I’m a second-career pastor in western Massachusetts. I’m ordained in the United Church of Christ.
For the past three years I have been balancing two primary ministries, a church ministry and a chaplaincy. Specifically, I serve churches as an intentional interim pastor. I also have been serving a homeless shelter for veterans. Both were part-time. I recently became full-time at the shelter. The shelter program is Soldier On. I also do a little hospice chaplaincy as well for Hospice Care in the Berkshire.
I also serve the United Church of Christ in a couple of capacities. One, I’m working on revising the methodology for clergy compensation in the Massachusetts Conference. Second, I am part of a national committee to revise our denomination’s Manual on Ministry. If you poke around their website and search on my name, several worship liturgies will appear as well as a couple of sermons.
Ministry has been one of my longest career choices. I got an undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning and to this day keep an active interest in public policy. Just prior to entering seminary, I spent a number of years doing information technology and did training for many years even after my ordination.
I’m politically and theologically progressive – some might even say liberal. I’m not registered with any political party.
I read a lot. Typically, I read three or four newspapers on most days. I read articles from the New York Review of Books or Foreign Affairs, but I’m also apt to pick up People magazine when I’m at the doctor’s office. I also read a lot of stuff on ministry, the church, theology … you get the drift.
I have a wife and two daughters. One daughter is still in college studying to be an acoustical engineer. The other is a music therapist, who also happens to work at the same hospice I work. I play violin passably. All of us in the family are pretty musical. I also enjoy food, both cooking it and eating it.
I hold my church membership at the United Church of Christ in Lenox, Church on the Hill.
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