Andy Stinson

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 posted by:

Reverend Andy Stinson is the pastor the Second Congregational Church of Warren Maine.

He was born in Maine and attended schools there graduating from MorseHigh School in Bath, Maine in 1987. Andy is the 11th generation son to come from mid coast Maine and he has deep roots to the coast and to Maine.

In 1987 he joined the U.S. Army Reserves becoming and infantryman and graduating from U.S. Army Airborne School. Gaining an ROTC scholarship, in 1989 he attend the University of Southern Maine. In 1991, he graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees in both Geography and History.

After college, he accepted a commission in the United States Army Reserve as a Second Lieutenant and worked as a commercial diver and fisherman on the coast of Maine.

Four years later, he received a call and left fishing to attend Andover Newton Theological School and the Swedenborg School of Religion in Newton, Massachusetts. In 2000 he graduated with a Completion Diploma for Ordination and a Masters of Divinity degree. He continued to serve in the Army Reserve, being promoted to Captain.

He was ordained in the Swedenborgian Church in 1999 accepting a call to the Elmwood New Church in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts serving the church for 3 years. He also became a Chaplain in the Army Reserve.

In June of 2002, in Fort Eustis, Virginia and served for 4 years ministering to active duty reserve Soldiers and Department of Army Civilians throughout the United States. 

Upon leaving active duty in 2006 he accepted a call to the Church of the Holy City in Washington, DC. He left Washington DC in November of 2007 returning to Maine and continued to work on the denominational level as the Chair of the Council of Ministers, mentoring candidates for ordination, presiding over ordinations and leading the ordained clergy of the denomination.

In 2009 he completed his work as the Chair of the Counsel of Ministers and took a position as the Head of Pastoral Care and Hospice Chaplain for Pen Bay Hospital in Rockland Maine. His work included working with pastoral volunteers and ministering those at end of life.

In 2010, Andy was mobilized with the Army again, this time as the Senior Medical Chaplain in the Iraq Joint of Operational Area. He spent from January to November of 2011 with the last medical Brigade in Iraq, supervising and assisting the pastoral care of 3 hospitals and all medical religious support for the Theater. He returned the end of November of last year. He has accepted a call to pastor the Second Congregational Church of Warren Maine and is looking forward to beginning this new adventure.

While single, he is crazy about a girl named Kristin and his hobbies include sailing, reading, writing, motorcycling. 

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