Senior Pastor Mark Allen Doty
Mark Allen Doty is a native of Salem, Massachusetts, and is a fifth generation pastor. Educated in the public schools of Lynn, Massachusetts, and Indianapolis, Indiana, he received his Bachelor of Arts with Honors in English from Baker University, Baldwin, Kansas, in 1969. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts, in 1972 and the Ph.D. degree in English from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in 1978.
A minister with full standing in the United Church of Christ, Pastor Mark has been on seven church staffs during his professional career. Since 2001, Pastor Mark has been the Senior Pastor of Hammond Street Congregational Church, UCC, in Bangor. In addition to his ministerial responsibilities, Pastor Mark has had a wide experience in teaching on the secondary, college, and graduate levels.
Pastor Mark has held a variety of leadership positions in the Maine Conference of the United Church of Christ. He served for three years on the Board of Overseers for Boston University School of Theology. During 2008, Pastor Mark was honored by EqualityMaine with the “Faith in Action” Award, presented for the first time to an individual in the state. In 2014, he was named a “Super Senior” by the Bangor Metro. At present, Pastor Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Penobscot Community Health Care, EqualityMaine, Volunteers of America Northern New England, Food AND Medicine, Ferry Beach Park Association, and Faith Linking in Action. He views these responsibilities as an extension of his social justice ministry.
Pastor Mark is the author of Tell Me Who I Am: James Agee’s Search for Selfhood, published by the Louisiana State University Press in 1978. He is the father of a son and a daughter and has two grandsons and two granddaughters.
Pastor Mark has been involved in a number of pursuits ranging from prison ministry to singing for the past fifteen years in the Black Bear Men’s Chorus at the University of Maine. Other interests include travel, gardening, working out, antiques, theatre, genealogy, and cooking.
Assistant Pastor Greg Bridges-Music
Greg Bridges-Music is originally from Cincinnati Ohio. Pastor Greg has a background in youth and music ministry and finished his Masters of Divinity degree in 1981 with an emphasis in cross-cultural theological education. He completed a Masters in Pastoral Counseling and his Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Husson University (2014).
Pastor Greg served two churches in England (Stoke-On-Trent and Bournemouth), where he also oversaw his denomination’s Christian Education ministry for England and Wales. This included marriage enrichment, summer camps and retreats for all ages, and Christian education training workshops. After moving back to the USA, he worked with homeless youth, people living with HIV/AIDS, and people with developmental disability. He is involved with LGBTQA community work in the northern part of Maine and is married to Mark Stanley Bridges-Music.