The United Church of Christ in Washington has called Rev. Elizabeth “Beth” Simmons as its new Pastor. Rev. Beth began her ministry October 1 and will lead worship at the church’s 10:00 am Sunday service.
Rev. Beth most recently served as Pastor for 5 years at the Community Church of Francestown. Previously, she served as Associate Pastor at the First Church of Christ, UCC, in Longmeadow MA. Rev. Beth was ordained as a Minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ (UCC) in 2010. Rev. Beth received her Masters of Divinity degree from the Union Theological Seminary in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree from Alfred University in New York State.
“I am passionate about authenticity. Over some time of personal and spiritual growth, I have come to see that the best and most faithful way to reflect God’s glory and light into the world is to be who God has created and called you to be. This applies to congregations as well. Living and doing ministry authentically requires reflection, self-knowledge, and vulnerability, and does not exclude opportunities for change and growth.”
The church was established in 1780 and is one of three historical buildings in Washington Center on Route 31. “We are engaged to witness and participate in Beth’s ministry and leadership and are excited to welcome her as our first female pastor,” Donna Anderson, Church Moderator, said in the release.