Community Chapel

pastoral Staff


  • GEOFF DEFRANCA

    SENIOR PASTOR

    In October of 2002, Kathleen and I began walking The Journey with the people of Community Chapel with the simple desire to share in becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus sent into the world. We understand that the church exists for the world the vehicle of God's preferred plan for all mankind. A New Jersey native, I came to faith in Christ, while serving in the Navy, at the age of 22. I am a graduate of Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colo. and have participated in non-degree graduate studies at Fuller Theological Seminary focused on missional leadership. We have served congregations in California, Upstate New York and here in Nashua. We have three adult children who all live in the greater Boston area. Given the chance I like to ride a bike, eat good food, read good books, breathe the fresh air of the Maine coast and go to the dump on my day off! Really. I do.

  • MARY DILORETO

    ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    I grew up in Massachusetts and was raised in the Catholic tradition. I came to know Christ as my Savior when I was 22 and on my own personal search for God. My husband Joe and I came to Community Chapel in 1998. We have three adult children and three grandsons. I sensed a call into formal ministry in 2004 and was ordained as an elder in the Church of the Nazarene in June 2014. I serve in the areas of pastoral care and counsel, focusing on those facing addiction, grief and life-crisis issues, as well as oversight of the administration and building management. My great love is serving people especially in the difficult places of this journey called life. Though I cannot fix problems, I can be Jesus’ heart and hands and offer them the message of hope that came to me back in 1980 through others who loved Christ. I look forward to continuing to serve Him and fulfilling the purpose He has brought to my life. In my free time, I like to walk, to exercise and to read. Biographies of people's spiritual journeys are my favorite reads as well as books on spiritual disciplines. I love the ocean and the mountains and enjoy spending time with family especially our three grandsons God has blessed us with. I love the quiet of the early morning and the stillness of the very late evening.

  • MICHAEL KENNEDY

    FAMILY MINISTRY PASTOR

    I was raised in Duxbury, Mass. and attended Duxbury Church of the Nazarene as a teenager. I attended Eastern Nazarene College and graduated with a bachelor's in religion with a minor in youth ministry. During college I was the director of student ministries for two years and a youth worker at Bethel Church of the Nazarene. For the following two years I was an admissions counselor at ENC while serving as the youth pastor at Trinity Community Church in Norwood, Mass. During those two years after college, I began a relationship with Tory, my wife. We were married on May 11, 2013. Four weeks later we moved to Kansas City, Mo. so that I could attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. In Kansas City we attended Shawnee Church of the Nazarene. During that time, I had the privilege of being the associate pastor to youth families for two years. On September 2016 I was installed as an associate pastor to youth and their families at Community Chapel. My heart's desire is to see students and their families fall in love with Jesus, and as a community, live lives of compassion for the world. Some fun facts about me are: I love spending time with Tory, running, playing with my dog Bella, hiking, and playing board games.

  • SHIRLEY KALTENBACH

    NCLC AND PART-TIME ON-CALL PASTOR

    I was born and raised in Redondo Beach, Calif. I know it is tough to grow up in one of the vacation spots of the world, but someone has to do it. I accepted Jesus as my savior when I was young, but Jesus transformed my life shortly after I graduated from college. My relationship with Him has been deeper, closer since then. After working as a learning disabilities specialist for Hudson Memorial School and in various capacities for Digital Equipment Corporation, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard, God called me into the ministry. I have attended Community Chapel since 1991 and have been privileged to be a pastor here since 2005. God’s Word holds a fascination for me because it reveals so much of God. I love reading and studying it. I love to talk with people about God, and I thank God for allowing me to see Him work in people’s lives. I also like to read, hike and work in the garden.

  • SERENA KLEPPINGER

    PART-TIME ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    WORSHIP COORDINATION & DEVELOPMENT

    I spent most of my growing-up years in a little town called Rock Hill, NY, after moving from Texarkana, Arkansas. I attended Eastern Nazarene College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. During my years at ENC I received formal music education and participated in various singing groups and worship teams. While at ENC, I met the love of my life, Jeff. We were married on December 19, 1998. In the years that followed, we were blessed with three children: Kaitlyn, Hannah, and Caleb. We also have some four-legged creatures that live with us: our dog, Daisy, and Emmet and Ralph – Caleb’s guinea pigs! In 1995, I first felt God calling me into the ministry and have been following God’s plan for my life, moving in that direction. We began attending Community Chapel in 2000 and have been serving here in various capacities ever since. I have been part of the worship ministry at Community Chapel for the last 18 years.  I have finished my educational requirements through Nazarene Bible College and am working toward ordination in the Church of the Nazarene. I began my  pastoral position at Community Chapel in July of 2018 and I am excited about what God is doing in and through the worship ministries at Community Chapel! It is my honor to serve God and His people. 

    Some fun facts about me: The love of music is in my blood; I love to read – especially spending time in God’s Word; I have grown to love cooking and find it fun to come up with a new Gluten-free/Dairy-free recipe; I love spending time with my family – biking, watching movies, playing games, or just sitting down and talking about life.