Our Pastor

Pastor David Dyrenforth is excited to serve the Lord alongside God’s people called United Methodists by giving direction to congregations, equipping disciples to live faithfully for Christ and sharing the love of Christ with others.

David felt the call to ministry while growing up among the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but this was not the only thing pulling on him. Throughout his youth, he was active in his local church, Boy Scout troop, and a variety of sports. He also learned to hike, ski, and camp at a very young age. As both an avid athlete and an outdoor enthusiast, David’s skills drew him toward a career in the military.

Following his graduation from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. David served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army for five years. Following his last active duty assignment in Alaska, he entered seminary in Boston to pursue God’s calling. David remained in the Army as a Chaplain Candidate until recognizing that God had not called him to ministry within the military setting.

During his time in Boston, David was active in the United Methodist Church of Newton, MA as a Bible study leader, youth minister, and lay preacher. He graduated from Boston University School of Theology in May 2008 as the pastor of the Marshfield United Methodist Church along the southern suburbs of Boston.

From 2009 to the present, David and his family have lived in Patten, Maine, where he serves as pastor of the Stetson Memorial UMC and offers oversight for the surrounding United Methodist Churches. This spiritually vibrant, Christ-centered church is involved in bringing the gospel hope to many aspects of the rural community that surrounds its building. David has experienced tremendous spiritual growth as the pastor of this congregation through handling congregational polarity, conflict management, visioning, lay empowerment, and financial stewardship. Teaching, worship leading and organizing a congregation around a gospel vision are some strengths that have emerged from his time in Patten.

David and Judy married in June 2002. They have a six year old son named Samuel and a three year old daughter named Susannah.

Pastor David’s email: pastor@fairbanksfirst.org

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