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Community Ministers

First Church is remarkably blessed with a number of clergy and seminary trained professionals who are active members of our congregation. Some are retired or semi-retired. Some are currently serving in parish or chaplaincy settings. Some are seasoned ministers in active “search and call,” and some are approved for ordination and seeking a first call. All have wonderful gifts for ministry, and many already share them regularly at First Church and well beyond. For this we are exceedingly grateful!

From time to time (and especially during moments of staff transition), just knowing these leaders are there and available to offer a range of support will be a great gift to our current staff and to the Deacons. Their activities may and in many cases already do include preaching, visitation, mentoring ministry students and interns, small group and 10 O’Clock Hour leadership. Our growing list of First Church Community Ministers so far includes:

Rev. Norm Bendroth
Rev. Krysia Burnham
Rev. Henry Gates
Rev. Beth Loomis
Rev. Monica Maher
Rev. Kerry Maloney
Rev. Jonathan New
Rev. Philip Lafollette
Rev. Mary Robinson
Rev. Henry Schoenfield
Rev. Cynthia Shoemaker
Rev. Beth Spaulding
Rev. Jennifer Wilkes Stuart
Rev. Mary Martha Thiel
Rev. Ken Ziebell

Our tradition affirms that we are a “priesthood of all believers,” yet some are set aside to be ministers of word and sacrament. Let's all give thanks for these ministers of word and sacrament, for their willingness to serve our community and to share their pastoral gifts with us and among us. Please contact Dan Smith or a Deacon if you have any questions.

Note: the above list is not a complete list of First Church members who are clergy. Some have opted to leave their names off this list given various professional conflicts (e.g., Massachusetts Conference staff).

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