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.

Contact Rev. Gary at 857-600-1282 or

Rev. Mike Clark

recovery outreach

The first 20 years of Mike’s ministry were spent in full-time peace and justice work. In the 1970s he served on the staff of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility of the National Council of Churches. In the 1970s and 80s he was Co-Coordinator of the Riverside Church Disarmament Program, working with the late William Sloane Coffin, Jr. During and following the contra war in Nicaragua Mike worked on the staff of Witness for Peace, including three years as Executive Director of their program in the US and Central America. On nine different occasions, he has been a Study Leader in Regional and Conference Schools of Christian Mission on peace and justice themes. Our Watertown site hosts more than twenty 12-step programs on a weekly basis, and working with people in recovery is a significant part of Mike’s current ministry there. Working as an ally to those battling addiction, Mike has learned the relevance of the Twelve Steps for Everyone. He lives in Watertown with his wife, the Rev. Christine Elliott, and their cats. 

Contact Mike at 617-926-2931 or

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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Jocelyn Milton

Office Manager

Jocelyn Milton is a life-long member of BWUMC, and after being a stay-at-home mom she is excited to be working in the church office.

Contact Jocelyn at or 857-600-1282