Bellarosa will stay on the staff through the June 18 Annual Meeting, at which time she will transition to the Wellesley Hills Congregational Church in Wellesley, MA, as their administrator.
“The experience the Conference has offered me over the past 12 years has been invaluable. I have learned so much more than I ever thought I would about relationship building, the UCC, and faith,” Bellarosa said. “Although I am excited for the next step in my journey, I will miss my colleagues and all of the clergy and lay members of the Conference that I have had the pleasure of interacting with.”
Bellarosa started working for the historic Massachusetts Conference in 2010 as program support for the Southeast Area and the Pastoral Excellence Program. At various times, she also worked as an accounting clerk and as program support for the Together We Thrive program. And, as program support for clergy development, she became instrumental in planning Super Saturdays, clergy communities of practice and other programs. When the new Conference staff structure was put into place, she took on the role of Events Coordinator.
"In planning for the 2nd and 3rd Annual Meetings, and virtual Super Saturdays in 2021 and 2022, I have watched Andrea grow into the role of full-time Events Coordinator for the Southern New England Conference," said Rev. Dr. Audrey Price, Executive Minister for Strategic Operations. "Working with the staff, the many volunteers from this Conference and the Senior Leadership Team, Andrea has been a focal point and adaptive leader as SNEUCC has organized transformative events during a challenging time of dual pandemics—COVID and systemic racial injustice."
"I am grateful for her leadership and support. She leaves a foundation upon which the next Events Coordinator will build and flourish as we envision, organize and implement Conference-wide events that are pastoral and prophetic," she said. "The Administrator position at Wellesley Hills Congregational Church is an excellent fit for Andrea in this season of her life and career. I pray blessings upon her transition, trusting she will land well."