Born and raised in Richmond, VA and educated at Davidson College just outside Charlotte, NC, I never thought I would find myself living in and loving New England. But the first time I drove through Boston and thought, “This is fun!” I knew I had found my new home.
During my time in graduate school (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, South Hamilton, MA) my wife, Jaime, and I traveled to Portsmouth every now and then and quickly grew fond of the town. “We could live here!” we loved to tell one another. Imagine our surprise when, in the summer of 2014, the Middle Street pulpit search committee called and asked if I might come interview to serve as their next pastor.
I love serving this church as we continue our mission of knowing Christ and making him known. As the city of Portsmouth grows and transitions, our challenge is to find new, creative ways of worshiping God, serving Jesus, and celebrating the historic, orthodox faith passed down to us by our forebearers.
You’ll frequently find me at Lexie’s Joint for a good burger, Book and Bar as I write my sermons, and riding my bike around town or at the Prescott Park Arts Festival in the summer. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Tamara Rozek has been a church organist, choral director, musician and educator for over 25 years. She has directed programs for adult choirs, youth choirs, handbell choirs, strings, brass, woodwinds, jazz ensembles and active music outreach ministries. Tamara not only is our Director of Music Ministry, but is also a teacher for the Young Organists Collaborative. She earned her Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts in Music from the University of New Hampshire studying organ with John Skelton and harpsichord with Peter Watchorn. She continued post-graduate study with Peter Sykes, Amy Johansen (Sydney, Australia), and voice/vocal pedagogy with Nancy Armstrong. Tamara has presented solo organ recitals, has served as accompanist for groups in the local area and Australia, and has sung and recorded with the Seraphim Singers and Boston Bach.
Office Hours are Monday through Wednesday: 8 am - 2 pm & Thursday: 8 am - 12 pm
Phone: (603) 436-2337