Our Pastor

See below for some of the guest ministers who join us on second Sundays.

 

Elizabeth BarnumOn August 1, 2018, we will be delighted to welcome our new minister, the Reverend Elizabeth D. Barnum, to our church.  Her first day in our pulpit will be August 6th.  After she led the May 20th, 2018 worship service, all members present voted overwhelmingly to call Elizabeth as our pastor. She accepted the Call Agreement as approved by the Finance Committee.  


Originally from Connecticut, Elizabeth holds a B.A. from UNH and a Master of Divinity from Harvard. She was ordained 11 years ago, and has served as a supply pastor in western MA, as an associate minister in RI, as a Full-time Fellow in Melbourne, Australia, and most recently in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where her focus has been religious education and leadership, as well as pastoral care.


The Search Committee reported that Reverend Elizabeth is truly outstanding among all of the candidates received. We found her approachable, very interested in us and our community, and with a heart for pastoral care. Among her many strengths: she is a religious educator across her lifespan, a team player, and a leader; someone who will guide and support each of us in our shared ministries. We found her to be wise beyond her years, energetic, optimistic, and mindful of best practices. And now, she will be returning to her native New England!   More information about Elizabeth Barnum can be found on the brochures distributed to members for their consideration.

 

Dick Hanks

Many thanks to Reverend Richard F. Hanks, UCC, who has been our bridge minister since July 2017, and who will continue to be with us through July, 2018.  We are truly grateful to have had the benefit of his rich experience, his inspiring sermons, his caring ministry, and his insightful guidance during this long year of transition.  As one member remarked recently, "He cared for us as though we were his own congregation."

 

Rev. Hanks will be available for pastoral care, conversation, and visitation through July.  He can be reached by telephone at 207-593-8493 (home) or 207-542-2812 (cell); or by email at RFHanks@gmail.com.  

 

 

Some of the Guest Preachers who join us from time to time:

Rev. Kate Braestrup, Chaplain for the Maine Warden Service

Rev. Mair Honan, Administrator and former minister at the Portland Grace-Street Ministry

Rev. Tom Pike

as well as other clergy and lay leaders

 

July in the pulpit:

July 22 – Rev. Braestrup

July 29 - Rev. Hanks

August:

Aug 6 - Rev. Barnum

Aug 12 - Rev. Barnum

Aug 19 - Rev. Pike

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