In his email signature, Don includes the words: “Because I believe that living the Love and Justice of Jesus will Transform our people, parishes and planet.” Those words rise from the heart of our Conference and TA1 vision. They also come from the heart of his calling to ministry.
Don has served in our Massachusetts Conference for 4 decades. Much of that has happened in the North and South Shore regions where he has served as a bi-vocational and multi-charge pastor in Quincy, youth and family ministries in Weymouth, an Associate Pastor in Beverly, a Solo then Senior Pastor in Hanover, and a part time pastor in Winchester. During those decades he also offered volunteer leadership with our Conference in the area of outdoor ministry, faith formation, and church vision, vitality and development.
Don has served on our MACUCC Board of Directors, chairing it twice. Since 2009, Don has ministered to the ministries of Jesus Christ on our Conference Staff as an Associate Conference Minister in the northeast and southeast regions.
Beyond the Church, Don has chaired the Northern Massachusetts Long Term Recovery Group (following the Holy Week Floods of 2010 that impacted hundreds of homes). He has also served on the first Board of Directors for CDA; the Center for Collaborative Learning, that seeks to help governments and non-government agencies learn from the local level better ways for peacemaking and human development. In addition, Don has offered church leadership trainings across the country for churches seeking renewal and vision through the Hope Partnership, Disciples of Christ, New Beginnings program.
During his years in ministry Don has become certified in parenting education (through Active Parenting), marriage enrichment (with his wife through the Association of Couples for Marriage Enrichment), critical incident stress (through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and American Red Cross, working mainly with first responders during times of disaster and trauma), and interim ministry (with the Interim Ministry Network). He is currently working on certification in coaching (with the International Coaching Federation). Don loves to learn: believing strongly that ‘no problem can be solved out of the same level of consciousness that created it” (a quote attributed to Einstein). Don sees that belief as a significant force for healing, growth and transformation for people, our culture and our churches as we live in this profound time of change. And Don believes that awakening our faith and consciousness and that of our churches will always center on the wisdom of Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.”
His background includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine at Orono. Following graduation, he entered seminary at Andover Newton Theological School, through which he did field education in Malden, MA and an internship in West Hartford, CT. Baptized a Baptist, Confirmed and Ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA, Don’s faith journey has traveled diverse roads through the Catholic Charismatic and Monastic movements and Buddhism into our United Church of Christ.
Don is married to the Rev. Ms. Sue Remick who currently serves as an Interim Pastor in Massachusetts. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, martial arts and, particularly, spending time with his wife, his children and their spouses, and his grandchildren.