New pastor’s first service Saturday
GREENFIELD — The Rev. Corey Sanderson will begin his ministry at the Second Congregational Church, 16 Court Square, on Dec. 23, Christmas Sunday, and will conduct Christmas Eve services the following day.
Members of Greenfield Second Congregational Church voted unanimously to call Sanderson to serve as their new pastor on Dec. 2. This brought to conclusion a year-long process by the church’s Search Committee.
Sanderson’s most recent pastorate was in Traverse City, Mich., where he started a new church for the Michigan Conference of the United Church of Christ. During his five years there, according to a press release from Second Congregational, he grew the church from nothing to a congregation of 100 members. Sanderson has also worked as a college professor teaching ethics, religious studies, philosophy and humanities.
He spent two years at Harvard Medical School working on an interfaith bioethics project through which a variety of religious communities and organizations shared their ethical perspectives and theological reflections on new scientific advancements. This work brought him into partnership with The White House, the Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization and the International Court of Justice at The Hague. As a result of his interest in bioethics and the intersection of science and religion, he has also served as a consultant for local CBS and NBC news affiliates.
A native of New England, Sanderson earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Massachusetts.
He then completed two graduate degrees at Boston University, a master of divinity in general theological training and a master of arts in philosophy, ethics and Theology. He also has an associate’s degree in automotive engineering from the New England Institute of Technology and is restoring a 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible with the help of his 8-year-old son.
Sanderson plays drums and the banjo and enjoys exploring a wide range of musical styles, from bluegrass to jazz. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East and hopes to someday climb Mount Kilimanjaro. On the quieter, contemplative side, he spent a summer living with the Benedictine monks at The Weston Priory and has a strong interest in Centering Prayer.