Hope Central claims the priesthood of all who give themselves as ministers to the church and the world. We are blessed with many people who understand their work to be faith-based. Please meet our Community Ministers.


Laura Everett

The Rev. Laura E. Everett serves at the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Council of Churches, the state ecumenical network of 17 Orthodox and Protestant denominations, congregations and individual Christians working together for a vibrant, hopeful witness of our oneness in Christ in our local churches, on Beacon Hill and with our neighbors of other faiths.  A graduate of Brown University, Ms. Everett received her Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. A pastor in the United Church of Christ, Laura blogs about denominational identity, Christian unity (and disunity), and social media at www.RevEverett.com and on Twitter at @RevEverett. Connect to the ministry of the Massachusetts Council of Churches on Facebook. Committed to building relationships with churches across the Commonwealth, Rev. Everett is aiming to guest preach and teach in every county in Massachusetts this year.


ben photo Benjamin D. Perkins is currently the Vice President of Multicultural Initiatives/Health Equity for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He has worked in the public health field for fifteen years, nine of those years at Fenway Health’s Fenway Institute, specializing in HIV prevention research and education to communities vulnerable to HIV infection. Benjamin received his Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 2000 and is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

In addition to his education at Harvard Divinity School, Benjamin received his Master of Arts degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles and his Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of California at Los Angeles. His interests include running, reading theology, creative writing, and engaging in health equity/social justice work. In 2012, Benjamin married his husband, David Brown. They live in West Roxbury and are part of a thoroughly post-modern family that includes three children, two mothers, two dogs and one cat.


The Rev. Shea McGinnis (he/him) is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and currently lives in Boston with his partner, Katie, and his dog, Culpepper. Shea earned his B.A. from the University of Arkansas in 2009 and a Masters of Divinity at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in 2014. Shea has served in multiple Presbyterian churches, including Central in Atlanta, Faith in Austin, and First in Logan, Utah. He is active in public life, working in partnership with a variety of organizations to enact social justice change. As a transgender pastor, Shea seeks to reconcile queer people and faith communities. Shea educates and advocates for authenticity and equality for all those who are on the margins.