Welcoming change with open arms

Abby Gackenheimer, transitional minister at Kent’s First Congregational Church, has received a warm welcome from the community. Photo by Elyse Sadtler

KENT — Traditions and routine are deeply rooted in small New England towns, but that doesn’t mean change has to be hard. The First Congregational Church in Kent has warmly received its new transitional minister, Abby Gackenheimer, following the departure of minister Melissa Keck after 24 years of service. 

“This congregation views change as a chance, not a challenge,” Gackenheimer said, characterizing the heartfelt welcome she has received from the community.

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