Welcome to Rye Congregational Church
When you read the history of Rye Congregational Church, you’ll see that we go way back to 1726. There have been many transitions and new beginnings. With God’s help the people of Rye Congregational Church are stepping into a future filled with the promise of hope and great joy.
We have many blessings at Rye Congregational Church. We wish to share them with you. We have a warm and inviting sanctuary, and a kind, intelligent, and humorous pastor. Our choir is excellent, and our people are friendly and sharing. We would like to have you grow with us in our exciting journey towards living a more meaningful life. Our hearts are open to welcoming you.
Sunday Services at 10 a.m.
Welcome Reverend Lavoie!
Rye Congregational Church is pleased to have called the Rev. Ronald L. Lavoie to begin his service as our new settled pastor, effective October 1, 2015. Reverend Lavoie, 56, was born in Maine and grew up in New Hampshire. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1986 and was ordained that same year.
He began his ministerial career in 1986 as solo pastor at First Presbyterian Church (130 members) in Litchfield, MN, where he served until 1992. He then served as pastor and head of staff at Covenant Presbyterian Church (250 members) in Springfield, MO, from 1992 to 2003. He also served as a Chaplain in the USAF Reserves from 1986-1998.
His third pastorate was at First Presbyterian Church (425 members) in Gardner, KS, from 2003-2012. He also served as Stated Clerk, PCUSA, Synod of Mid-America, from 2005-2012. His most recent position was Executive Presbyter and Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of Kendall, ID, which is headquartered in Pocatello, ID, and he supervised 16 congregations throughout the state. In this capacity he also served as temporary senior pastor and head of staff for First Presbyterian Church of Idaho Falls (450 members) for six months from February through July, 2014 while its settled pastor was on sabbatical.
Rev. Lavoie has been married to his wife, Linda, for 34 years. They have two adult children: Laura, a psychological counselor and Ronnie, a medical intern at Harvard Medical School. Ron enjoys cycling and riding his Honda motorcycle. He and Linda are thrilled to be returning home to New Hampshire where several close relatives currently reside. Quoting Rev. Lavoie, “I am so eager to begin ministry in Rye. Coming home to New Hampshire is a dream come true for me. Returning for such a wonderful opportunity is almost beyond belief. I’m counting the days!