New minister at Mary Taylor Church
The Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt was recently appointed pastor of the Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church (on the Green) in Milford. Dr. Bodt has returned to parish ministry after six years as chief executive officer of The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. His appointment at Mary Taylor Memorial Church began July 1st.
“Excited” is how “Pastor Brian”, as he prefers to be called, feels about being appointed to the only church on the Green in Milford, an historic Connecticut town founded in 1639. “The Council of Churches is a wonderful mission” declared the 58 year old cleric now in his 36th year of ministry. “Yet I missed the parish and heard the 'still, small voice' of God described in scripture beckoning me to return to parish life. The vitality of Mary Taylor Memorial Church is well-known, in Milford and in our wider Methodist connection. When my bishop offered me the opportunity to be considered for the pastorate, I said 'Yes!”
Of those 36 years, Pastor Brian has served the last quarter-century in the Greater Bridgeport region: Huntington UM Church in Shelton (1987-1995), Golden Hill UM Church in Bridgeport (1995-2006), and The Council of Churches. He has a passion for church growth and stewardship, along with recognized commitments to Christian unity, inter-faith cooperation and racial and cultural reconciliation. He writes periodically on religious themes in area newspapers.
Dr. Bodt received his Doctor of Ministry (with distinction) at Hartford (CT) Seminary in 1994 on developing leadership in a growing congregation. His Master of Divinity, magna cum laude, was received from Drew Theological Seminary, Madison, New Jersey in 1979 and his B.A. from Western Maryland College in 1976. Brian is married to Carol Galloway, a physical therapist for 20 years at the Shelton office of Rehabilitation Associates. Together they have four sons: Daniel, a businessman in Cambridge, MA; Adam, a 9/11 Memorial tour guide and aspiring actor in New York City; Aaron, a sophomore at Amity High School; and Ryan, an 8th grade student at Amity Middle School - Bethany Campus.
For 41 years Mary Taylor Memorial Church has hosted its annual “Fair on the Green” the first weekend in June and is an active participant in local and regional activities and missions. An 18 member cohort of youth and adults recently traveled to Bradford, Vermont to participate in United Methodist Action Reach-out Mission by Youth (UM ARMY), a home-repair project of the national church.