Dover Foxcroft Congregagational Church
824 West Main Street
PO Box 328
Dover Foxcroft, ME 04426
Here at the Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church we are very blessed to have a caring, skilled, and passionate group of people on staff.

If you have any questions about the various ministries they oversee don't hesitate to contact them.
Our Staff:
The Pastor
Ministers of Music
Administrative Assistant
Chris Paydos, a native of Gilbertville, Massachusetts, has made Dover-Foxcroft her home for the past 30 years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a BA in English, she worked several years in the insurance industry before becoming the Risk Manager/Benefits Supervisor at Guilford of Maine, Guilford ME. She did consulting work and substitute teaching while her children were younger. In 1997, Chris was elected as our Church Treasurer, a position she continues to hold. In 1999, she became our Christian Education Director, a position she held until 2001 when she became the Administrative Assistant of our church. Over the years, Chris has held many officer positions for various community organizations, including Mocutoc Club, PTO, Morton School Organization, Foxcroft Academy Sports Boosters, and the Penobscot-Piscataquis Association of the Maine Conference UCC. She and her husband, Paul, have two children: Kayla, a 2011 graduate of the University of New Hampshire and Connor a junior at the University of New Hampshire. She enjoys traveling with her family , reading and walking. Chris and her family joined our church family in 1991 after being invited to worship by a close friend.
Sunday School & Youth Group Coordinator(s)
Amy Fagan-Cannon is our Sunday School Coordinator. On most Sundays the children start off in Church at 9:30 am and then go out for Sunday School after the Children's Message. Deb Boyd is leading a senior high youth group, and plans are underway for a middle school youth group. For more information about programs please contact the church office at 564-2872.
Nursery Attendant
Stacy Shaffer is the newsest member of our staff but brings with her a wealth of expereince working with children including those with special needs. Stacy is First Aid and CPR certified with degrees in both psychology and education. She works with a volunteer each week to makes sure the youngest members of our family are safe and cared for. Nursery care is offered during time of public worship.
The Rev. Dr. Stephen (Steve) Hastings started here on August 1 as our Interim Minister. He and his wife, JilI, live in Mount Vernon, Maine. Steve will spend a night or two up here in the parsonage during the week and then will be back up on the weekends. Jill will come when she can. In Maine he has served churches in Winthrop, Kennebunk, Leeds, and Hartford. He has also been very active in the Maine Conference over the years, most recently as Chair of the Board and convener of the Earth Care and Spirituality Resource Team. As the Interim Minister, he will be our pastor and worship leader and teacher for a while. And he will help the Search Committee lead us through a time of transition that involves some focused reflection and conversation about the Church - who are we? where do we want to go? how will we get there? what kind of pastoral leadership do we want going forward? what kind of volunteer leadership do we need? All this becomes part of the church profile that potential candidates for our Permanent Pastor position are going to read while listening for God's call.

Steve has a PhD in environmental ethics and spirituality, an interest that had a lot to do with his decision to enter the ministry almost 30 years ago. He hopes to share some of that with us during his time here.

Pastor Steve's days in Dover-Foxcroft will vary, but he intends to always be in the office on Wednesdays and people are welcome to drop in. On other days you should just call the Church office to see when he is available.

Julie Knowlton is our Choir Director and Jayne Sharrow is our Oganist. The Choir rehearses every Sunday at 8:30 am before Church, and then again at 10:45 am after Church. Interested? Please join us! All are welcome.