Welcome New Members! Nov. 22, 2020
Rev. Charlotte and Ken Bell
Charlotte came to the United States as a toddler with her parents and older brother from The Netherlands. They were sponsored by the World Council of Churches and the Old Stone Church UCC, East Haven, CT. Charlotte and Ken’s parents met through church and grew to be forever friends; and Ken and Charlotte have known each other since childhood through this connection. Little did the two families know that they would be united by Charlotte and Ken’s marriage, now 47 years!
Over the years, Charlotte has worked as a medical social worker in variety of settings. She has a lifetime of being called into the ministry, first as a chaplain, and followed by ministering in church settings. She enjoys time with family, gardening, kayaking, walking, jigsaw puzzles, singing in two area choruses, and volunteering at York Hospital. Ken served 20 years in US Air Force, retiring in 1996. He then spent the next 22 years in the Defense Industry as an Aerospace Engineer and program manager. In 2018, Ken began working as an independent consultant to the Air Force; he continues this work from home now, and by commuting to customer offices in Bedford, MA when necessary. Ken has been honored to serve prior churches in several roles including being a Deacon, serving on and as chair of the board of Trustees, and as the church treasurer. Charlotte and Ken relocated to Southern Maine from New Hampshire in 2018 and currently reside in Arundel. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren, and share their home with two senior cats.
Rev Susan Townsley
I was born in Germany, and my family moved back there when I was in late elementary school. My parents bribed me with a cat to go to German School. The cat ran away and I was stuck. Verfluckt! After a challenging first 6 months, all was well. I've lost most of my German, but I am studying it now on Duolingo!
I studied Ballet for most of my life. I gave it up about 5 years ago. There are too many mirrors in a ballet studio, and I decided I was better off breathing and looking inward with Yoga than attempting to imagine myself in a tutu.
I have 3 siblings, located in South of San Francisco, in Steamboat Springs CO, and in the Newburgh NY area. I am the youngest. My husband Greg's father is Jewish and his family identifies as culturally Jewish, though not particularly religiously so. Our children grew up with Chanukah and Passover celebrations alongside Christmas and Easter. While living full time in Cape Neddick, Milt and Carol were very involved in the Diversity Forum of York, the Library, in advocating for same gender marriage and in End 68 Hours of Hunger. All this brought them in touch with many of the clergy in the York area.
Leonard Zecchini attended schools in Andover, Massachusetts and the University of Maine, Orono, Electrical Engineering. He then attended the University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Industrial Management. He worked at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery supporting the construction and overhaul of nuclear submarines. He resigned his naval assignment to attend Andover Newton Theological School. Leonard was called as pastor of a parish of three congregations in the Evangelical and Reformed tradition in Pennsylvania. He then moved to New Haven, CT and counselled at Goodwill Industries. Later, Leonard moved to Sewanee, Tennessee where he married Ruth Smyres, an Occupational Therapist. They have celebrated 42 years together.
Ruth and Leonard set out on a Sarah and Abraham type of journey, seeing where the Lord would lead them. They settled in Springfield, Massachusetts where Leonard did research for Monsanto and later was a counselor with a substance abuse rehab program. Leonard then set up a pastoral care program at a hospital in New Hampshire. Following that ministry, Leonard re-entered parish ministry, serving as Interim Pastor with nine congregations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In addition, Leonard has been a hospital chaplain with the VA Medical Center in Manchester and Saint Joseph Hospital in Nashua. Two years ago, Leonard retired from church and hospital ministry and moved with Ruth and 19-year-old Magnificat, to Huntington Common in Kennebunk.