Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd

Minister

Rev. Elizabeth Carrier-Ladd

Rev. Carrier-Ladd began their Ministry at First Parish Dorchester in August 2020.

Rev. Elizabeth is a fourth generation Unitarian Universalist who grew up in the Boston area. As a minister’s kid, they grew up deeply entrenched in church life. As a teenager, she rose to national UU leadership, culminating with service as the Youth Observer to the UUA Board. They studied Theater and Film at Hampshire College and earned her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard. Elizabeth has served congregations in San Diego, CA, Tulsa, OK, Lafayette, IN and Indianapolis, IN. She has found a real sense of purpose in anti-racism work and has been a part of the leadership collective of Allies for Racial Equity for 9 years. Yoga feeds their spirit, leading to sharing this movement meditation as a 200RYT teacher for 5 years. Watching the Red Sox play is also a spiritual practice for her. Their spouse, Seth, is a UU minister and together they raise 4 children: Mira (8), Theo (7), Elias (5) and Phoebe (2). The six Carrier-Ladd humans and two dogs reside in Revere very close to the beach as they all find great meaning and joy in the ocean. 

Rev. Elizabeth can be reached at minister@firstparishdorchester.org

Lucas Gonzalez Milliken

Director of Religious Education

Lucas grew up in the Disciples of Christ denomination in California, and was deeply influenced by his experiences at various church camps as a youth. The communities of faith and exploration that were created there inspired Lucas to serve as a youth leader at a number of Christian churches, as well as to serve as a camp counselor in Northern California for several summers.

In college, Lucas started seeking meaning in many religious traditions, and has a B.A. in Comparative Religion from Chapman University. After college, Lucas worked as a canvasser for Greenpeace, and became interested in people’s movements for environmental, economic, and racial justice. Wanting to explore more ways to bring activism and religious identity together, Lucas enrolled at Union Theological Seminary, where he received a Masters of Divinity in Theology and the Arts in 2012.

Lucas is a dabbling artist in many fields. He plays guitar, banjo and mandolin, enjoys juggling and cartooning, and is currently involved in an improvisational puppet troupe called “Total Feltdown” in Cambridge. He approaches the DRE position with a passion for working with young people, exploring religious identity, engaging in social justice, and lifting up artistic creativity.

Dr. Ana Sorina Popa

Director of Music

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Dr. Popa holds a Ph.D. in Piano Performance from the Boston University School of Music and has performed in many locations in Europe as well as the continental United States. She has worked with us for well over a decade to broaden our music efforts and offer more diverse programming, not only for our Sunday church services but also for the larger community.


John Decius

Office Administrator

John was born in Haiti and migrated to Boston when he was ten years old. He spent his teenage years in Dorchester with both of his parents. His mother would often drag him to church when he was a teenager. He began to grasp the importance of church as he grew older, and he began to enjoy going to church. John enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, including basketball and football, but his favorites are soccer, biking, and swimming. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends when he is not participating in athletic activities.

Horace James

Custodian

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Mr. James hails from Barbados, and now lives in Boston with his family a short walk from the church. He has been assisting in maintaining buildings and grounds at FPD for several years now, and also works on the maintenance staff of Codman Square Health Center.