Rev. Rachel Manke, Pastor
Pastor Rachel is originally from Southeastern Connecticut. She graduated from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia with her Masters of Divinity in 2012.
Pastor Manke is a 2001 graduate of the University of Rhode Island where she earned a Bachelors in Communication. Prior to seminary, Rachel worked in New York in television and then worked in sports marketing for a pro ball team.
Pastor Rachel loves her native New England and especially the Boston area. She is active in the ukulele community in the Boston metro area. She loves performing with her ukulele, reading, writing and spending time out in creation.
Dr. Yun Lee, Music Director
Yun is a native of Philadelphia, PA, received her Bachelor’s degree in Music and History from Swarthmore College, where she studied piano with Harvey Wedeen and Charles Abramovic. She recently finished her dissertation on Olivier Messiaen’s song cycle, Poemes pour Mi, and received a Doctoral of Musical Arts degree in Collaborative Piano from Boston University. Yun was a Lang Music Scholar at Swarthmore and received consecutive Merit Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships from BU.
Yun has participated in the AppleHill Festival for Chamber Music and the ARt of Song Festival in Salzbury, Austria, and she performs regularly as a chamber musician and song recitalist throughout the New England Area. Along with her ministry at First Lutheran as Music director, she is a faculty member at the Winchester Community School of Music and the Performing Arts Center of Metrowest in Framingham. She has taught Music Theory at Boston University as well.
Mrs. Annette D’Onofrio, Office Administrator
Annette is a Malden local who is active in the community in a variety of ways. She arrived at First Lutheran in 2005 and helped to establish a faithful, friendly, and approachable presence in the daily life of the ministry. She brings with her care and concern for Malden and it’s community along with passion for connecting the congregation to the that wider community and aiding us to be in service to those in need. She is the friendly voice you hear when you call the office during office hours and she will be will do whatever you need to answer your questions and get the information you need. When not in the office of First, you can find her at her kid’s soccer games, dance recitals and the like. You also might find her making her unique and beautiful candles or other creative creations!