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The Upper Cape Chaplaincy

The Ministry of Presence

Our mission is to provide quality, professional chaplaincy services to health care institutions and other outreach ministries of Upper Cape Cod. ​​

Our Chaplains

Chaplains are the heart and soul of the Upper Cape Chaplaincy. The ordained ministers who work with us are experienced professionals trained to provide pastoral care in times of need.


Rev. Saramaria Allenby

Rev. Saramaria Allenby is ordained in the United Church of Christ and serves at Falmouth Hospital as a chaplain part time, she is also the director of Whole Life Learning at UU Fellowship of Falmouth. She was the Spiritual Care Advisor at Gosnold she served for many years working and teaching spirituality and practices -developing programming for blessed people in recovery. She leads groups on praying with the body, meditation, love, hope, Grace, joy, openness, compassion and forgiveness to name a few, through her own non-profit www.Spiritualityinpractice.org She also teaches and leads meditation for Wellstrong in Falmouth a gym and community for people recovering from SUD's. She lives in Waquoit with her husband and two beloved sons and two cats.

Ministry Setting: Falmouth Hospital


Rev. Manuel W. Aran

Rev. Manuel W. Aran and his wife, Joy, moved to Falmouth in 1999 after retiring from 30 years of pastoral ministry in South Boston, Waverly, PA and Union City, PA. Rev. Aran graduated from Eastern Nazarene College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and was ordained by the American Baptist Churches of MA at his home church in Dorchester. Rev. Aran worked for 16 years as a psychiatric social worker in emergency services at hospitals in Brockton and on Cape Cod. They have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. In the midst of a pastoral career of having ministered to and prayed for those who are sick, the Arans were led to apply the spiritual dynamic of praying for the sick to be healed by the power of God’s Holy Spirit with many evidences that can be described as miraculous.

Ministry Setting: Falmouth Hospital


Ed Farrell-Starbuck

Pastoral care is at the heart of ministry for Rev. Ed Farrell-Starbuck. For nearly forty years he served congregations of the United Methodist Church in northern California, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In retirement he has been led to hospital chaplaincy, at Cape Cod Hospital, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and now at Falmouth Hospital. Trusting that all persons are beloved daughters and sons of God, he seeks to connect with those facing vulnerable life moments in a spirit of acceptance, grace and prayerful compassion.

Married to Cindy, they have a daughter, a son and two granddaughters. Ed celebrates God’s good gifts of life with a passion for reading, fly-fishing, kayaking and generally spending as much time as possible outdoors.

Ministry Setting: Falmouth Hospital


Rev. James Schutter

Compassionate ministry to residents (and staff) in nursing homes has been important for the past fifty years. After serving as a parish pastor in the United Methodist Church for forty years, and serving as a hospice chaplain for fifteen years, Jim ‘retired’ in 2021. He has continued to pastor a small U.M. church in Onset. In November, he began serving with the Upper Cape Chaplaincy as the chaplain for Royal Falmouth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and has consented to be the chaplain for JML Nursing Home in Falmouth beginning in February.

Chaplain Jim believes that not only all persons, but all of creation have an ontological mandate to praise God. Much of Chaplain Jim’s ministry has included playing his guitar and singing hymns (usually ‘golden oldies’) that are known and beloved by residents and staff alike. These hymns connect us to our traditions, to our ancestors, and to one another—even to those who have preceded us in life and in death. If we can give thanks and praise God in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, we are doing well.

Ministry Settings: Royal Falmouth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, JML Care Center