On Sunday, January 27, 2013, the members of the Society of King’s Chapel voted enthusiastically and unanimously to call Joy K. Fallon to serve as the sixteenth settled Senior Minister since the founding of the church in 1686. As a layperson over the past twenty years, Joy has served in leadership positions in several churches in the Greater Boston area, including five years at Trinity Church Boston (first overseeing the social justice programs and then as Managing Director of the Trinity Boston Foundation), and most recently, as congregational care coordinator at Hancock Lexington UCC.
Prior to attending the Harvard Divinity School, from which she received an M. Div. degree, Joy had an extensive career in public service, serving as Chief Legal Counsel to the Governor, as an Assistant Attorney General, as Executive Assistant United States Attorney, and as Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. Joy has also earned an A.B. degree from Harvard-Radcliffe and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Joy and her husband, Robert Fallon, have been married for thirty-two years and are the parents of a college son and a post-college daughter.
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Heinrich Christensen, Music Director
A native of Denmark, Heinrich Christensen received the Church Music and Soloist Diplomas from the Århus Conservatory of Music with further studies at the Conservatoire de Saint-Maur with Olivier Latry. After a stint as a music director in Malmö, Sweden, he came to the US in 1998 and received an Artist Diploma in Organ Performance from the Boston Conservatory where his teacher was James David Christie.
He was appointed Music Director King's Chapel in the year 2000 after serving as the affiliate organist under Daniel Pinkham for the last two years of Dr. Pinkham’s 42-year tenure at the church. At King's Chapel, he manages the Tuesday Noon Hour Recitals as well as the King's Chapel Concert Series, and directs the fully professional choir. Heinrich was a prizewinner at the international organ competitions in Odense and Erfurt and has given solo recitals on four continents.
An avid proponent of contemporary music, he has premiered works by Daniel Pinkham, Carson Cooman, Graham Gordon Ramsay, James Woodman and several others. He has worked extensively as an accompanist for many choral groups in the Boston area, and has recorded with Philovox, Boston Secession and Seraphim Singers, and Daniel Pinkham’s works for solo voice and organ with Florestan Recital Project,. The solo CD "Heinrich Christensen plays the C.B. Fisk Organ at King's Chapel" (available at www.arsisaudio.com) was hailed by Gramophone Magazine as a "smorgasbord" of "enormous stylistic flexibility". Since 1998 he has performed an annual recital as a featured soloist of Boston’s venerable First Night celebrations. In February 2011, he released a recording of Clavierübung III. In October 2011, Albany Records released “The Sacred Voice” with works of Graham Gordon Ramsay.
His articles have been published in Denmark and the UK, he was a recitalist at the American Guild of Organists's Region IV convention in 2011, and he presented a workshop on Scandinavian Organ Repertoire at the AGO National Convention in Mineeapolis in 2008. Mr. Christensen is a past dean of the Boston chapter of the AGO, served on the steering committee for the Regional Convention 2009, and is currently on the New Music and steering committees for the National Convention slated for 2014 in Boston.
Jennifer Visconti began working at King's Chapel as Sunday Verger in the summer of 2010 and returned to King's Chapel in November 2012 as Acting Parish Administrator.
Originally from Chatham, New Jersey, Jennifer now resides in Boston. She holds an A.B. from Princeton University in Anthropology and a J.D. from New England Law | Boston. When she is not at King's Chapel, Jennifer works as a law clerk for a medical malpractice law firm in Brookline and volunteers at Rosie's Place. Jennifer can be seen walking her dog, Pepper, or playing viola with Calliope, a Boston orchestra, of which she is also a board member.
Theresa Cooney O’Hara began work at King’s Chapel as the Assistant Lead Guide in the fall of 2008. A year later, she became the Parish House verger, and in fall of 2010 assumed the position of Lead Guide. Presently Theresa oversees a staff of about a dozen guides for King’s Chapel’s Freedom Trail Program, which focuses on educating the public about the historic and religious significance of King’s Chapel while also coordinating with its other ministries.
Originally from Medfield, Massachusetts, Theresa has a BA from Georgetown University in theology and political science, a Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and is currently in a PhD program in the Division of Religious and Theological Studies at Boston University. She is focusing on early twentieth-century Catholic political theology and questions of sovereignty and authority. She enjoys running, cooking, writing, and spending time with her husband, Michael, and family and friends.
Shannon Lee has been a staff member of the King’s Chapel Church School since the fall of 2008. Within a few months of being hired as a teacher, she was promoted to the role of Church School Director. Shannon is responsible for overseeing the implementation of classroom curricula, delivered by teachers in three age-appropriate classrooms, as well as the programs for music and art, confirmation, and other activities. Additionally, she is involved in supporting children and families in participating in service projects that promote health, education, and overall well-being both locally and globally.
Shannon is originally from Attleboro, Massachusetts, and she has lived in different parts of the state while pursuing her academic studies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clark University, a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Master of Social Work from Simmons University, and a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Boston University. Shannon is an active professional in the field of human services, and serves as a mentor to students in local elementary and high schools as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jessica Stewart started working as a tour guide at King's Chapel in May of 2012, upon graduating from Boston University. She moved into the position of Administrative Assistant shortly after.
Originally from Burlington, Massachusetts, Jessica graduated in the spring of 2012 with a B.A. in world history. Presently, she works as both a tour guide and as administrative assistant for King's Chapel, as well as working at the newly-opened Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum in the gift shop. When not at either of these places, she enjoys reading, running and relaxing.