Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Gifford began her ministry in 2003 after a career in community organizing and education. She earned her Doctor of Divinity degree in Ministerial Leadership in 2008 from Andover Newton Theological School. She is prepared to guide our growing congregation in deepening our faith, welcoming one and all, and in expanding our mission beyond the walls of the church. She shares her passion and sensitivity for co-creating innovative worship and Christian Education for all ages.
MaryLou serves the Pilgrim Association of the United Church of Christ as a member at large, and the MA Conference of the United Church of Christ as a Clergy Community of Practice facilitator. She is a past member of the Annual Meeting Planning Committee and a former co-chair of the Commission for Evangelism and Church Vitality. MaryLou is a workshop leader and author of "The Turnaround Church; Inspiration and Tools for Life-Sustaining Change". (Alban Institute 2009)
Before entering ordained ministry, MaryLou earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology and counseled individuals and groups. She taught Behavior Science courses at Quincy College for nine years. She is also a supervisor of seminarians and residents for Andover Newton Theological School and the Boston Theological Institute.