I first came to Brunswick Church in the early fall of 1974 — and hung around for 38 years. It was a much smaller congregation then in a much smaller building. But the warm welcome and willingness to grow in grace were present then as they are now. It was a high honor and privilege to serve as a pastor in such a congregation. My tenure ended in the fall of 2012 and the memories of my time in Brunswick are rich and many.
While there I developed a love of Sunfish sailing. I also root for the Red Sox, to the chagrin of much of the church staff (this is looking like a good century for the Boston crew). I collect books about Abraham Lincoln, more than I will ever read, but I have read a good many. Rachel and I love being with our daughters Teressa and Lisa, sons-by-marriage Rajiv and Matt, grandsons Brennan and Evan and granddaughter Zora. Rajiv and Teressa live in Rochester, with one son graduating from college in 2020 and and the other from high school in 2020. Lisa, Matt, and Zora are based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Lisa works for the Peace Corps (though they are stateside as I write this due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. They will return to Cambodia as soon as clearance is given).
A year after my retirement from Brunswick, Rachel and I moved to Henrietta, in greater-Rochester. I am an adjunct professor at Northeastern Seminary, teaching preaching several times a year, and occasionally other courses (biblical leadership at the D. Min level every three years and Presbyterian polity on demand) and preaching many Sundays in this new area. I am honored to be called pastor emeritus by Brunswick Church.