Who We Are


Rev. Dr. Alex Gondola

Growing up in Hollis, NH, I have long appreciated the natural beauty of Mont Vernon, and admired its friendliness and community spirit. So, I am delighted to serve as the new Interim Pastor of the Mont Vernon Congregational Church (United Church of Christ). My most recent church service was five years as the part-time Interim Pastor of the First Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) of Milford, NH. During that period the congregation conducted a successful Capital Fund Campaign, increased its community outreach and grew by fifty members. Previous to that I served full-time for thirty-six years as an Associate Pastor, Pastor and Senior Pastor in United Church of Christ congregations from Cape Cod to Ohio.

I earned a Bachelor of Arts from Allegheny College, a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School, a Master of Arts from California State University, Dominguez Hills and a Doctor of Ministry from Colgate Rochester Divinity School. My wife Bonnie–also from Hollis, NH–and I have been married for forty three years. We have an adult son, Andrew, living in San Francisco, CA and a Calico cat, Chummy, living with us in Amherst, NH. I enjoy jogging, martial arts, foreign travel and writing for publication. You can get a message to me by emailing montvernonchurch@comcast.net.

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Abbie Velez

Hey! My name is Abbie Velez and I’m the music director at MVCC. I’ve spent my whole life studying music. I started at 3 years old on the piano with this crazy musical gift and I quickly became a child prodigy studying with prestigious teachers and dreaming of Juilliard. God had other plans for me however! I’m now a busy mom of 4 boys and have spent the last ten years using my musical gift for the church. I play piano, organ and clarinet! I sing and direct our choir and praise band. I love what I do! I am so thankful God blessed me with this gift and that I use it every day to praise Him!