Jared Hamilton - Pastor
Rev. Jared Hamilton (United Church of Christ) has served the United Church of Hinesburg since 2013. As pastor, Jared works in this vibrant faith community, advocating a faith of exploration, mutual support, inclusion, and works of justice. Ministering to a multi-generational community, Jared's work includes youth group and coordinating yearly youth trips, communion education classes, adult faith formation groups, pastoral visitation, and leading a community worship.
Jared received his Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary in 2012. He has served as a chaplain at New England Baptist Hospital and on staff at Human & Civil Rights Organizations of America. He is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Next Generation Leadership Initiative of the United Church of Christ.
Jared gardens and keeps bees. He is married to Leah Hamilton and spends his down time with their three young children, Camille, Simon and Miles.
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Sherry Osborn - Pastoral Assistant for Church Programming
Rev. Sherry Osborn joined the UCH staff in 2022. She serves as the Pastoral Assistant for Church Programming, supporting the restart of children and youth programs, and adult faith-formation groups.
Sherry is an Episcopal priest and nature educator who loves to playfully and prayerfully share her sense of wonder and curiosity with others. Her professional life, ordained and secular, is woven with a delight of nature, people, song, stories and adventure. Sherry grew up in Morrisville, Vermont and was formed by a family who played, explored and learned from the great outdoors. After years of work as Nature Educator Consultant, Camp Director for Rock Point Camp for the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont and Education Director for the Adirondack Mountain Club, she was called to ordained ministry. Though Sherry attended Puffer Methodist Church as a youth, she left organized religion once in college until 1994. Dear friends invited her to join them at an Episcopal that was open and affirming. After a fast-paced wild God ride, Sherry was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2003 and served nine years in parish ministry in both the Diocese of Massachusetts and Vermont. She has just completed two years as interim pastor for the good people of St. Paul’s, Vergennes and had been listening for Sophia’s whispers as to what comes next for ministry/employment…which included the question, “What does the Earth ask of me?”
Sherry holds a Bachelor degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Green Mountain College, a Master degree in Outdoor/Environmental Education from Boston University, a M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and a Certificate of Anglican Studies from Berkeley Divinity School at Yale. Sherry loves to read; canoe; bike; cross country ski; sing; mess around with the guitar and banjo ukulele; garden; play Pickleball; mentor a now 12th grader; and coach Girls on the Run.
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Rufus Patrick - Music Director
Rufus C. Patrick's career in music spands nearly five decades and has taken him around the world. In 1987 he was the chorus director for "Project Harmony" that performed in Russia and Latvia. In 1993 his high school troupe perfromed "Guys and Dolls" in Hamelin, Germany. He is a previous recepient of the Burlington Teacher of the Year Award and has also worked in the Hinesburg Community School. Today, Rufus is the artistic director of the Hinesburg Artist Series. He conducts the South County Chorus, the Hinesburg Community Band, In Accord, the Hinesburg United Church Choir, the All Souls Interfaith Gathering Choir in Shelburne, and the Wake Robin Singers. At UCH, Rufus leads a strong choir during the program year in a mix of classical, traditional and contemporary arrangements of sacred music.
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Sammy Angstman - Accompanist
Sammy is a pianist and teacher based in Williston, Vermont. She is especially interested in 20th-century American piano music, particularly music by women composers. Sammy is currently working on repertoire for her doctoral dissertation recital, which will feature works by Louise Talma, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Charles Ives as well as a collection of ragtime-era pieces by Scott Joplin, James Scott, and Joseph Lamb.
Sammy is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Stony Brook University, where she earned her Master’s degree in 2015. Prior to her graduate studies at Stony Brook, Sammy earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. In addition to working as the organist/pianist at the United Church of Hinesburg, Sammy runs a teaching studio in Richmond, VT.
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