Conference Announces Several Clergy Transitions


The Rhode Island Conference is seeing a number of clergy transitions take place this season.
  1. Licensed Pastor Warren Marble has come out of a brief time of retirement to resume his ministry at the First Congregational Church of Warwick UCC by congregational vote in November, 2017.
  2. Rev. Yong Hwan Noh became the Interim pastor of the First Korean Church in Cranston, RI in early November, 2017.
  3. Rev. John Eklund was called to become the full time pastor of the congregation of Chepachet Union Church on November 19, 2017 after serving as Interim pastor for the past few years.
  4. Rev. Paul Bizer departs from Peace Dale Congregational Church after 15 years of service as Pastor after services on Dec. 31st.  He and his wife are moving to Florida, where she has a new position.
  5. Rev. Gary Bagley departs from Edgewood Congregational Church in Cranston, RI after 5 years of service as Pastor after services on Dec. 24th
  6. Rev. Gary Bagley will become the Bridge Interim at the Peace Dale Congregational Church as of Jan. 2, 2018.
  7. Rev. Sharon Key, Bridge Interim at First Congregational Church UCC in Bristol, will complete her Bridge Interim ministry after services on Dec. 31st
  8. Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose will begin his ministry as the Pastor at First Congregational Church UCC in Bristol on Jan. 2, 2018.
  9. Word was received of the recent December death of the Rev. John Avedis Zarifian in Montreal, Canada.

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