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Meet our staff

Pastor Liza B. Knapp
Settled Minister
church phone: 413-773-5323

Liza was called to the First Church of Deerfield in January 2017. A former science teacher, Liza has served in a variety of ministries in an around the Valley, as designated term pastor of the Belchertown United Church of Christ, as youth director of First Churches of Northampton, and as seminary intern and music minister of Northampton’s outdoor Cathedral in the Night. She is a 2013 graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, and also holds graduate degrees in Environmental Studies and in Forestry, from Bard College and UMASS-Amherst. She lives in  Greenfield with her wife and daughters, and describes herself as a “pastor, parent, partner, and person, not necessarily in that order.”  Blog: The Mystery and The Mud (


Dr. Thomas Pousont
Organist adn Director of Music Ministry

Dr. Pousont became Director of Music at The First Church of Deerfield in 2003. He received his baccalaureate in organ and vocal performance from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was granted the degrees of Master and Doctor of Music in organ performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.


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Tom Mershon

Church Sexton