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our leaders & staff

Our Leadership

SSBC is an elder led congregational church. The congregation meets quarterly to discuss and make decisions regarding significant church issues like appointing leadership, establishing doctrine, and major financial decisions. The elders and pastors, supported by the church staff, provide spiritual leadership to the congregation. We have a number of committees and ministries that carry out the work of the church.

Our Elders

The New Testament churches were shepherded by a plurality of elders. The elders (also called pastors or overseers in the Bible) have responsibility for the spiritual care and leadership of the church. Elders must be men of exemplary Christian character who demonstrate leadership, an aptitude to teach sound doctrine, and a pastor’s heart for the congregation. Our current elders are:

  • Bob Ells
  • Tim Ells, Chairman
  • Bill Haeck
  • Dave Kleberg
  • Jim Kleberg
  • Mike Leavitt
  • Vincent Lifrieri
  • Peter Longley, Secretary
  • Mike Polefka
  • Shawn Rothman
  • Paul Sousa
  • Jim Van Arsdale

Committee Chairs

  • Diaconate | Marc Hambley
  • Fellowship | Maureen Conway
  • Missions | Doug Gusitch
  • Stewardship | Matt Melvin
  • Worship | Cody Busby
  • Christian Ed | Ann Cox
  • Finance | Ed Gardner

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Senior Pastor – Cody Busby

Cody Busby graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University, majoring in Applied Ministry and minoring in Family Psychology. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and is in the process of completing his Doctor of Ministry degree (Preaching Emphasis).Cody has been a Minister of Students and Recreation in Mississippi and for the past ten years he has been the Senior Pastor of a Baptist church in Mulvane, Kansas. Cody moved to Hingham began to serve at Senior Pastor here at South Shore Baptist Church in January 2017. Cody is married to Melissa, whom he met as an undergrad. They have four daughters. Cody loves coffee, playing golf, Oklahoma Sooners football, trying his hand at woodworking, and being a dad to his girls.

Associate Pastor – Stephen McDonald

Stephen McDonald was born and raised in Northwest Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2008 with a degree in criminal justice and political science. After graduating, he began his Master of Divinity at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and began to serve in local churches. Stephen met his wife, Amanda, in college and they were married in July of 2010. The two of them have lived on the South Shore since 2014. He is currently studying at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he is in the process of completing his Masters of Theology (ThM). In his free time, Stephen enjoys watching and playing sports, as well as discussing politics, and reading history. Stephen can be reached at 781-749-2592 x111 or email

Director of Worship – Jennifer Boel

Jennifer grew up in Pembroke, Massachusetts, graduated from Eastern Nazarene College (Massachusetts) in 1994 with a B.S. in Music Education and later pursued a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Her experience and training in worship planning and leading prior to and throughout her college years helped pave the way for becoming the part-time Director of Worship at South Shore Baptist in 1999. In 2005, she gave up her full-time teaching position to dedicate herself to being the full-time Worship Director at SSBC. Jennifer enjoys reading, gardening, exploring new cooking recipes and working together with her husband Chris on home improvement projects. Jennifer can be reached at 781-749-2592 x105 or email

Director of Children’s Ministry – Ann Cox

Ann has attended South Shore Baptist Church since she was 12 years old and came to saving faith here at Vacation Bible School. Since then she has worked to develop and lead many of our children’s programs, and many know Ann as the main Bible teacher, always making sure the Bible and the gospel are presented in ways that children can understand. Ann graduated from Bridgewater State College with a bachelor in Early Childhood Education and received her masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Nazarene College in 2003. She taught first grade at First Baptist Christian School for 3 years and then at South Shore Christian Academy for 19 years.
Ann is married to Terry and has two adult children and three grandchildren. Ann enjoys taking mystery rides with Terry, playing word games, cooking, and spending time with family. nn can be reached via email or call 781-749-2592 x121

Director of Nursery – Becky Mills

Becky grew up in Hanover and started coming to SSBC as a child. She attended Fitchburg State College and graduated with a BS in nursing. She worked full-time as a psychiatric nurse before becoming a stay-at-home mom for her two children. They lived out of state for over a decade, returning to MA in 2007 when her husband Roy retired from the Air Force. She enjoys time with her family, gardening, taking Zumba classes, reading and photography. She volunteered with new mothers assisting the lactation consultant and ran a support group in VA. She has a great love for children and a deep desire to serve them and their families, sharing the love of Jesus with them. She can be reached at 781-749-2592 x122 or by email.

Assistant to the Nursery Director – Sue Gardner

Sue has volunteered in the nursery and other areas of the church for many years, and we are happy to have her officially on staff. She graduated from ENC with majors in Elementary Education and English Literature. She met her husband, Ed, at ENC, and has 6 children and 12 grandchildren. She has always enjoyed playing and watching sports and encouraging and coaching her kids and grandchildren in their athletic endeavors. Along with assisting with nursery coordination, Sue has a love and desire to welcome and serve new moms and hosts the Moms Together gathering on Tuesday mornings (10-11:30 AM). Sue also serves as our Clerk. She can be reached at 781-749-2592 x122 or by email.

578 Main Street, Hingham, MA 02043, (781) 749-2592

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