“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)
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
director of youth & Family ministries / traci avery pardoe
Traci grew up in York, where she attended York High School. Traci went on to York County Community College where she earned her degree in Early Childhood Education. Traci is also a member of the Dream Factory, Maine Chapter, which is a non-profit organization that grants dreams for critically and chronically ill children ages three through 18. Traci resides in Cape Neddick, Maine with her husband John, and her sons Jacob and Caleb. She enjoys spending time with her family, and traveling.
Traci’s Working Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays. Sundays and others by appointment
church coordinator / jennifer gray
A Kittery Point native, Jennifer graduated from R.W. Traip Academy and later attended Hesser and Granite State Colleges where she earned degrees in Behavioral Science and Human Services with a focus on Youth and the Elderly. Jennifer joined the Staff in early August and feels blessed to be able to combine her professional experience in non-profit work and communications with her love of people and her hometown of Kittery Point. Jennifer currently lives in Kittery with her family who have been a part of our church community since 2013.
Jennifer’s Working Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays