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Pastor

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Our church’s Pastoral Search Committee is hard at work searching for a Settled Pastor.  We will keep this page updated with those filling our pulpit during this transition*, as we await the next exciting chapter in our church.

*The Diaconate is the Board overseeing the pulpit supply

 

Here is the listing of those who are filling our pulpit:

  • October 8 – Rev. Jeff Long-Middleton (see bio below)
  • October 1 – Rev. Michael Caldwell -World Communion Day
  • September 24 – Rev. Michael Caldwell (see bio below)
  • September 17 – Rev. David Pruitt (see bio below)
  • September 10 – Rev. Jeffrey Long-Middleton, who has recently retired to Grand Isle after a pastorate of 38 years. He was active in establishing a Habitat for Humanity chapter in New Jersey, was a member of the Board of Directors of Howard Mental Health, and Burlington (VT) Peace Fellowship, and assisted in establishing the Burlington Emergency Shelter.
  • September 3 – Rev. Michael Caldwell (see bio below) … communion with gluten free option
  • August 27 – Marcia Tomlinson, a Deacon and longtime member of our church
  • August 20 – Rev. Michael Caldwell, a longtime friend of our congregation, who was most recently the pastor of the East Corinth Congregational Church and is now retired in northern Vermont.
  • August 13 – Cass Poulos (see bio below)
  • August 6th – Rev. Dave Pruitt.  (communion with gluten free option) Rev.  Dave Pruitt lives with Anna-Lisa, his wife of 52 years, in Haverhill, NH.  Dave taught high school in Massachusetts for 30 years before coming to the Upper Valley where he returned to the ministry.  He retired from full-time service in 2002 and has since been doing pulpit supply and interim work, including 2 years here at our own congregation.  During the first 4 months of this year he filled in at the West Newbury Congregational Church  while Rev. Cindy Batten was on sabbatical.  Dave is especially attracted to the  depiction of Jesus of Nazareth in the gospels.  He also finds humor to be far too underappreciated as a spiritual value in church life.
  • July 30th – Elisa Lucozzi
  • July 23rd – Rev. Neil Wilson

On both the 23rd and the 30th we hosted a neutral pulpit for a fellow Vermont Conference church. As a covenental church, we are sometimes asked if we can aid other churches who are seeking new pastors if we can host their search committee and a candidate pastor in what is called a neutral pulpit. This is an opportunity for that church’s search committee to experience the candidate leading worship and giving a sermon. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear a voice from outside of our immediate community in the pulpit. (Since we have also just embarked on our search for a new pastor, our search committee will be asking churches for the same hospitality someday in the future. We invite our congregation to engage with the candidate pastor, but to respect the confidentiality of the search process by not seeking to learn what church s/he is a candidate for. The same would go for interactions with members of the search committee. The search committee members will also be encouraged to not divulge what church they are members of. This shows our respect for the search process and its need for confidentiality; to protect the integrity of the process is very helpful.)

  • July 9th and July 16th – Cass Poulos. She says, “I am a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, approved for ordination pending call in the Pilgrim Association, Mass Conference, UCC. I was the intentional supply pastor at Bath Cong Church in Bath, NH. I am passionate out God who in love, continually reaches out to us. Salvation is personal and, if we pay attention to the life Jesus lived, it is also social. We must take the Gospel outside the building and make a compassionate difference in the world. ”