Regina Kinny named new pastor in Wilton

WILTON – On Sunday, July 13, Regina Kinney accepted a call from the Second Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, to be their settled minister. The call came after more than a year of work by the Search Committee. She will begin her new pastoral duties in August.

She replaces Interim Minister Rev. Mark Brockmeier who has accepted a call to the Townsend (Mass.) Congregational Church.

Kinney is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Mass., receiving her masters’ degree in May 2013. She has worked with several churches as a member of Christian Education committees, hospitality, seven years as a Sunday School teacher, Chairman of an Open and Affirming Group, retreat planner, adult education leader, Bible study teacher, youth leader, women’s spirituality group leader, and supply preacher.

Kinney is originally from Dallas, Texas and was raised in the Southern Baptist denomination. She left that group in her teens and was a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA) until moving to New Hampshire in 2000 and joining the Congregational Church of Amherst. It was there that she discerned her call to the ministry.

The ministry is her second career. Her first was in clinical psychology. She received her doctorate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She had a private practice in Dallas, and was on the faculty of University of Texas Medical Center in Dallas. She was the psychologist for the kidney transplant unit, served as attending psychologist in a psychiatry emergency room, and taught graduate classes.

She describes her approach to the ministry as “a servant pastor,” and enjoys finding creative ways to worship in a contemporary society. “Pastoral ministry is all about clergy and laity worshiping, praying, and serving together.”

She lives in Amherst with her husband Bruce, a software engineer at Raytheon in Woburn, Mass. They have two adult children, Carly who lives and works in northern Virginia, and son Alex, a junior at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has just returned from spending a year of study in New Zealand.

For fun, she likes cooking, traveling, photography, and reading murder mysteries. She is an avid Red Sox fan and gets to Fenway Park when she can.

Following her sermon on Sunday, members of the church voted unanimously to extend the call.

She said she was “very excited, very pleased to be part of the Wilton church.”