At a special meeting after worship on March 3, 2019, the members of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, United Church of Christ, voted unanimously to call the Rev. Elizabeth Gleich to serve as their new, full-time associate pastor.
The vote was the resolution of a year-long discernment process which began in March 2018 with the formation of a search committee and the gathering of input from church members and friends. The process continued with the posting of the position on the national website of the United Church of Christ in July, and the evaluation of candidates from August through the end of the year, and culminated during the snowstorm of January 20, when an unfazed Rev. Gleich demonstrated great skill and adaptability as she led a special “neutral pulpit” service for the search committee and two dozen hearty worshippers at the First Congregational Church of Burlington.
Rev. Gleich currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Children and Youth Ministries at the First Church of Christ, Congregational, in Glastonbury, Connecticut. A native of Minnesota, she graduated from the College of St. Benedict, in St. Joseph, MN with a bachelor’s degree in Theology and Peace Studies in 2012, and received her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in 2015. Prior to her current position, Rev. Gleich served for a year as a full-time chaplain resident in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at New York Presbyterian Hospital and, prior to that, as a part-time chaplain intern at the Connecticut Mental Health Center.
The members and staff of the Congregational Church of Middlebury are thrilled to welcome Rev. Gleich to the church family, and eagerly await the start of her tenure in late May.