Woodfords Congregational Church is a Just-Peace and Open-And-Affirming Congregation

in the United Church of Christ. 




202 Woodford St

Portland, ME 04103

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Rev. James W. Fletcher serves part-time as Elder Chaplain on the Woodfords staff. During the transition from the retirement of our previous senior pastor to a newly hired designated minister, Rev. Jim is serving as transitional minister. His duties include training and supervision of the Lay Ministry Program, visiting the elderly, preaching, and developing training programs which deal with serving the spiritual needs of our church’s growing elderly population. He is an ordained UCC minister and has served several churches in Maine. He is also trained in professional interim ministry and in this capacity has pastored churches in Kansas and Massachusetts. Additionally, he has served in several capacities on the local, association, conference and national settings of the United Church of Christ. Jim, as he prefers to be called, brings more than 50 years of pastoral leadership skills to his position at Woodfords. He and his wife Paula live in Scarborough. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Jim’s hobbies include hiking, biking, x-country skiing and listening to anything by J.S. Bach.

Rev. Jim can be contacted at... jfletcher@woodfordschurch.org

Reverend James W. Fletcher

Transitional Minister & Elder Chaplain

Reverend Tamara Torres McGovern

Director of Intergenerational Education and Exchange

Rev. Tamara graduated with a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary and received her Bachelor's degree at Mount Holyoke College. A native Spanish speaker, during seminary she spent time on the U.S./Mexico border working on affordable housing and workers rights education. She also facilitated national trainings with Episcopal Relief and Development's US Disaster Response team. Since seminary Rev. Tamara has served as the Associate Minister at South Church in Granby, CT and at First Parish in Gorham, ME. She lives in Portland with her partner, their daughter, and their Puerto Rican street dog. Tamara oversees the Grant Fund Program (for members over 65 years of age) and our Sunday School Program and preaches. She enjoys finding opportunities for education and FUN all along the life spectrum.

Rev. Tamara can be contacted at...