Chelsea Community Church (CCC) is lay-led, but we do have a pastoral counselor — a clergyperson or seminarian — to work with us. Our pastoral counselor attends Sunday worship services and the hospitality hour which follows, is available for pastoral counseling and visiting the sick or shut-ins as needed, performs sacramental services — baptisms, weddings, funerals and memorial services, home blessings, etc. — as needed, preaches for us every six to eight weeks, and attends our Board of Trustees meetings upon request. Sometimes other functions are developed depending on the gifts and interests of the individual pastoral counselor. Previous pastoral counselors include Rev. Jerry Fargo (twice), Minister Valerie Eley, Rev. Fran Sherwood, Rev. Dr. Karen Ziegler and, most recently, Rev. John Magisano.
Rev. Elizabeth A. (Beth) Perry
Our new pastoral counselor, Rev. Elizabeth A. (Beth) Perry, has more than 20 years in pastoral experience in small and mid-size congregations, including counseling and spiritual direction. More recently, she has also been an educator, writer, consultant and public speaker. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, she now has Privilege of Call in the United Church of Christ. She holds an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary and is now a Safe Sanctuary consultant working to protect children from abuse. Ready to join us on September13, Beth says “I am glad for this opportunity to become a part of Chelsea Community Church! I’m looking forward to getting to know you all individually as well as to finding ways we can work together corporately to be the church in the community!” You can contact her at email@example.com.