We are blessed to have the Rev. Tom Lenhart joining us as our preacher during the month of November. Tom has been coming to the Boothbay Region for 69 years, and he has a summer house in East Boothbay. His father, also a UCC Minister, preached at our church for many years in the summer, and his Memorial Service was held here. As Tom has noted, he comes to us with a long and warm connection to our church.
Tom practiced law for many years after graduating from Columbia and Columbia Law School. He specialized in litigation and special investigations. Concurrently, he was very active in his local UCC church. In 2002, after 30 years in legal practice, he answered a different call and entered Harvard Divinity School, graduating with an MDiv in 2005.
Tom has served as a settled pastor or an interim pastor for several churches in New York and Maryland, and he is currently Theologian in Residence at his home church in Ipswich, MA. Tom’s wife, Lynn, has been a Christian Educator for 18 years, and giving us the added bonus of her talents during the Children’s Messages in November.
During the month of December our beloved Ken Bradsell will cover the pulpit. Rev. Ken Bradsell and his wife, Marcia, are members of our congregation. The Bradsells relocated their US residence to Boothbay Harbor from Ridgewood, NJ in 2015. Ken had just retired from the executive staff of the Reformed Church in America where he served as director of operations and chief of staff for the General Synod of the church and chief operating officer for the church’s insurance and retirement corporation. The Bradsells locked up their home on Linekin Bay as soon as the movers were done in January 2015, stayed a few days with Marianne Reynolds (an old friend from NJ), then departed for two years of post-retirement work in the Sultanate of Oman (with summers at home in Boothbay Harbor). Ken served the congregations of the Protestant Church in Oman as its lead pastor and served as liaison for all Protestant and Orthodox ministries in Oman with that country’s Ministry of Religious Affairs.
Prior to his service on the executive staff of the Reformed Church, Ken served pastorates in Douglaston, Long Island, Montgomery Township, NJ and Albany, NY. Ken and Marcia are the parents of three grown children: Adam, Mark, and Rachel, and the grandparents of Sam and Beau Bradsell.