Payson Park Church Welcomes New Minister
The Payson Park Congregational Church at 365 Belmont St. in Belmont has called the Reverend Eric Wefald to be its next settled pastor.
The Reverend Wefald will replace the current interim minister, the Reverend Tom Forster-Smith who has faithfully led Payson Park Church during the past two years while the congregation redefined its mission and started a search for a settled pastor.
The search committee chose The Reverend Eric Wefald from more than 30 candidates and he was unanimously voted in by the members of the congregation. He will conduct his first service on Sunday, November 6th at 10:30.
Holly Bloomfield, a member of the search committee, explained that Reverend Wefald was the top choice because he envisioned the future Payson Park Church as corresponding to the goals already set by the congregation. He described a church with strong community engagement, a growing congregation and a glorious musical ministry. Combining these goals with his skills and experience, the future looks bright under his leadership.
“I look forward to being an integral part of the Payson Park Church community as we actively help meet local needs, provide wholesome environments for families, and invest in young people with a sensitivity to the changing world around them,” says Reverend Wefald.
Reverend Wefald and his wife, Patricia will soon be moving to Belmont, from their current residence in Wayland, MA. They will live at the church's parsonage on Payson Road. Please join us in welcoming them.
Pastor Wefald, a graduate of Princeton University with an undergraduate degree in Engineering and a Masters of Divinity from Yale University, takes over from interim pastor Tom Forster-Smith who led the congregation for the past two years during which the church recommitted itself to serving the Belmont and Watertown communities. Pastor Wefald previously served as the minister of congregational life at the First Congregational Church of Shrewsbury, and as the Gospel Music Director of Christ Church United in Lowell.
For more than 100 years, Payson Park Church has impacted and enlivened the community of Belmont, Watertown, Cambridge and beyond. Sunday worship service is offered at 10:30AM, and there are a wide variety of activities and events at the church all week. We are a family-friendly church and welcome all children (and their parents!) to participate in our church school programs of learning, music and service. Throughout the year, childcare is available from 9:00 to noon on Sunday and church school programs are offered for children for infants through high school.