Reverend Mrs. Rachel L. V. Bickford Ordained in 1995, the Reverend Mrs. Rachel L. V. Bickford comes to us with a great deal of education and experience. She received her BA from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain Connecticut,with a degree in Political Science and a minor in English Literature, and her Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in Newton Centre, Massachusetts where she served two terms as the Student Executive Officer. During her education at Andover Newton, she completed a clinical practicum in Pastoral Education at the Saints Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, and also received the MA Bible Society Award for Liturgical Reading of Scripture. She currently serves with the Braintree Clergy Association, NACCC and various groups within the United Church of Christ. Director of Christian Music
In addition to her formal education, Rev. Bickford has also furthered her training by completing a number of professional development certification programs including those which address issues such as: drug and gang violence prevention, boundary awareness training and training in dealing with children who are struggling with issues of bereavement.
Her gifts include experience in developing a thriving, active junior/senior high youth ministry and passionately preaching the Word of God. She is active in bringing people hope throughout the community through hands-on mission and service projects. She makes pastoral care a priority and considers it a privilege to serve the Lord in this manner.
Rev. Bickford is active in the local community. She has served and serves as an active participant in the South Shore MA Habitat for Humanity, Heifer International, serves on the Board of Directors for Union Towers Elderly Housing in Weymouth, supports children's theatre and the arts throughout the South Shore, as well as a volunteer Chaplain for Father Bill’s Place/Mainspring in Quincy, MA. She was appointed for two three- year terms to the Town Recreation Commission by the Mayor of Weymouth. And is currently a drop off coordinator for Operation Christmas Child which delivers gifts and the Gospel message in shoeboxes throughout the world.
Reverend Mrs. Bickford has been married to her husband Peter since 1995 and they are raising their daughter Emma Faith to live a Christian life here in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Director of Bell and Junior Choir - Vanessa Young
Director of Youth and Young Adults - Robert Caldeira Jr.
Secretary - Robin Chamberlain
Church Administrator - Richard Hurley
Sexton - George Brown
Robin Chamberlain, Reverend Mrs. Rachel L. V. Bickford, Annetta Esselstyn, Annetta Esselstyn