The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where …"they may all be one" (John 17:21).m a paragraph.
Rev. Dr. Cathryn Turrentine
Pastor Cathy grew up in Texas, where she was surrounded by people who knew how to tell a good story. From her grandmother, she learned quilting and gardening and the deep importance of church.
As an adult, she lived in Texas and Mississippi and Virginia. She began her career as a VISTA Volunteer, and later worked as the food service manager at a church camp, where she learned to make pancakes for up to 100 people. For most of her pre-ministerial career, however, she served as a college administrator, working in college admissions, alcohol abuse prevention, and higher education research. In the mid-1990s, she was dean of students at Virginia Tech, a campus of 27,000 students, where she led new student orientation, disability services, multicultural programs, student conduct, and the campus’s emergency response program.
Pastor Cathy was ordained in 2018 and has served since then as interim pastor at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, of Meredith. She uses storytelling in her sermons, usually speaking about her own experiences, and often about her grandmother or her grandchildren.
Pastor Cathy lives in Moultonborough with her husband, Dave Ostroth, and their goldendoodle Susie. They have five grown children: Amy, Weldon, Walt, Anna Cathryn, and Andy. Their four grandchildren – Logan (18), Everett (10), Simon (6), and Luther (4) – all live in Virginia.
Director of Music:
Nancy has been the organist at CHCC for 20 years and we are so blessed to have her with us each Sunday. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1969 and has the distinction of being the very first female graduate of the school.
Deb came to Center Harbor from Nashua in 2017. She spent many years in administrative positions at academic medical centers. She and her husband, Mark, have a lovely black lab mix named Willow.
Deb & George (Willow's buddy)