Confirmation Coordinators


Rev. Matt Carriker and Rev. Katherine Blaisdell have teamed up to co-coordinate our 2019-2020 retreats.

 

Matt is an ordained Christian minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC), and also an author, spiritual coach, and retreat leader. Matt is the Pastor and Spiritual Director of Agape Spiritual Community, a new UCC church start in Waltham, Massachusetts. He has a passion for altering Christianity today into a spiritual tradition that models the unconditional love of God and the life and teachings of Jesus and is currently finalizing a book entitled “Giving Christianity back to Love.”

In addition to pastoring at Agape, Matt is the Protestant Chaplain at Brandeis University, and co-facilitates confirmation, youth retreats, and adult spiritual formation retreats through the Together as One Conference (Southern NE Conference) UCC. Prior to starting Agape,  he served as the Program Director of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries’ Interfaith Youth Initiative (IFYI) program, and as the Associate Pastor at the Eliot Church of South Natick, MA.

 

 

Rev. Katherine Blaisdell is a minister and communications coach who works with leaders in business, church, and nonprofit to communicate with clarity and conviction. With degrees in public administration and divinity, Katherine offers a unique perspective on teaching, helping people identify their core strengths and tell their stories with authenticity and force. 

 

In addition to one-on-one coaching, Katie has given keynotes and led workshops on topics including economics and religion; giving and receiving feedback effectively; gender identity and diversity; and storytelling as evangelism. Her teaching communities have ranged from small church groups to the Harvard Kennedy School and the UN Universidad Para la Paz. She has been leading confirmation retreats since 2017 and church camps since 2002.

 

Katie has lived in Texas, Indiana, California, Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Washington, D.C. She now lives outside Worcester, Massachusetts, the fastest-growing city in New England and among the most diverse, where she and her wife are helping raise a cadre of active nephews.

Matt and Katie lead a team of  7-8 facilitators that combine their skills and talents to implement the program theme at each retreat. Normally 3 facilitators are at each retreat rotating their schedule throughout the program year.