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The Rev. Joan O’Gorman

Parental Leave Pastor |

The Rev. Joan Newton O’Gorman is an ordained pastor in the United Church of Christ, and has served congregations in Vermont for the past 35 years in both settled and interim ministries. She is a Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain with the University of Vermont Health Network Home Health and Hospice.

Joan is grateful for the many spiritual communities that have nurtured her: Roman Catholic beginnings, Quaker meeting, Unitarian Universalist fellowship and Buddhist teachings.

Before entering ministry, Joan put herself through Hunter College by driving a taxi in New York City, taught language arts in a small school in rural Maine, and served as Director of MAPS, Maine Adoption Placement Service. She is a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary.

Joan is married to Gary who is a UCC Licensed Lay Pastor and has served churches in Vermont for over 15 years.  They have four children – two live in Vermont and two live in California – which makes life interesting.  One grandchild lives in Vermont and one in California which makes it even more interesting.  Joan enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, reading and cooking.

CLICK HERE to read Lead Minister, the Rev. Elissa Johnk’s May 12, 2022 letter announcing that the Rev. Joan O’Gorman will serve as her “Parental Leave Pastor” from June 5 through early September 2022.

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