Metropolitan Boston Association

The Metropolitan Boston Association (MBA) is an association of sixty seven diverse churches, spread over four distinct cities and thirty-five suburbs, all within a twenty-five mile radius.  The Association includes two predominantly African American, one Chinese, one Hispanic, and two Armenian congregations, with potential for expansion within these and in other ethnic groups.  Boston provides rich opportunities for outreach to college students and young working singles, couples, and families.   The approximately 245 clergy with standing include over 91 pastors and associate pastors, over 95 extra parochial clergy and 59 retired clergy.  There are currently 20 candidates for authorized ministry. 


Metropolitan Boston Association Contact Information:
21 Church St.
Winchester, MA 01890
Phone: 781-369-1396


Wendy Vander hartAssociate Conference Minister
The Rev. Wendy Vander Hart
Phone: 781-369-1396

For the Metropolitan Boston Association, Wendy assists with pastoral searches and transitions, provides support for churches and pastors and works with Association committees.


Administrative Assistant
Rubén Bonilla-Santiago

Phone: 781-369-1396

The MBA churches, ministers, and laity are united in a covenantal relationship to proclaim a gospel of reconciliation, to promote a fellowship of mutual concern and commitment, to strengthen our witness and outreach, to invoke and to exemplify the abiding, creative, loving, and transforming spirit of Jesus Christ.  Thirty seven churches are open and affirming.  The MBA is integrally interconnected with the City Mission Society whose programs include crisis relief, issue advocacy, after-school enrichment, and prison outreach.  The Association also values its connections and relations with the United Church of Christ, Andover Newton Theological School, Seafarer’s Friends, the American Congregational Association, the Massachusetts Council of Churches, and the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.

The Association is committed to nurture and to challenge its many candidates for authorized ministry; to support churches and pastors in conflict or transition; to seek greater cooperation and cohesion in the midst of autonomy and separateness; to witness on behalf of open and affirming covenants; to grow spiritually and numerically; to implement new visions for leadership development, evangelism with justice, ministries to younger adults,  and engagement in social media to make God’s love and justice real.



  1. Allin Congregational Church, UCC, Dedham
  2. Armenian Memorial Church, Watertown
  3. Bethany Congregational Church, UCC, Foxboro
  4. Brighton-Allston Congregational United Church of Christ, Boston
  5. Brookline Chinese Christian Church of N.E., Brookline
  6. Centre Congregational Church, UCC, Lynnfield
  7. Church of Christ Congregational, UCC, Millis
  8. Church of the Covenant, Federated, Boston
  9. Congregational Church of Needham, Needham
  10. Covenant Congregational Church of Jamaica Plain, Boston
  11. East Congregational Church, UCC, Milton
  12. Eliot Church of Newton, Newton
  13. Eliot Congregational Church of Roxbury, Boston
  14. First Armenian Church, Belmont
  15. First Church in Cambridge, Cambridge
  16. First Church in Charlestown, UCC, Charlestown
  17. First Church of Christ Congregational, Bedford
  18. First Congregational Church in Melrose, UCC, Melrose
  19. First Congregational Church in Stoneham, Stoneham
  20. First Congregational Church in Winchester, UCC, Winchester
  21. First Congregational Church UCC, Chelsea
  22. First Congregational Church, UCC, Milton
  23. First Congregational Church, UCC, Norwood
  24. First Congregational Church, UCC, Reading
  25. First Congregational UCC, Somerville
  26. First Parish of Westwood, UCC, Westwood
  27. Grace Federated Church, East Boston
  28. Hancock United Church of Christ, Lexington
  29. Hillside Community Church, formerly North Prospect Union UCC, Medford
  30. Hispanic Community Church of Boston, Jamaica Plain, Boston
  31. Hope Central Church, Jamaica Plain, Boston
  32. Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, Melrose Highlands
  33. Memorial Congregational Church UCC, Sudbury
  34. Montvale Congregational Church, Woburn
  35. Mount Vernon Congregational Church, Boston
  36. Mystic Side Congregational Church, UCC, Everett
  37. Newton Highlands Congregational Church, UCC, Newton
  38. North Congregational Church, Woburn
  39. Old South Church in Boston, Boston
  40. Park Avenue Congregational Church, UCC, Arlington
  41. Payson Park Church, UCC, Belmont
  42. Pilgrim Church of Dorchester, Boston
  43. Pilgrim Congregational Church, Lexington
  44. Plymouth Congregational Church of Belmont, Belmont
  45. Roslindale Congregational Church, Boston
  46. Sanctuary United Church of Christ, Medford
  47. Second Congregational Church, Winchester
  48. St. Mark Congregational Church, Roxbury, Boston
  49. Stratford Street United Church, West Roxbury, Boston
  50. The Congregational Church of Weston, Weston
  51. The Dover Church, Dover
  52. The First Parish in Lincoln, Lincoln
  53. The Second Church in Newton, UCC, Newton
  54. The Union Church in Waban (Affiliated), Newton
  55. The United Church of Christ in Medfield, Medfield
  56. Trinitarian Congregational Church, UCC, Concord
  57. Union Congregational Church, UCC, North Reading
  58. Union Congregational Church, UCC, Walpole
  59. United Church in Walpole, Walpole
  60. United Church of Christ, Congregational, Burlington
  61. United Parish of Auburndale, Newton
  62. United Parish of Brookline, Brookline
  63. Wellesley Congregational Church, Wellesley
  64. Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, UCC, Wellesley
  65. West Concord Union Church, Concord