|Rev. Darrell Goodwin interviews Rev. Stephanie Haskins|
Responding to an introduction of herself, Rev. Haskins shared that she is a mid-westerner who came to New England by invitation when the Niantic church began looking for a new minister. Rev. Haskins went to seminary in New England and said she loved the region and the people. But it was the community aspect of Niantic that really drew her to the church.
"We've started to say, "community is our middle name," and I'm really excited for the ways in which we have, and I think we'll do more to be in the community," she said.
Highlighting the point that Rev. Haskins was invited to explore the Niantic minister position, Rev. Goodwin asked what Rev. Haskins believed allowed her to be so open to this opportunity.
Rev. Haskins said she knew in her heart that she need something new. "I do see that people are doing a lot of reflection in this time, "she said. "and I think it takes some courage to say, you know what, this isn't working for me."
Rev, Haskins was excited to share that the church just hired a new Communications and Office Manager who had started only the morning of the interview. In that short time, the new person had left an impact on the pastor. Rev. Haskins shared that the church had moved online immediately at the beginning of the pandemic and that they are now exploring the ways that they can continue to embrace a hybrid way of doing ministry with the help of the new communications person.
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Drew Page is the Media and Data Manager for the Southern New England Conference, and a member of the Conference's Communications Team. He writes and edits news, blogs, and devotionals, produces video, and spends a week each summer as a Dean at Silver...