Pastor Tom Kinder will begin serving here on September 1st, regularly leading worship starting September 3rd.
Tom has happily settled into the parsonage in the past month with his family. His wife, Christina Robinson, works at a Dartmouth research institute, his step-daughters, Hallie and Marian Zens, attend Thetford Academy, and his grown daughter, Cary, lives and works in Massachusetts.
Tom comes to us from the Bradford Congregational Church, UCC, where he served as Interim Minister for three years. He was the settled pastor of the Thetford Hill Church, UCC, for 17 years.
Tom was a member of the United Church of Strafford in the 1980s, serving as Deacon and on a Search Committee and the Pastoral Relations Committee. He also served on the Town of Strafford’s Planning Commission during that time. He was employed before entering the ministry as the executive director of nonprofits and the marketing director of a catalog company. His undergraduate degree is from the Creative Writing Program and English Department of Princeton University and his Master of Divinity is from Harvard Divinity School, and he is a Registered Life Planner. He considers himself bi-vocational as a half-time pastor and half-time writer.
Tom has lived off of Miller Pond Road for the better part of 35 years, although his work has kept his focus and presence in neighboring towns. He is overjoyed to be coming back home to serve the church and community that nurtured him as he found his way into the ministry.