We were delighted to install Rev. Rachel Mastin as the new pastor for the Stillwater United Church in Stillwater, NY. Being new to our area, we took a moment to connect with Rachel and learn a little more about her.
Before we get started, can you tell us a little bit about where you grew up, any siblings, etc?
I grew up just outside of State College, Pennsylvania which is right in the middle of the state and the home of Penn State University. I have three siblings, an older brother and younger sister and brother. I live in Stillwater with my dog, Mr. Bennet, who is named for a character from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
How did you connect with PC(USA)?
I have been a Presbyterian most of my life, my grandmother served for decades as a lay pastor in Huntingdon Presbytery, and I was raised in the State College Presbyterian Church. The church I grew up in encouraged me to ask questions about myself and my faith and it taught me that God created and loved me and that I was always welcome at church. As a young adult it reinforced those lessons, but also helped me explore what church meant, and how different spiritual practices could enrich a traditional Sunday morning worship experience.
Share with us a little about your hobbies?
I love to take pictures, do crafts, read and keep up with pop culture. I am attempting to grow some flowers and vegetables and herbs at the manse, but I saw a deer checking out the yard this morning and I fear my gardening adventures may soon go the way of dinner for Bambi.
Is there anything new you have found yourself enjoying are looking forward to in Capital Region?
I moved to Stillwater from Richmond, VA, so I am busy learning the area, visiting parks, and brushing up on my Revolutionary War history- down south it was all Civil War!