Michael H. Richards
In 1961 when I was living in a small village in the South-East of England, I had very little to do with the church except for being made to attend church once a week while at a private school. A friend of mine sang in the local church choir and knew how much I enjoyed singing. He invited me to come and join the choir. I walked reluctantly into the church that Friday evening not knowing what to expect. As I walked through the door, God spoke to me and said, “Welcome home!” I knew I was in the right place.
I returned to the US in 1982. In 1986 I began to attend an American Baptist church in Gorham, ME. It was while there that I sensed the call of God upon me once again to enter the ordained ministry. Thanks to the two pastors there I was encouraged to start work on some courses at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary on the North Shore of Massachusetts. Completing a Certificate in Christian Ministry. In 1993, I responded to a call to serve an American Baptist Church in Gorham, ME and became their pastor. I transferred to Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Center, MA, the oldest seminary in the USA, in 1994 and graduated in 1999 with a Master of Divinity Degree and continued to serve the church in Maine for a total of five years.
I served an ABC church in Massachusetts for two years before accepting a call to serve in Upstate New York. I served one church there (ABC/UCC) for 10 years and helped another (ABC/UMC) for 5 years concurrently. In March of 2011, I accepted a half-time appointment to the First United Methodist Church, Saranac Lake and in September of that year accepted a call from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America to serve half-time the Church of the Holy Trinity.
I began a new chapter in my ministry which started on November 1, 2014 at Falmouth Congregational Church, UCC. I am excited about the opportunity that faces us as a group of people who love the Lord and want to be faithful witnesses in the community of Falmouth and the wider outreach of the Gospel. The journey continues! Thanks be to God.
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Doris Krueger, Minister of Music, has served Falmouth Congregational Church since September, 1995. She has a B.S. degree in Music Education with emphasis in organ and a M.M. degree from UMaine in choral conducting. Additional studies in related music fields include classes at Oberlin College and Westminster Choir College. Besides playing organ and piano for Falmouth Congregational services she conducts the Chancel Choir and has conducted English Handbell Choirs and Youth Choirs.
She also teaches prek-grade 12 music at Pine Tree Academy in Freeport and is Chair of the Music Committee and an organist at the Brunswick Seventh-day Adventist Church. She has been Director of Choral Activities on the college level, toured nationally with various music groups, toured internationally with the Pine Tree Academy Bell Ringers, and served as clinician for numerous choral, band, and handbell festivals. She founded what is thought to be the first English handbell choirs in Argentina, received an Excellence in Teaching Award and received a Summer Sabbatical Award to study the British Cathedral Choral Tradition and travel in the British Isles. She has served on national and northeastern area music curriculum committees.
She enjoys praising God with music, helping people of all ages develop their musical talents, and working with soloists and ensembles in church and school settings.
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Elaine joined the FCC staff in September 2018.
Elaine is originally from New York.
She is a former English teacher in New York and New Hampshire and most recently, an assistant to local financial advisers.
She is a die hard lover of chocolates, mystery novels and adventures. Her aim is to write a novel based on her own life.
Elaine has lived in Falmouth for the past 12 years with her husband and mischievous Himalayan cat, Abby.
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Matthew is a native of Oregon. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Following his graduation he has enjoyed a variety of employment opportunities. He moved to Maine in 1998. Following the birth of his children he was looking for employment that would give him flexible time to be with his children as well as use his religious background. Matthew joined the staff in 2004. He has become an integral member of the staff.
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Kristen Coleman is a 19-year-old college student and has been a member of the Falmouth Congregational Church her whole life. She has remained an active member of the church community. She graduated from Falmouth High School in 2015 and recently completed her first year of college at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, majoring in business finance and minoring in music. She will be attending The University of Southern Maine in the fall. She has experience with children, participating in both the Big Buddies Program and by being a nanny. She is a seasoned pianist and participated in many vocal groups throughout high school. She is also a commercial lobsterman and loves being outdoors. Kristen is very enthusiastic about taking on this Christian education position at the church and has many new and exciting ideas to incorporate.
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