I moved to Maine in 2001 after having served churches in the former Troy Conference. During my time there I pastored tiny congregations and medium-sized ones. I served as the coordinator of the seven-church Upper Hudson Ministries Cooperative Parish and participated in ecumenical ministries.
These included ecumenical Vacation Bible School, study groups, walking live nativities, and numerous community service projects. Together with other clergy we hosted community supported agriculture distribution and founded a furniture repurposing ministry. These latter ministries began in the parsonage garage and quickly grew with support from grants.
We purchased a recently closed motel and converted it to furniture storage and emergency housing. That ministry currently serves just over 5,000 people each year. We held monthly community potluck/community sing evenings that were attended by congregants and community members
After coming to Maine, I worked in the mental health field. I was appointed to Alton, Howland, Lincoln, Danforth, Vanceboro, and Limestone United Methodist churches. I have served on the conference Response and Intervention team, volunteered in both the Eastern and Aroostook Area on Aging organizations, participated in ecumenical events, free weekly community meals, study groups, and become a certified poverty coach and a Living Well coach.
I am honored to be serving as your pastor and hope that we can get to know each other.