50-year ordinands honored

6/13/2015

During the 216th Annual Meeting on June 13, the Massachusetts Conference recognized 10 ministers with standing in the Conference who celebrated the 50th anniversary of their ordination this year. 

The following were recognized:

The Rev. Dr. Richard Aubin-Fischer received his B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, NY, attended the New School for Social Research in New York, NY, and earned his M.Div. at Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA and a D.Min. from Andover Newton Theological School. He was ordained on October 17, 1965 in the Connecticut Conference. Dr. Aubin-Fischer served churches in many parts of the country including Brockton and Dartmouth, Massachusetts; San Francisco, California; Green Farms, Connecticut; and Cumberland, Peace Dale and Tiverton, Rhode Island. Some of his work projects have included mission trips to Illinois, Germany, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Cuba. He has been a pastoral counselor and a clinical psychologist as well as an intentional interim minister. For 30 years he has been involved in the Media Ministry/Rhode Island Council of Churches as Director of Television Productions, interviewing many interesting people including Cesar Chavez. Dr. Aubin-Fischer and his wife Gail have four children and four grandchildren. The Aubin-Fischers are currently living in Westport, Massachusetts.

The Rev. Mr. Duke T. Gray graduated from Drexel University in 1961, and attended St. Lawrence University Theological School, Boston University Theological School, and Meadville Lombard Theological School. He was ordained on November 7, 1965 by the First Unitarian Congregational Society, Church of the Savior in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Gray served churches in Malden, Templeton, Berlin, Gardner, Auburn, and Swampscott, Massachusetts, as well as churches in New York, Illinois, Maine and New Hampshire. He has also been a field education supervisor at Harvard Divinity School and Meadville Lombard Theological School. He is married to Gloria and has two children and five grandchildren. Mr. Gray is currently an interim minister in Chester, New Hampshire and a member of the Committee on Ministerial Standing, Northeast Association, MACUCC.

The Rev. Ms. Emily Preston was ordained in Andover, MA in 1965. She graduated from Boston University in 1961 and earned her M.Div. in 1966 and S.T.M. in 1970 from Andover Newton Theological School. Ms. Preston served a church in Hawaii and four churches in New Hampshire. She was school Chaplain at Garrison Forest School in Garrison, Maryland, a house parent at Kurn Hattin Homes in Westminster, Vermont and Associate Conference Minister in the Genesee Valley, New York. She is still a supply pastor, Meals-On-Wheels worker, Red Cross volunteer, GED tutor, and foster parent, and she enjoys having had many rescue dogs over the years. Ms. Preston currently lives in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

The Rev. Mr. Richard A. Stoehr was ordained at the Congregational Church of South Dennis on October 10, 1965. He earned his B.A. from Middlebury College in 1958 and his B.D. from Andover Newton Theological School in 1968. Mr. Stoehr has served many churches in Massachusetts including First Congregational Church, Brimfield, Ashby Congregational Church, Pawtucket Congregational Church in Lowell, Community Church of Pepperell, Rollstone Congregational Church in Fitchburg, and Congregational Church of South Dennis. Mr. Stoehr is actively involved in ecumenical, association and conference activities. He and his wife Judith have retired to Center Sandwich, New Hampshire where they’ve been actively involved in the local church and the Sandwich Historical Society. They have a son and daughter and six grandchildren.

The Rev. Dr. Harry R. Flad earned his M.Div. from Bangor Theological School and his Ph.D. from Boston College. He was ordained on June 13, 1965 in the Rockingham Association of the New Hampshire Conference. Dr. Flad served churches in Cambridge, East Longmeadow, Needham, Southborough, and Westborough, Massachusetts as well as churches in New York and New Hampshire. He was also an Association Conference Minister in the Central area of the Massachusetts Conference. He and his wife Margaret have children in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Dr. Flad currently lives in Sandwich, Massachusetts.

The Rev. Mr. Bruce Breuer currently lives in Springfield, Massachusetts; The Rev. Mr. David Kingman Cain currently lives in West Newton, Massachusetts; The Rev. Dr. J. Earl Thompson Jr. currently lives in St. Augustine, Florida; The Rev. Mr. Leighton J. Foss currently lives in Lake Wales, Florida; and The Rev. Mr. William N. Maravell currently lives in Putney, Vermont.


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