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Mary Lyon Church
17 Upper Street Buckland, MA 01338
Ph: 413-625-9440


Rev. Richard Fournier

We are pleased to welcome the Reverend Richard T. Fournier as our new settled pastor. Rev.  Fournier’s first Sunday worship service at the church was August 5th at 10:30am.

Fournier went to Boston Latin High School and earned his B.A. at Colby College in Waterville ME. He was ordained in 1982 after graduating magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Theology with a Masters of Divinity Degree.  In the twenty five years that have followed his ordination, Rich has been the faith leader of small and large churches in both rural and city settings.

In Cummington he was Pastor of Village Church and West Cummington Congregational and he was Senior Pastor at Old First Church in Springfield, MA.  Reverend Fournier has served as Protestant Chaplain at Mount Holyoke College and was the Founder and Director of Taproot Center in Northampton where he worked to establish a Spiritual Life Resource and Education Center, led retreats, and hosted interfaith dialogues.  For the past three years Rich has been the Interim Senior Pastor at United Congregational Church of Holyoke.

Before entering seminary, Rich worked in several programs to help troubled youth in the eastern part of the state and in Springfield. Youth ministry has remained a particular interest and strength. Rich said he has recently played basketball with Holyoke teens and didn’t get
 laughed off the court. Rich stays interested in sports having coached his daughter’s soccer team for several seasons. Over thirty years ago (and he adds, over thirty pounds ago) Rich ran the Boston Marathon.

In 1997, Rich got involved with international programming to help people with disabilities through the Polus Center for Social and Economic Development. He has traveled to Central America over twenty times, as well as to Ethiopia and Zambia in Africa. He continues to be involved in this ongoing mission work.

Rev. Fournier led this year’s (2007) remembrance ceremonies at the cemeteries in Buckland Center as part of the annual Hat ‘n Sock Memorial Day Parade.  A resident of Northampton, Fournier said he hopes to move closer to the Buckland area in the near future. He says when he’s not involved with his pastoral work for the church, he’ll be looking for opportunities to lead and teach small groups on a variety of secular and spiritual subjects.

Organist/Choir Director

Our adult choir of 6-8 voices sings every Sunday and rehearses on Sunday mornings beginning at 9:30am. Interim organists Beverly Wall and Sandy Carter are currently leading our music ministry.

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