Our Pastor

My name is Patty Fox and I am both humbled by your invitation to join you in ministry and committed to continuing the work of this church as your designated-term pastor.  Thank you for your trust, and for having faith that new life can grow out of even the most challenging circumstances.

 

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I live with my spouse of 30 years (the Rev.) Lisanne Finston, and our two children Maya, who just turned 21, and Lou who is turning 19 in August.

We live at Gould Farm in Monterey, MA, where Lisanne serves as Executive Director.  Gould Farm, founded in 1913, is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery and independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.  We refer to our residents as “guests” and welcome them into a supportive community environment made up of staff and their families most of whom live on the 700-acre campus.

Now for a little background information. I was ordained as a Presbyterian clergy in 1992 and served in a number of non-parish ministry settings.  I also earned a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University in 2005 and have worked as a pastoral therapist.  From 2008-2013 I served as an Associate Pastor with a Reformed Church in NJ.  I worked at Gould Farm for a time after moving here in 2013. From 2017-2019 I worked as a Pastoral Assistant at the First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, and after transferring my ordination to the United Church of Christ, I became the settled pastor at West Stockbridge Congregational Church, UCC in March of 2019.

Enough about my professional credentials.  Let me tell you some of the things that bring me joy.

I have a deep love of music. I sing and write tunes and play a number of stringed instruments.
I value language and enjoy writing and creating liturgy.
I enjoy fishing and I try to steal away to our lake house in the lower Catskills whenever I can.
I find the canine species adept at providing entertainment and comfort and enjoy spending time in their presence.

I look forward to getting to know each one of you!

Peace,

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