Rev. Gwyneth Arrison has served as pastor of the Bath United Methodist Church since September 1, 2016. She and her husband, Jamie, live in Freeport with their three school-aged children.
Gwyneth grew up outside of Philadelphia but was not raised in the church. She attended Lehigh University to study Mechanical Engineering. After graduation in 1992 she married and moved to Rockport, Maine to begin engineering work at FMC Corporation. Gwyneth began attending a United Methodist Church with Jamie, where she became a follower of Jesus through a Disciple Bible Study. Several years later, Gwyneth experienced a call to ministry. She and Jamie graduated together from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2005, completed a semester internship at the Dresden Richmond UMC, and served as co-pastors at the Peoples UMC in South Portland for six years. They were then appointed to separate congregations in north-shore Mass, Gwyneth at the Merrimacport United Methodist Church.
Gwyneth enjoys kayaking, sailing, skiing, painting and playing bassoon in the Windswept Quintet as well as several local concert bands. She is excited to be serving in Bath, and would love to share more about her call to ministry and vision as well as hear your perspectives and stories. Gwyneth would also be happy to meet one-on-one with you. Please feel free to contact her using our contact form.
Our Lay Leader
Rian Lewis is our Bath United Methodist Church Lay Leader. The lay leader is the primary representative and role model of Christian discipleship and faith lived out in the church and in daily life. The lay leader works with the pastor to fulfill the mission and vision of the congregation. Every new lay leader brings unique gifts to the congregation; Rian is especially gifted as a musician and regularly leads worship music on guitar, bass and keyboard. Rian also serves as a supply preacher when the pastor is on vacation. Rian lives with his wife, Cheryl in Woolwich.
Julie Ramsey, Secretary
Julie has served as the church secretary since 2010. She manages the administrative work of the church such as mailings, worship bulletins, church email, calendar and database. Julie's office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-Noon and is happy to help any way she can.
Theodore Merrill, Custodian
Theodore joined the staff in October 2020 and cleans the church from top to bottom each week so everything is sparkling clean. He generally cleans on Wednesday mornings so say hello to him if you are around!