The Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland serves as senior minister of First Parish Church, a United Church of Christ affiliated church. Dr. Copeland graduated with a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary. For two decades, she served congregations in Greeley, Colorado and Hinsdale, Illinois prior to her current work in Maine. Through worship, teaching and writing, she seeks to equip people of faith to think theologically about the world in which we live and to share God's grace, mercy and peace with all God's people.
Together with her husband Dr. Ellis Copeland, Anna Copeland founded The Copeland Institute of northwest Boulder County in Colorado, a retreat center for deep faith work. She also has served as Trustee at The Chicago Theological Seminary, where she has been advising doctoral graduate students in preaching. Anna has also taught graduate classes at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Mourning and Grief. Her work continues as a national consultant on faith formation, creating communities of transformation, and sexuality. Known for her keen insight as well as the warmth that she brings to local church ministry, she is a respected leader among clergy within the United Church of Christ.
Avocations for Anna Copeland include wilderness adventures such as a women's' trek in the Arctic Circle, mountain climbing and kayaking. She supports global partnerships with Common Hope in Guatemala, where she serves on the Development Committee, leads Habitat for Humanity International trips, and is currently developing a partnership through the Global Ministries of The United Church of Christ in Cuba.
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Rev. Dan Hollis serves as the Associate Pastor of First Parish Church, a United Church of Christ affiliated church. Pastor Dan graduated with a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. Ordained in early 2017, First Parish is his first call. Using logic, empathy, and a passion for worship and active faith formation, Pastor Dan seeks to empower people from all walks of life to discover who they are, who they can be, and what role the Divine has in their lives, with Jesus' call of radical, unconditional love as his compass.
While training to become a minister, Dan was involved in prison ministry and hospital chaplaincy in Boston, alongside work in local churches. He spent nine summers beginning in undergrad on staff at the UCC sister camps Horton Center (New Hampshire) and Pilgrim Lodge (Maine), doing his part in their ministries with youth and adults alike.