Our Interim Minister
Rev. Kent Schneider is a graduate of The Chicago Theological Seminary and a minister with the United Church of Christ. He was ordained at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art to direct the Center for Contemporary Celebration, an ecumenical ministry which encourages churches to create new hymns, design worship services using the arts of music, drama, dance and speaking words to express the faith of the gathered people. He is a professional trumpeter, composer and writer. His hymn "There's A Church Within Us" is included in many church publications.
Pastor Kent brings an enthusiastic spirit to pastoral ministry. "I look for the creative gift that God has given each person," he says, "and I encourage everyone to use their gifts in our shared ministry. We all have a special part to play in growing the church. That's why people are coming to the First Congregational Church in Farmington. They want to be a part of something that is making a difference in people's lives. We are a church family that values each person and celebrates the individual's creative ability. We are experiencing how God's Love is at work within us, transforming our lives each day. It is an exciting place to be!"
Pastor Kent and his wife Betty have shared in church ministries in Fort Myers, Florida, in New Orleans, Louisiana and now in New Hampshire. They live in a village at the foothills of Mount Chocorua in an 1860 Victorian farmhouse with three miniature Dachshunds puppies named "Vienna", "Kleina", and "Schmit" and a barn full of marionettes and puppets. Betty owns and operates her own business "Scandinavian Baking" and is a talented drummer and guitarist. Together, they perform in concert with bands playing traditional New Orleans jazz.