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Our Team

Ross Varney, Pastor

With Belleville since fall of 2001, Rev. Varney seeks to lead with his strengths while encouraging the gifts of all the congregation. His sermons are sometimes highlighted with songs, including original compositions. He often includes interfaith elements in his ministry and messages, believing that God's love and grace are very inclusive! Bible Studies with Rev. Varney encourage lively conversation, including diverse viewpoints.

Rev. Varney is also active in the Newburyport Clergy Association as well as the Essex/Andover Association of the United Church of Christ. He shares his home with his wife Lynn who is a Spiritual Director with certification in Christian Education. Tucker, a loveable old grump, barks at people way across the street, while Earl who is blind, can still lead the way to his kitty bowl... both of them are very "grounding"!

Office Hours: by appointment.


Valerie Gates

Administrative Coordinator

Valerie Gates is the first person you are likely to meet if you come to the church office. She came to Belleville after many years in the business world, with many skills in administration and finance. She also has a broad range of experience in church leadership, so she keeps the wheels well oiled at Belleville! She is married to Chris Gates, and if you really want to see her light up, ask her about her grandson Chase!


Office Hours:

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enter through Chapel Street Entrance

Rudy King, Sexton


300 High Street

Newburyport, MA 01950


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To get to the Belleville Congregational Church at 300 High Street Newburyport, Massachusetts, you can take exit 57 traveling North or South on Rt 95. At the end of the North bound ramp take a right. At the end of the South bound ramp take a left and cross over Rt 95. You are now on Rt 113 headed East towards the Church. Remain on Rt 113 as it will become Story Avenue and eventually High Street. The ride to the Church is about two miles and the Church is on your left-hand side at the corner of Chapel and High Street.

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