Associate Conference Minister for Communications
The Massachusetts Conference has called the Rev. Dr. Patricia A. Kogut, pastor of the North Congregational Church in Middleboro and a highly accomplished vitality coach, as the new half-time Associate Conference Minister serving in the Southeast Area.
The current ACM in the Southeast, the Rev. Don Remick, is moving into the role of Transitional Interim Minister and President. He is taking the place of current Conference Minister the Rev. Dr. Jim Antal, who is retiring July 1.
“I am very excited with the choice of our Conference’s search team," Remick said. "Patty brings a wealth of experience into this new role. She blends insight and knowledge with a pastor’s heart. And she is already known to many of us in her ministry with churches and church vitality.”
Kogut will continue to serve part-time at the Middleboro church while serving the Conference. Kogut will only be taking on Remick's duties in the region, which includes assisting with pastoral searches and transitions and providing other support to churches and pastors and working with the Barnstable, Old Colony and Pilgrim Associations. She will not be taking on Remick's other work, which includes working with the disaster resource team, providing programming and resources around evangelism and church growth, staffing the interim ministry and working with the Annual Meeting worship committee.
Kogut said she is very excited for the opportunity to take on this new ministry.
"For me, it felt like the right next step as far as being able to serve the conference and the wider church," she said. "I’m excited about the possibilities. I have passion for working with churches around getting to the core of who they are and where God is calling them to be."
While serving in Middleboro over the past 19 years, Kogut chaired the Old Colony Committee on Ministry and served on the Old Colony Board, and she currently serves on the Massachusetts Conference board. She is in the process of being certified as a Coach with the International Coaching Federation, has served as a vitality coach for Conference churches and is certified and experienced in conflict facilitation and mediation as well as pastoral counseling. Kogut, a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School, lives in Middleboro and has two children in college, Lucy and Nathaniel.
The search committee that unanimously recommended Kogut received applications from eight people in four states, and conducted face-to-face interviews with three candidates. The position was posted nationally via the UCC Employment Opportunities, and was distributed to the national UCC Personnel Director and to all Conference Ministers with encouragement to share with qualified candidates.
Serving on the search committee were Angie Menke Ballou, Pastor of Cotuit Federated Church, Philomena Hare, Interim Pastor at the Federated Church of Hyannis, Greta MacRae, Pastor of the Lakeville United Church of Christ, Paul Thomas, a member of Old South Union Church, Weymouth, and Jim Antal.
"The Search Team was impressed with Patty's sense of call to Conference Ministry," Ballou said. "She has a passion for the local church, while maintaining a connection to the larger church. Her experience with the Committee on Ministry will allow her to smoothly transition into assisting our local churches and pastors through the costs and joys of discipleship. Patty brings both spiritual depth and joyful levity."
Many people across the Conference got to glimpse Kogut's playful side last month at Super Saturday, where she dressed up as a leprechaun after successfully raising more than $700 for the Friends of the Conference as part of a social media challenge.
Kogut said she is looking forward to getting out and listening to people as part of her new role.
" I want to get to know people, to build relationships, to hear what people’s needs and concerns are," she said. "It is an exciting time with the proposed transition to the new, unified Conference. I look forward to helping interpret that for churches."