The Reverend Will Vaus, Senior Pastor

Will was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and grew up in La Jolla, California. He is the son of Jim Vaus, former organized crime wiretapper who came to personal faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of Billy Graham in 1949. Will holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of California at San Diego and a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served churches in California, the Carolinas, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Vermont before coming to the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth in 2020. Will is the author of fourteen books including: Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis and My Father Was a Gangster: The Jim Vaus Story. He and his wife, Becky, have been married since 1988 and have three grown sons: James, Jon, and Josh. Will’s favorite Bible passage is found in Ephesians 3:14-21.

June Davidson, Organist

June has been an organist at the First Congregational Church of Yarmouth since the late 1970s.  Growing up in Braintree, music was a very important part of her life.  She took piano lessons for nine years, sang in the school chorus, and sometimes accompanied the chorus.  In her mid-teens, June became a member of the senior choir at the First Congregational Church of Braintree.  It was at church she was introduced to the organ.  She took four years of lessons at First Church Braintree while attending Boston University.  In 1964 she took a break from the organ to marry and start a family on Cape Cod.  At First Church Yarmouth, she once again started organ lessons and to this day still takes lessons.

June is married to Dan Davidson, retired Minister of Visitation at First Church.  They have two daughters, three granddaughters, and one grandson.  She loves baking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Her favorite scripture is 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love.”

Melodi Southworth, Choir Director

A fifth generation Cape Codder, Melodi developed a love for singing as a young woman after just one rehearsal with a choir.  She attended the University of Massachusetts and Cape Cod Community College, earning a degree as a registered nurse.  

Passionate throughout the years about choral repertoire, Melodi has acted as a soloist/section leader in many local churches.  She has sung extensively in community choruses and was the director of the children’s choir at the Orleans Federated Church.  She is currently the music director of the 85-voice Mid Cape Chorus in addition to serving as choir director here at First Church.  Melodi has been with the church since 2002.

Melodi is the mother of three grown sons and the grandmother of four.  Her interests include animals of all kinds, literature, and gardening.  She lives in Brewster together with her two cats and two labs.

Her favorite biblical passage is Solomon 2:10-12“Arise and come away for behold, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth and the time for singing has come."

Dianne Lyons, Administrator

Dianne joined us in 2017 as our Administrator. Formerly of Wilbraham, MA, Dianne served as Church Administrator for the First Church of Monson, Congregational/UCC, for six years; worked as Public Relations Coordinator for Wilbraham United Church; and founded that church’s very successful Thrift Shop in 2009. Dianne has also worked as a freelance writer/photographer for the Springfield Republican and has authored two books.

Dianne has two grown children: Kristina, an aspiring screenwriter in Los Angeles, and Scott, a Certified Financial Planner/Trainer in Raleigh, NC; a beautiful and talented daugher-in-law, and three delightful grandchildren. Dianne, her sweetheart Bill, and their aptly named cat Sassy are living the Cape Cod dream in Yarmouth Port.

Matthew 17:20: Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”




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