Heather Sinclair to become new pastor of United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston


Heather Sinclair to become new pastor of United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

 

The Reverend Heather Sinclair has been named the next pastor of the United Methodist Church (UMC) of Westport and Weston, succeeding Rev. Ed Horne, who is retiring after serving as pastor of the church for the past 16 years. Pastor Sinclair’s first official Sunday service will take place on July 1, 2018.

 

Heather Sinclair was born and raised a Methodist in Westford, MA. She earned a B.A. in Religion from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. While there she was involved in the ecumenical student congregation of University Church, which led to both her call to ordained ministry and meeting her husband, Skip. After graduation, Heather served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Hartford, CT, worked at Foodshare, the greater Hartford food bank and Mercy Housing and Shelter Co.

 

Before and while attending Yale Divinity School, Heather was the Youth Director at Memorial UMC in Avon, CT and served as a student intern at East Pearl St. UMC in New Haven. She earned her Masters of Divinity in 2003 and was ordained as an Elder in Full Connection in the New York Annual Conference in 2007.

 

From 2003 to 2006, Rev. Sinclair served as the Associate Pastor for Nichols UMC in Trumbull CT. In 2006, she was appointed as the Pastor of First UMC in Shelton, CT. While at First UMC, Heather’s ministry with the congregation included preaching, teaching, and pastoral care to the congregation and community, including the Methodist Homes campus; mentoring a certified lay minister as an assistant to the pastor and empowering the ministry of several lay speakers/servants; developing a worship team in which staff and laity worked together to plan seasonal worship; re-starting Vacation Bible School, which led to increased Sunday School attendance; leading youth on United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission for Youth summer mission trips; coordinating an emergency response team to Massapequa, NY following Hurricane Sandy. During her time at First UMC from 2006 to 2013, Heather connected with the community through the Shelton Clergy Association, Griffin Hospital and as a delegate for the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport.

 

Most recently, Rev. Sinclair has been the pastor of First UMC Greenwich, CT, where the focus of her ministry has been visioning for the future, including creating and meeting measurable goals and increasing the church’s visibility in the community. During her tenure she has developed a prayer box ministry with prayer collection points around town that bring in dozens of prayers which are lifted up on Sunday mornings and in a monthly service. Reflecting her passion for leading creative and inspiring inter-generational worship, the church has hosted a large community-wide Live Nativity, which has attracted hundreds of people.

 

Rev. Sinclair has also served as the President of the Greenwich Fellowship of Clergy and member of the United Way Community Planning Council; written regularly for The Greenwich Sentinel; and connected with Faith on Faith, Journey Mates and Greenwich Leadership Forum, all interfaith and interdenominational groups. She has been involved in various district and conference ministries, currently serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry, as co-chair of the Annual Conference Worship Team and as a Pastoral Excellence Group leader. She is trained to assist with pastoral transitions and as a clergy candidate mentor.

 

Pastor Sinclair and her husband Skip, an attorney in Fairfield, have two daughters, both of whom are active in Girl Scouts, dance and sailing. When not actively involved in her many church-related activities, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, reading, cooking, yoga and sailing.


 

About United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston

The United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston is a 225 year-old congregation located at 49 Weston Road in Westport, CT (sitting on what is affectionately known as “Rabbit Hill"). The church is best described through its vision of creating an open and welcoming fellowship that communicates God's love for all people, with a diverse membership that goes into the world to spread that love in both words and deeds. Respected as both a unifying and hospitable presence in both local communities, UMC Westport & Weston is held together by the congregation's desire to know, to live, and to share the love of Jesus with all who are  interested. Learn more about the church at www.westportumc.org

 

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12 Jun 2018