rights advocate and community organizer.

Prior to joining the Belmont-Watertown UMC staff Pastor Gary served three years as a student pastor in West Springfield, MA and 19 years in ordained ministry in Worcester, MA (9) and East Hartford, CT (10).  Currently Gary is the President of the Board of Directors of New England Justice of Our Neighbors an immigration justice ministry of hospitality, advocacy and free legal services.

Pastor Gary is a graduate of Norwich University and Andover New Theological School. Gary’s wife Faye is a Legal Services attorney in Worcester, MA and his three adult children are Paloma, Joshua and Shira. In his spare time Pastor Gary trains for long distance trail races throughout New England, hangs out with his best Beagle buddy Romeo and spoils his baby grandson Maverick.

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Yilin You

Music Director

Yilin You holds a doctorate in piano performance from Michigan State University. She currently teaches piano at the Concord Conservatory of Music, where she has been since 2006. Her church experience includes four years as pianist/organist and handbell choir director at University Baptist Church in East Lansing, Michigan, and three years as pianist/organist at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bastrop Texas. She lives in Medford with her husband Paul, a pianist, and their daughter Saffron.

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Office Manager

Contact the office at or 857-600-1282