Ministry & Programs

Robert W. McKetchnie

The Reverend Robert W. McKetchnie has served as Minister at First Parish in Cohasset since August of 2016. In April of 2018 he was called by a unanimous vote of the congregation and in a service on September 30, 2018 he was installed as the 20th settled minister since Nehemiah Hobart in 1721.

Reverend Bob, as we all know him here, was born in the Bronx, New York, but his family moved to Jamaica Plain in Boston when he was ten months old. He is the seventh of eleven children. Bob received a Bachelor of Science and Art in business management at Northeastern University and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School in 2000. He has been serving churches in Massachusetts and Rhode Island for eighteen years, first as a settled minister Medfield for ten years and then as interim minister in East Greenwich, RI, and Attleboro and Fair Haven, MA.

Tracey Newman, Director of Religious Education.

Tracey Newman, DRE

Tracey lived for many years in Boston, working as an editor for 15 years at Boston’s Weekly Dig, the Reading Language Arts Department at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Educators Publishing Service in Cambridge. She earned a Masters of Education in Library Media at Salem State. Tracey is currently the Library Paraprofessional at Hingham High School, where she has also worked as an English Language Arts Paraprofessional and a long-term substitute English teacher.


Joel Davidson, Interim Music Director and Organist

We were saddened to hear that our Music Director, Luca Antonucci, needs to take some time to resolve a physical condition that has interfered with his playing. The good news is that he expects the condition to be fully resolved and be able to return in his full capacity next fall. In the interim we look forward to the musical talents of Joel Davidson, who will be joining us as interim Music Director.

Joel Davidson, Interim Music Director

Joel studied music at Eastern Nazarene College in Wollaston, Milton Academy, Harvard
University and the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a Quincy native, an attorney,  and high holiday cantor for a synagogue in Saugus.

Joel tell us his first job was as skeeball assistant at Paragon Park in Hull where both his grandparents lived, which is how he built up his arms to play piano and organ!!

“I’m looking forward to serving as interim music director at First Parish Cohasset!”



Luca Antonucci, Music Director and Organist

Luca Antonucci is a graduate of Amherst College with a Masters in Music degree from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford. He teaches music at the Brimmer and May School in Chestnut Hill and has served as Assistant Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony and as the Music Director and Conductor of the Pioneer Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra.
As Music Director, Luca is responsible for all aspects of music at First Parish, including developing music for Sunday services and leading the Adult, Bell and Children’s Choirs.
Luca can be reached at

Administration & Operations

Sandy Bailey and Andrea Walker, Parish Administrators

Sandy and Andrea, or “Sandrea” as they have become known to us, perform secretarial and administrative tasks and anything else needed to keep the church office and the Parish running smoothly. They also provide administrative support for our Carriage House Nursery School.