OUR PASTORS

Reverend Alyssa Lodewick

Designated Term Pastor

Rev. Alyssa Lodewick serves as Designated Term Pastor for Woodfords Church. Rev. Alyssa previously worked as the Program and Communications Director of the Maine Philanthropy Center. She served as a Clinical Social Work Intern at New England Family Institute and Bowdoin College Counseling Service, before taking a Pastoral Intern position at Foreside Community Church as part of her MDiv program.  There, she helped support the congregation and provided a steady pastoral presence while the church’s settled minister was called away to deal with an illness in the family. Rev. Alyssa’s first ordainable position was as Associate Director at The BTS Center (formerly Bangor Theological Seminary). She is President of the Maine Council of Churches. 

Alyssa is passionate about helping people connect to God, to themselves and to each other: “When we build up individual resiliency, collaborate with one another, and embrace the Holy Spirit’s guidance, God can work with us to create lives, families, and communities that are healthy and justice-filled…I am also passionate about embracing the richness of God’s creation.  It is easy to talk about creating communities of peace and justice. It is harder to build them, because people hold divergent ideas of what God calls us to do. In my mind, this is well and good; human difference arises out of God’s love for diversity.”

Rev. Alyssa can be contacted at... alodewick@woodfordschurch.org.

Reverend Tamara Torres McGovern

Director of Intergenerational Education and Exchange

Rev. Tamara Torres McGovern experiences God in a great many places, but she is particularly interested in how the Divine expresses itself in and through our embodiment. As a massage therapist, yoga instructor, ritual weaver and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ she has had the opportunity to work with people at all ages and stages of life. Through these diverse modalities she seeks justice in the body-- both at an individual and collective level. 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 her time in seminary, Rev. Tamara spent time on the U.S./Mexico border exploring the theology embedded in people's border crossing narratives. Since then she has pastored in several communities including her current role as Director of Intergenerational Engagement at Woodfords where she seeks to develop dynamic and thought provoking programs for elders and children alike. Rev. Tamara also serves as a Community Spiritual Advisor for Arise Portland, an emergent inter-spiritual community. She lives with her wonderful partner, their full-of-feelings toddler, and their neurotic-but-lovable dog. 

Rev. Tamara can be contacted at...

ttorresmcgovern@woodfordschurch.org

ABOUT US

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

in the United Church of Christ. 

CONTACT INFO

207-774-8243

info@woodfordschurch.org

202 Woodford St

Portland, ME 04103

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