The Reverend AbbyLynn Haskell
One of AbbyLynn’s deepest joys is sharing stories of faith. She is very thankful that the worshipping community in Acton nurtures and supports this joy. Abby first learned to love the wonder of stories and storytelling from her home church in Bangor, Maine. She studied more about this art when she attended Bangor Theological Seminary where she received her M.Div in 1999. She has served churches in New Hampshire and Maine in the roles of associate pastor, director of program development and pastor and firmly believes storytelling to be a vibrant way of shaping community, worship and pastoral care that effectively shares the Gospel.
AbbyLynn is working on her Doctorate of Ministry in Semiotics, Church and Culture at Portland Seminary of George Fox University. Her project focus is creating experiential, participatory, image rich and relationally connected Biblical storytelling curriculum for Maine School of Ministry, where she serves as an instructor.
Another significant joy in her life is the camping ministry at Pilgrim Lodge where she has served as staff, dean and counselor and on the Outdoor Ministries Committee for the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ.
AbbyLynn also finds sailing to be a joy and is a USCG Captain and runs a coastal sailing retreat business with her husband that operates out of Saco Bay. Abby’s greatest joy is Jesus.
Reverend Melissa Marquis is the church's Associate Pastor. She leads the older youth activities (grades 6-12), minister's to the adults in the congregation, organizes special events (healing services, Logos, grief groups, confirmation) and co leads worship with Pastor Abby two times a month, filling in as preacher from time to time. Melissa is originally from Rhode Island, moving to Maine in 1999. She attended under graduate school at Rhode Island College graduating with degrees in Social Work and Psychology. For the last 14 years she has worked as a Risk Management Coordinator at One Sky Community services in Portsmouth, NH serving adults with intellectual disabilities and high risk behaviors. Melissa started attending Bangor Theological Seminary in the Fall 2006. She graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2011 and was ordained in 2013. In October 2013, Melissa was commissioned as a 1 LT in the Maine Air National Guard and is serving as a Chaplain to the 101st Air refueling Wing in Bangor. Melissa is the first female military Chaplain in the state of Maine! Melissa lives in Acton with her husband Bob. She has two children, Emily-Rose and Meredith, four step-children: Gary, Bobby, Jason and Jessica and seven step-grandchildren: Dylan, Matthew, Katherine, Connor, Ella, Kelsey and Ava.
The Reverend Melissa Marquis, Associate Pastor
The Reverend Seth A. Hurd, Minister of Music
Seth A. Hurd is a native of Maine and resides in Acton. He earned a Bachelor of Music Degree with emphases in Organ and Conducting at the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix (AZ). While at UNH, he was a student conductor of the University Concert Choir and on tours in Jamaica and New York under the instruction of Cleveland L. Howard, Jr. while also studying conducting with Stanley Hettinger. He also studied with Ruth Edwards (piano), John Skelton (organ, harpsichord) and Margaret Herlihey (oboe, english horn). He was ordained as an interfaith minister through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine following a 2 year course of study.
After his graduate degree in business he pursued a career in finance spanning private industry, public education, municipal government. He served as the Director of Finance and Operations at Berwick Academy in South Berwick, Maine from 2001 – 2013 when he took the opportunity to advance to the role of Director of Visual & Performing Arts and Campus Operations. He is currently the Director of Information Systems at the Academy.
Mr. Hurd has worked in a number of non-profit arenas and has held positions on the local school board, finance committees, and the Old Berwick Historical Society. He is currently the Music Director for the Acton Congregational Church (Acton, Maine), a former Director of Music and Organist at the North Parish Congregational Church in Sanford, Maine, a former Director (1993-1998) of the Sanford Community Chorus and a former Director (2005-2007) of the Seaglass Chorale (Kennebunk) and the Granite State Choral Society (Rochester, NH).
Maxine is married to John Crouch, a retired school teacher and they reside in Shapleigh with their devoted dog, Webster (who is also the official office greeter). Her daughter Kelly gave her three beautiful granddaughters, Kaitlyn, Lindsay, and Mallory, and her son Stephen gave her two more beautiful grandchildren, Brenda and James. She grew up in the Kittery schools, graduating from Traip Academy. After attending USM, she received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and worked with adults in that field, retiring in 1991. Maxine has been working in the church office for 12 years this April, enjoying the friendly atmosphere of her home church.
Maxine Crouch, Office Manager