Rev. Seth D. Jones - Senior Pastor
Rev. Seth D. Jones has been a father to daughter, RJ (short for Rhiannon), for 18 years, a husband to his wife Kate for almost 25 years and an ordained minister for 8 years. Seth was called to the ministry when he was 16 years old, after he was baptized on the hill behind his parents’ home in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Between that initial calling and when he returned to seminary in 2005, Seth has followed a circuitous path that has led him to Rockland Congregational Church. After graduating from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, Seth attended United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. There, he received an M.A. in Religious Studies and lost his faith. He studied Tai Chi Chuan, a Chinese martial art and meditation practice, and has taught it for almost 25 years. Seth also worked in a variety of positions in the financial industry. After crashing the email servers for a major corporation, working in mortgages before the big housing crash and going broke trying to sell financial products, Seth was drawn back into the Christian faith. His family and he joined Colonial Church of Edina, Minnesota in 2003 and, under the guidance and care of a great many people there, Seth remembered his call to the ministry. Seth started attending Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was accepted to the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies (CFTS) through the NACCC. Seth received his M. Div from Luther Seminary in May of 2008 and was ordained at Colonial Church of Edina on June 15, 2008. The Lord saw fit to send Seth and his family out to Montana, where he was pastor of Mt. Republic Chapel of Peace, an interdenominational church that serves Yellowstone Park and the Beartooth valley. Seth, Kate and RJ are very happy to be by the ocean and Seth is honored to be the pastor of Rockland Congregational Church. He can be reached at 207-594-5317 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALAN WINGARD - ORGANIST and CHOIR DIRECTOR
Alan joined us on Christmas Eve, 2013. Alan Wingard saw and heard his first pipe organ, built by Casavant Freres, at age 8; an Epiphany that totally blew him away.The summer between junior and senior year in high school, he was apprentice with a pipe organ firm in western PA. Working for other organ companies paid for undergraduate study at CMU.
Alan began piano and organ study with Walter C. Renton at Edgewood Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh. He was assistant to The Rev. Dr. Donald D. Kettring at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh.
He's served in Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Congregational Churches, and Reform Synagogues.
Liz Glover - Office Manager
Member Liz Glover, wife to Aaron and mom to Nate, Brian and Julie comes to RCC originally from Oregon. She made her way across the U.S via the US Air Force where she served 5 years as a Jet Engine Mechanic. Liz met Aaron at Hanscom AFB and they moved to Maine to be near family. Liz found work as a waitress at the Samoset Resort where she worked for nearly 12 years and received the 2012 Samoset Resort Employee of the Year award. Liz spent time volunteering in the church office and in the summer of 2012 Liz accepted the full time position as Office Administrator. Liz enjoys spending time with her family, crafting and beach combing in the Midcoast area. Liz can be reached in the office at 207-594-8656 or via email at email@example.com.
Rick Grimes - Custodian
Rick is a member of the church and is our full-time custodian. He started at Rockland Congregational Church in July 2007. A skilled handyman, he likes using his building maintenance knowledge and experience for his church. He especially likes the friendly work environment. Rick enjoys talking with friends and family, reading, old movies and working around his home. Although he fits two jobs into his busy life, Rick still finds time to sing with the Alleluia Choir and make coffee for the church staff in the mornings. You can reach Rick by calling the church office at 207-594-8656.