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: as 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; a member of Pleasant River Lodge, #163 A.F. & A.M., and as a Disaster Spiritual Care volunteer for the American Red Cross.
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-four years, he shares his home in Glenburn with his husband, Mark Baker, and their miniature Dachshund, Oscar.
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