Sunday Celebration Notes from Gail Benson
Now we are ready to welcome Rev. Gail Benson
She joined our staff on Monday as our transitional minister and will help shepherd us as we wait to call a new senior minister.
is very experienced in working with churches during times of change.
Many of you know her
and will be happy to greet her
There will be a special treat in her
honor during First Church Café.
Read more about Gail
in Pam Chapin's article below.
Many of you already know Gail
internship at First Church
under MaryEllen Kilsby and her
subsequent impressive ministries with United Church
of Christ churches.
Gail earned her MDiv from Claremont School of Theology and is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ.
focus has been on professional transitional ministry and she
has served in that capacity for 13 years of her
22 years of ministry.
She pastored six churches as a transitional minister and worked two years as the Executive Director for Pilgrim Pines Camp and Conference Center.
Gail also served as staff with the California Council of Churches as Southern California Director of Health Care, organizing the faith community to achieve meaningful health care reform.
Gail's expertise includes the processes of clergy boundaries, the journey of grief, older adult ministries, conflict management, healthy congregations and appreciative inquiry.
She has experience as a hospice chaplain, a college admissions counselor and marketing staff at a bank, and has a passion for justice for all of God's creation.
is married to the Rev. Dr. Bill Peterson.
She is an avid photographer and gardener and celebrates her role a grandmother.
The search committee and church council believe Gail
has unique qualities, gifts, and experience to begin First Church's journey of new beginnings.
Please join us this Sunday
to give Gail
a First Church welcome.
Special dessert to welcome our new Transitional Minister, Gail!