Our Staff


Rev. Scott Spencer, Pastor

Scott was ordained in 1997 following a first career as a social worker. He served for 13 years as the pastor of the Rehobeth Congregational Church in Massachusetts. He began his ministry at the Woodridge Congregational Church on August 1, 2011. He is married to Barbara and has two grown children.


Rev. Bob Nolan, Associate Pastor of Music and Healing

Bob’s journey began in music ministry in his youth, serving a number of churches as organist and choir director.  He has been in music ministry for over 40 years, joining the Woodridge staff in January 2009.  With the support of the Woodridge congregation, he was ordained on September 25, 2016 as Associate Pastor and serves in other pastoral leadership roles, including occasional worship leadership, special gatherings, and outreach.  In addition, he also works as the CFO & Treasurer of the RI Conference of the United Church of Christ.


Heather Ashworth, Sunday School Coordinator

Heather Ashworth is married with 4 children. She has 1 biological son and three children that she fostered and then adopted.  She is deeply involved in and passionate about the child welfare system, in particular foster care.  She grew up in the Congregational Church as a minister’s daughter.  She continued being very involved into adulthood.  Before coming to Woodridge, she worked for 9 years as a nursery worker at another Congregational church.  Heather has been working at Woodridge for 4 years now as the Sunday School Coordinator.  In these four years, Sunday School student registrations have doubled.   The number of classrooms has doubled.  This is a very exciting time at the church as we continue to grow and work together as a caring community learning the ways of Jesus.


Dan Blackford, Administrative Assistant

Dan joined the staff of Woodridge Church in 2006.  He previously worked in the insurance industry and has served other not-for-profit organizations.