Our Pastor

Rev. Cynthia Batten
                                  
Born and raised in Vermont, I graduated from UVM and taught middle school science. I am a wife, mother of three and grandmother of three. Although I loved teaching, after many family challenges, I realized faith, more than education helped us to "get through" the difficult times.  I attended Andover-Newton Theological School to earn a Master of Divinity degree.  I served as pastor and teacher at Charlestown, NH for 6 1/2 years before coming to West Newbury.

I am passionate about worship, Bible study, music and mission/stewardship. Our partnership with our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe is strong and vital.  My two visits to Zimbabwe opened my eyes and heart to them, as they have shared and inspired me.  I celebrate the many missions that people in this church support - both local and global, and the strong music ministry.

Ecumenical events with other churches and clergy colleagues in this area are meaningful to me and keep us connected to the wider Church.


Our Ministers

  • 1865 - 1869                        David Connell
  • 1870 - 1875                        Robert D. Miller
  • 1875 - 1888                        Amzi Lyon
  • 1888 - 1890                        Edward Smith
  • 1892 - 1896                        Chalmer Coolidge
  • 1896 - 1898                        Ralph Abercombee
  • 1899 - 1901                        George Furness
  • 1901 - 1902                        Lewis Atwood
  • 1902 - 1903                        Gilbert Curtis
  • 1904 - 1906                        Elbridge Torry
  • 1906 - 1908                        George Chaplin
  • 1908 - 1910                        George Fuller
  • 1911 - 1913                        David James
  • 1914 - 1916                        James Richmond
  • 1919 - 1921                        William McNeal
  • 1921 - 1922                        Arthur Atwood
  • 1923 - 1928                        J. Newton Perrin
  • 1928 - 1935                        E. C. Sargent
  • 1935 - 1941                        John Emerson
  • 1941 - 1947                        E. C. Sargent
  •                                          George Scrambler 7/46 - 12/46
  • 1948 - 1951                        Timothy G. Padden
  • 1952 - 1953                        John Colburn
  • 1953 - 1958                        Hugh Reed
  • 1958                                  Jeffery Atwater
  • 1958 - 1962                        Clifford Newton
  • 1963                                  David Norris 
  • 1963 - 1972                        John Marsh
  • 1972 - 1978                        Adrian Rene Aeschliman
  • 1979 - 1982                        Joseph DeCoeur
  • 1983 - 1985                        Gary Waite
  • 1985 - 1993                        Alden Launer
  • 1993 - 1995                        Deborah Perrigo
  • 1995 - 1996                        Thomas Kinder
  • 1997 - 1999                        Steven Seminerio
  • 1999 - 2004                        Donald Towle
  • 2004 -                                Cynthia J. Batten