Minister of Music................
The Rev. Joseph David Stinson
The Rev. Cindy
Dr. David Stinson
A native of Bonham, Texas, David earned a Bachelor of Arts from Texas Christian University in 1972. He received a Master of Divinity from Yale University in 1975 and a Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2006.
Mr. Stinson also served the United States Navy. He retired as a Rear Admiral, Deputy Chief of Chaplains for Reserve Matters and Director of Religious Programs, Marine Forces Reserve on September 30, 2010 following 31 years of service.
Ms. Cindy Reynolds
Originally from Farmington, Connecticut, Cindy received her BA from Central Connecticut State University and was an officer at the Connecticut National Bank (now Bank of America) for 25 years. But this was not her true calling. Cindy graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 1993 and since then has served churches in Newton, Massachusetts and Middlebury, Connecticut. In 2003, she was called to the Glen Ridge Congregational Church.
God has richly blessed our congregation over the years with good and able leadership (both clergy and laity) with a responsivness to the mandates of scripture, an enriched worship life, a committed and diverse Christian education program, faithful groups and individuals who have attended to both institutional and human needs, and with a location for doing mission work that is enhanced by the wide diversity of people and events that is unique to our setting in one of the world's great metropolitan areas.
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Founded in 1888
In January 1888, a special meeting was called to consider establishing a Union Church. Forty residents had signed the call. A committee was appointed to study the feasibility of such a church organization. The D. L. and W. Railroad offered its new station on Ridgwood Ave for holding Sunday services.
Our original membership was a blend of Methodists, Episcopalians, Dutch Reformists, Presbyterians and one Congregationalist. It would seem amazing, then, that we became a Congregational Church. The charter members recognized the need to blend ideas and ways of worship. The church was to be based on tolerance of others and the willingness to make concessions.
As a result, we became a church that provides a spiritual home for all Christians to find rest, comfort and strength while respecting others' beliefs. A truly United Church in an active, small town with a true community spirit, very similar to the original apostolic churches that were "parish churches" based on the friendliness of neighbors, drawn closer together in charity and a common faith in Jesus Christ.
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