Meet the Pastor

20160528-_DSC5504Rev. Elizabeth Duffy has served as Pastor of Zion United Church of Christ since 2010. She lives in Amherst with her husband and two children.

Pastor Elizabeth has a Master’s in Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, and a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Lawrence University with a double major in Government and Religious Studies (or as she says, the two things you’re not supposed to talk about).

Pastor Elizabeth received her call to ministry when she was a sophomore at St. Lawrence; it was a powerful moment when God stopped Elizabeth in her tracks and spoke to her, not with an audible voice but with an overwhelming presence, telling Elizabeth that she needed to go to Seminary.

Pastor Elizabeth was raised in the Episcopal Church and the United Church of Christ. She then attended a United Methodist Divinity School and was ordained in the United Church of Christ. She considers herself a liberal-evangelical who is in love with the Lord and welcoming to all.

Want to know more? Come join us for worship or send the pastor an email. We hope to hear from you soon!

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Pastor’s Message

Dear Church,
There is so much happening in the church right now, it’s exciting! Everyone here at church, staff and volunteers, have been working hard to get the church ready for September. Teachers are ready to help mold the minds of our young ones. Choirs are rested up and ready to begin again. Church leaders (lay and ordained) have been working hard to get things ready for the fall. It’s an exciting time here at Zion UCC!
Even during the summer we still had a great turnout of kids and families. Just last night one of the parents mentioned how there are so many new families joining the church that they don’t know all of the other kids/parents. That’s a pretty great problem to have.
So as we kick off this church year, let’s get excited about what God is doing in this place. Because God IS at work in this place. Let’s encourage one another and pray for each other and the church. Let’s pray for our leaders (lay and ordained) as they dedicate themselves to helping this church grow and increase in ministry. Let’s invite the Holy Spirit to be a part of our lives and to be active in this place. The more we get involved in prayer and church life, the more God can do with us and among us.
And as we pray, let’s not forget about those in Texas experiencing devastating flooding; the flooding is so severe that they’re saying it rivals Katrina. Hold them in prayer, and if you’re able, please consider making a donation either online or in church. Out of all the ways you can donate, I recommend donating to the UCC’s disaster relief fund. Other organizations take from the donations to pay for their staff (and sometimes highly paid CEOs), but not the UCC’s disaster relief. Every single penny goes right to purchasing water, supplies, shelters, and resources for those affected by the floods. 
See you soon, and may God bless you today and every day.
In Christ’s love,
Pastor Elizabeth