“Before we were ever known as Christians, we were known as Followers of The Way of Life. Before the cross, the central symbol of our people was the Anchor. At our church, we are inviting all people—no matter who you are, no matter where you’ve been, no matter what body you were born with or what you believe—to connect with the Way of Life, to be anchored together through love and service of our neighbors. We look forward to serving alongside you.”
- Rev. Brian Gruhn
Ministers / Everyone in the Church
As Congregationalists, we believe that every member of our community is equally called by God to do God’s work in the world. We are many different people with many different gifts, all of us learning to work together to love and serve our neighbors as ourselves. All are called, all are gifted, all are needed. Thank you for your service.
Pastor / Rev. Brian Gruhn
Originally from Arizona, Brian has lived in New England since 2009, when he came to study at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, MA. Brian has been serving in full time ministry since becoming a Youth Minister and Camp Director in 2005. Ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2012, this is Brian’s second call as a Pastor. While all the members of our church are Ministers, Brian’s role as Pastor is to administer the Sacraments of Communion and Baptism, lead worship, assist others in the development of their spiritual lives, and modeling how to Follow the Way of Life in this time and place. He lives in the Parsonage at the church with his wife, Emily, and their black lab, Sadie. Brian’s interests include celebrating God’s creation, supporting a just and loving world for all people, Nerts (What’s that? You’ve never played Nerts??!!! Let’s hang out).
Brian’s Working Days: Sunday-Thursday, 9:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (and available at all times for emergencies)
Office Administrator / Nancy Behan
Nancy was born and brought up in Massachusetts where during her childhood she was a member of the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.Then off to college and a career in the insurance industry that was only supposed to last until she figured out what she wanted to be when she grew up. But alas, 42 years later, Nancy was able to escape corporate America, retire from full time employment and become federally funded. Today, Nancy lives in Berwick, Maine with her 23 year old daughter, Eleanor, her 2 year old grandson, Jack, and her daughter's calico cat - now Nancy's cat - named Harley. Nancy enjoys sewing, making her own greeting cards, mixed media crafts, and doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles.
Nancy’s Working Days: Tuesday-Friday, 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Music Director / Katherine Mayfield
Katherine has been playing music for churches in the Northeast since 2007, and has acted as music director for musical theater productions for many years. She's also a writer, and has published a memoir, "The Box of Daughter," as well as several books on recovering from bullying and dysfunctional family dynamics. She lives in York.
Katherine’s Working Days: Thursdays and Sundays