Greenfield Hill Congregational Church celebrates pastor’s 25 years of service

The Rev. Dr. Alida Ward will be honored for her 25 years of service as spiritual leader pastor of the Greenfield Hill Congregational Church Sunday, June 1. The community is invited to a service at 9 a.m., with a picnic lunch immediately following on the Green.

The June 1 event will launch a three-part celebration that will continue into the fall.

Ward began her tenure at Greenfield Hill Church immediately after her graduation from Yale Divinity School in 1989. She is the third-longest serving pastor in the church’s almost 300-year history.

Born in Providence, R.I., Ward grew up in Charlottesville, Va., where her grandfather and father were on the mathematics faculty of the University of Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in religion, then earned her master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School. While at Yale, she served the historic First Church of Christ in New Haven, and St. Bernard’s Parish in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2000, Rev. Ward received her doctorate of ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.

During her Greenfield Hill pastorate, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church has experienced significant growth in ministry, active and varied within its walls and engaging the community and world beyond, according to a press release.

Ward has twice served as president of the board of Operation Hope, and is currently on the board. She was appointed last year by Fairfield First Selectman Michael Tetreau to the Human Services Commission. She is also a member of the Fairfield Cares Community Coalition, the Storm Sandy Recovery Committee, and the Fairfield Advisory Committee for the Center for Family Justice.

One of Ward’s main passions is youth ministry, which culminates each year with a mission trip to Appalachia through the Appalachia Service Project. This summer’s trip will involve 225 participants. Ward is also vice president of Friends of Christ in India, leading an annual mission team to India.

She is married to the Rev. Dr. David Rowe, co-pastor of Greenfield Hill Church; they have four children and step children, Brigitta, Andres, Camaron and Aaron.

Greenfield Hill Congregational Church, 1045 Old Academy Road, was founded in 1725 and has grown to a membership of almost 1,000 members. Information is available at or, by email at [email protected], or at 203-259-5596.

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