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TOWNSEND — Rev. Joan-Anne Westfall will be welcomed to the Townsend United Methodist Church on Sunday, July 2, at the 11 a.m. service. Parish Relations Chairman Rick Oakley announces that Rev. Westfall will take over the pastoral duties of Townsend UMC effective July 1.

Rev. Westfall was born and raised in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, and moved with her young family to New England in 1969. In 1981, at the age of 41, she began her journey to ordained ministry by entering the continuing education program at Salem (N.H.) High School. She received her high school diploma in 1982 and was invited back the following year to give the commencement address. As a single mother of four teenagers, Rev. Westfall continued on with her education by attending year-round classes at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H. She graduated with her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in 1987 and went on to receive her Master of Divinity Degree from Boston University’s School of Theology in 1989.

Rev. Westfall became a Deacon in the UMC in 1988, served in Berwick and Camden, Maine, and was ordained as an elder. Since July 2000 she has been serving as the pastor of the First UMC of Hamilton, Mass.

Townsend United Methodist Church invites the wider community to attend their Sunday 11 a.m. worship services and meet and welcome Rev. Joan-Anne Westfall. Summer Sunday school and nursery care will be available all summer long. For further information please call (978) 597-2486.

The church is the “meetinghouse on the hill’ located at 265 Main street at the corner of Routes 13 and 119, in Townsend Center.

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