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.
Minister of Music
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)
The Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church youth ministries are currently
in transition. For more information about programs or information about
transitional leadership please contact the church office at 564-2872
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 Council 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.