Letter to Congregation
Reverend MaryAnn Purtill
November 15, 2017
Let me first say how happy and humbled I am to be writing to you, offering a bit about myself.
It is my hope and prayer that through worship, prayer and learning we would come to know each
other in a deeper way.
While I currently hail from Glastonbury, CT. I am originally from the East End of Long Island,
a community not unlike Marion.
I moved to Connecticut in 1984, after marrying, and have enjoyed the benefits of raising my son,
co-owning a small business, and ultimately accepting my call to become an ordained minister
with the UCC.
I met that call from God while standing upon a hillside in the village of Chedzi in the Central
African country of Malawi. I had gone there with my church for a three week mission program.
Mission and service are at the heart of my ministry; that anytime we care for another we are
preaching the gospel of Christ.
My formal education came from Andover Newton Theological School, in Newton MA. While I
was in seminary I was a Student Intern with the Windsor Congregational Church, a chaplain with
Hartford Hospital and Director of Christian Education with the St James Episcopal Church,
Upon graduation I joined the Marlborough Congregational Church, where I have served as an
Associate Pastor, and I became a staff chaplain with The Masonic Health Center.
Each ministerial setting has provided numerous and varied teachings and challenges; deepening
my commitment to serve God, affirming my ministry, broadening my abilities, and sharpening
Ever thankful for God’s holy hand to guide me, I once again express my gratitude for the
opportunity you present me with.