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Church on the Cape is blessed to have an amazing staff who serve our faith community with compassion, dedication, and who truly model the love of Jesus Christ.
Rev. Sammie Maxwell
Rev. Sammie Maxwell            603-738-3395

Pastor Sammie Maxwell served as an interim at the Church on the Cape from August 2018 through June 2019.  Then in June, 2022 Bishop Devadhar appointed Sammie to our church once again, this time for a two-year interim commitment. Pastor Sammie has been a Godsend to us. From the beginning, it was abundantly clear that she is a gifted and inspiring spiritual leader.  What was her path to our church?

She grew up in northeast Georgia. As a youth, Sammie was active in the Methodist Youth Fellowship on the local and district levels. In high school, she participated in a church-sponsored trip to the United Nations— an event that made her an activist for both world peace and youth involvement in the church. At the University of Georgia, Sammie was active in the Wesley Foundation. She graduated with an A.B. in sociology. Before becoming an ordained clergyperson, she taught kindergarten and was a field advisor for the Girl Scouts of America.

After marrying Russ Pregeant and moving to New England, Sammie earned a Master of Urban Affairs degree at Boston University and later completed a Master of Divinity at B.U. She held many positions in the south and New England before serving at the Church of the Cape for the first time in 2018.

Please follow this link to a more vibrant and complete picture of her faith journey from Georgia to Cape Porpoise with Russ.

Jennifer Murray                                 
Office Administrator


Jennifer oversees the operation of the church office and assists the pastor and staff with a variety of administrative duties. Her  responsibilities include answering phone calls, managing schedules, filing, and generating programs for services.


Jennifer began working at Church on the Cape in 2022 and has been a member of the United Methodist Church since 2004. Jennifer is a recent addition to the Kennebunks, moving here just a few years ago. She lives with her two kids in Kennebunk.  


Jennifer has lots of experience with Bible study having facilitated many groups, including Disciple 1, 2, 3 & 4. Jennifer often finds herself at the beach, year-round, and cannot imagine living anywhere but close to the ocean.   


Jen's  favorite Bible verse:

“He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6: 8.  


Jennifer can be reached at

Paul N. Stephan
Music Director, Organist, and Pianist

Church on the Cape welcomed Paul N. Stephan as the new Music and Choir Director, Organist, and Pianist in late summer, 2023.


Paul was Minister of Music at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City for fifteen years, where he was a choir conductor and piano/organ accompanist. Paul managed and directed weekly and special event music programs, including  program content and rehearsals, and created virtual choir videos for streaming services during the Covid pandemic.

He also has developed music outreach programs. Paul served as director of music ministries at Church on the Village (formerly Metropolitan Duane Methodist Church) in New York, where he was also choirmaster and organist for The Armenian Evangelical Church of New York.

Paul has taught voice, piano, composition, and organ. He is the recipient of the Bristol Award for his show, Three Tenors in Search of an Act. Paul is a graduate of Ithaca College and the University of Utah.Choir Director.

[Please read the announcement of Paul's arrival to COTC - as it appeared in the local press - click here!]

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Ivan Collazo                                                                     

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