Our Minister and Staff
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 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.
Mary Beth Courtright, Music Director
Mary Beth began playing the piano and organ as a child, taking lessons privately with Teresa Newman and at the Oberlin College Conservatory. By age 9 she was playing organ and singing for daily, Sunday and special services in her church. Mary Beth earned her degree in Music Performance from Capital University in OH, where she studied organ with William Haller, and piano with Verena Dambrans and Bela Szilagyi.
Prior to joining First Parish in Cohasset, Mary Beth was a substitute organist for numerous churches and denominations in MA, the organist at High Street UMC and, most recently, the Music Director at First Church in Pembroke where she selected music to coordinate with the liturgical theme of each service, played the piano and organ and directed the adult choir.
Mary Beth sang for many seasons with The Harbor Choral Arts Society in Hanover, the Mystic Chorale in Arlington, and currently sings with the Fine Arts Chorale in Weymouth. In addition, she has accompanied musical groups in OH, PA and MA, the Opera Workshop in Columbus, OH, elementary and high school choirs, and vocal and instrumental soloists.
Mary Beth is passionate about the transformative power of music and how it can enhance the worship service and enrich the spiritual experience of the congregation. She encourages amateur and professional musicians in the parish and wider community to participate in the many musical opportunities available in the church.
Administration & Operations
Patty Mycroft, Congregational Administrator
Patty joined us in September 2021 with a diverse background in healthcare including human resources, fundraising, homecare, and holistic health. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration from Stonehill College. Patty is a multi-tasker of many roles here at First Parish ensuring the smooth functioning of church operations and lending administrative support to the Carriage House Nursery School, as well. As a current holistic health practitioner and freelance writer, Patty is used to wearing different hats and prioritizing all responsibilities. Her motto is “Be that kind soul who makes everybody feel like a somebody!”