Rev. Chris Mereschuk
Pastor Chris (he/him) is the Acting Pastor of Haydenville Congregational Church. He joined the church as Associate Pastor on August 18, 2013. Following a vote of the congregation, Chris became Acting Pastor Jan. 2, 2017 following the retirement of Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian.
Ordained in 2007 after attending Andover Newton Theological School, Chris has served churches in Hartford and Glastonbury, Connecticut and New Orleans, Louisiana. He also served as the Summer Director of Silver Lake Conference Center, the Connecticut UCC’s Outdoor Ministry site.
Some other “Get-to-Know-You” snippets about Pastor Chris: Attended Northeastern University (Sociology and Psychology); used to work in Community Mental Health; loves to cook; plays drums and harmonica; enjoys reading non-fiction; watches too much TV; carries his favorite art with him at all times; is committed to radical non-violence and restorative justice; loves music; and prefers to go by “Chris.” We’ll leave some other stuff to-be-discovered!
Pastor Chris serves in worship leadership and congregational pastoral care, and is the Director of our Children’s, Youth, and Family Ministries. For information about these programs, please contact Pastor Chris.
To schedule a time to chat with Pastor Chris, please contact him directly by email or phone.
Rev. Dr. Peter Ives, Theologian In Residence
The Rev. Dr. Peter Ives (he/him) is the Theologian in Residence of the Haydenville Congregational Church. He sings each Sunday with our choir and serves our church as a Field Education Supervisor for Andover Newton Theological Seminary. He is also The Rev. of “The Rev and The Rabbi” radio program which is part of the Bill Newman Show WHMP 96.9 every Thursday morning. He has just written a book called “What is Your Life? Discovering What Matters Before It Is Too Late.”
Rev. Yohah Ralph; Minister of Outreach and Pastoral Care
Through my years in ministry, I have been a worship leader, and been involved in pastoral care, prayer ministries, spiritual direction, human rights advocacy, feeding ministries, and service to underserved populations.
Following a rich experience in a worshiping community in Northampton, MA, I pursued theological education. I undertook studies at Weston Jesuit Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and earned a Master of Divinity degree at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. In pursuit of skills to deepen theological conversations, I completed a practicum in spiritual direction at the Center for Religious Development in Cambridge, MA.
My passion is to share the healing and saving power of faith I have experienced, with others. I am dedicated to supporting the needs, dreams, and aspirations of the people I meet, through acts of kindness, and cultivating the use of prayer, forgiveness, sacred scripture, dialogue, writing, and expressive arts as catalysts for transformation and self-actualization. I am passionate about inter-generational ministry, the power of the spoken word, the dignity of every person, and joy as a means to God’s true nature.