ASSOCIATE PASTOR OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION
Rev. Erin E. King is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She brings many years of experience as a teacher of children and youth.
She was trained as an early childhood educator by Worcester State College and was a Director of Swanzey Co-operative Nursery School and Kindergarten in the 1980s. She later became Director of Christian Education at Goffstown Congregational Church, Goffstown, New Hampshire; West Concord Union Church, Concord, Massachusetts; North Attleboro Congregational Church, North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and West Tokyo Union Church in Tokyo, Japan. In her position as Director, she taught lay leaders how to teach Sunday School, led junior high and senior high youth, and developed curriculum for Sunday School and Confirmation programs.
As Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation at College Avenue United Church of Christ, Erin is passionate about the spiritual formation of our children and youth. She has three daughters and four grandchildren, and so has experience with what it means to raise children and grandchildren in today’s world. She sees herself as a supportive resource for parents and grandparents, offering guidance regarding spiritual questions about scripture, God, and Jesus. She also provides guidance on how to pray and what to do when teens have doubts and questions.
Erin also brings 20 years of experience as a chaplain in healthcare and hospice. She is a Board-Certified Chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). She is a certified Spiritual Director, as well as an experienced grief/bereavement counselor for children and adults. Erin has a natural gift for teaching. She has been an international teacher and workshop/retreat leader and uses creativity as a spiritual practice. She is a SoulCollage ® facilitator, a MARI® teacher, a labyrinth facilitator, and an Intentional Creativity® teacher and guide.
Pastor Erin is an advocate for those with mental health issues and encourages the congregation to become a WISE (Welcoming, Inclusive, Supportive, Engaged) congregation in the Central Valley. She offers spirituality groups regularly for those wrestling with mental health issues.
Erin tries to embody the Divine Feminine in her ministry. She feels the healing of our society and world is through having more opportunities to experience the Divine Feminine. To that end, Pastor Erin facilitates a monthly Divine Feminine Gathering for the greater community.
Pastor Erin is delighted to share her gifts with both children and adults at College Avenue UCC.
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