Vicky Guest - Pastor
Rev. Victoria Alford Guest has served the First Church in Natick since the summer of 1999. She has also served congregations in Walpole and Wellesley, Massachusetts, and began her ministry at the Park Church in Elmira, New York.
Vicky has worked extensively with a multi-sensory approach to faith formation in children. She grew up in the Roman Catholic tradition and found a spiritual home in the UCC during her graduate studies. The combination of perspectives has drawn her to experiment with alternative worship formats as well as integrating music, visual arts, drama and poetry into the structure of traditional services to create more vital worship experiences.
Vicky’s concentration as an undergraduate at Smith College was in comparative religion, and ancient Christianity was the focus for both of her masters’ degrees from Harvard Divinity School. She returned to Harvard as a Merrill Fellow to explore biblical archeology.
Vicky has been active in the Natick community as the clergy coordinator of the annual Community MLK Service. She is a big supporter of SPARK Kindness and their work to create communities where no child or family feels alone, bullied, unsupported or unconnected, and she is excited about new initiatives for Natick METCO which enables African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American students who live in Boston to attend Wilson Middle School and Natick High School.
Vicky also serves as the clergy representative on Natick Together for Youth a coalition addressing the issue of substance misuse. She is a fan of the great organizations and individuals around town who are bringing attention to sustainability as we face the growing concerns posed by climate change. Her highpoint in ministry was the congregational vote in 2003, which made First Church an Open and Affirming congregation.
If Vicky had time, her garden would take over her yard and everybody in town would have a handmade prayer shawl and/or homemade basil pesto depending on their preference.
Vicky and her husband, Jonathan live in Natick. Jonathan also is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and practices law. They have two adult daughters, one Siamese cat and an enthusiastic dog, who sees her role in life as Vicky’s personal trainer.
The Reverend Victoria Alford Guest 508-650-5404 (home); firstname.lastname@example.org