It’s a privilege to be pastor of this vibrant Christian fellowship in the town of Ridgefield. This church has much to offer families and individuals, young and old, as we support and encourage one another in the faith and reach out to the wider community in mission. The motto on our worship program and newsletter is really true: “Every member a minister.”
My most important work is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ and leading the worship of God. Not far behind that central role, however, is my commitment to caring for people, helping people grow in personal faith, and enabling the congregation to develop greater strength and vitality in every area of church life.
Since I arrived in 2008, we have been working toward our 300th anniversary, which culminates in 2012, with a variety of great events. This is a particular joy for me because of my background as both a historian and a pastor. With graduate studies in American history (Ph.D. Boston University) as well as theological and undergraduate degrees (M.Div. and M.A. Pacific School of Religion; B.A. Hamilton College), I have blended pastoral ministry and scholarly interests throughout my career in ministry.
Before coming to Ridgefield, I served two churches in Maryland and Pennsylvania, then spent eight years in seminary administration and teaching. I am delighted now to be doing what I love best, serving as a minister of the gospel in a congregation of God’s people. On a personal level, Elizabeth and I have three children in their thirties and two grandchildren.
The logo for the church’s tercentenary makes this strong proclamation: Making the Good News Happen: 1712-2012 . . . Of course, it is God who brings the Good News in the person of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. But we are instruments of that amazing grace. The three dots at the end indicate that the story of the church continues from generation to generation.
My door is always open.