The Rev. Darren L. Morgan has been an Associate Conference Minister of the Maine Conference United Church of Christ since May 2008. His current responsibilities include: staffing four of our seven Associations – Katahdin, Living Water, Oxford-Union, and Sunrise; staffing the Conference Resource Teams – Clergy Communities of Practice, Anti-Racism, All Conference Events, and Resourcing the Local Church; coordinating the Conference Boundary Awareness Training program; working with churches who are engaged in the pastoral Search & Call process; assisting churches with the Open & Affirming process, congregational vitality, and church redevelopment efforts; functioning as Webmaster for the Conference website, and serving as a pastor for the clergy in the Conference.
Before being called to serve the Maine Conference, Rev. Morgan was a bi-vocational minister, serving as the Pastor of the Brownville Community Church, UCC in Brownville, and working full time with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services as a Licensed Social Worker. He last served as the Regional Manager in the Office of Adult Mental Health Services, overseeing all contracted and state-run community mental health services in the five northern Maine counties.
Rev. Morgan is a member of Hammond Street Congregational Church in Bangor and holds ministerial standing in the Katahdin Association. He has been active in the community serving: on the Board of Directors of The Lamb House in Cherryfield; past President of the Board of Directors of the Maine Christian Association (Wilson Center) at the University of Maine, Orono; former member of the Board of Directors of the Charlotte White Center in Dover-Foxcroft; prior member of the Disaster Spiritual Care team for the American Red Cross; and is a member of Pleasant River Lodge, #163 A.F. & A.M. in Brownville.
Rev. Morgan holds an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland, Maine; a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York, Albany, New York; a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity (with honors) from Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine.
A native of York Beach, Maine, Rev. Morgan served in the United States Army as a Criminal Investigator (CID Special Agent) and worked as a Police Officer for the York Police Department before entering seminary. He is an amateur auctioneer and a fan of HGTV home-improvement shows. Together for twenty-five years, he shares his home in Glenburn with his husband, Mark Baker, and their miniature Dachshund, Oscar.
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