In the summer of 2016, First Parish Truro welcomed its new co-pastors, a clergy couple, Rev. Anastasia Kidd and Rev. Chad William Kidd. Below you’ll find their letters of introduction:
Dear Truro Community:
I am absolutely thrilled to be coming aboard as your new co-pastor and teacher, alongside my better half, Rev. Anastasia Kidd! Anastasia and I have long held a special connection to Truro with family living here and have gotten to know you a bit over the years in our guest preaching and our leading the annual animal blessing. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia – music was my first avenue into the church and it has opened many doors to the sacred for me. I studied church music at Belmont University in Nashville, TN (where Anastasia and I met!), and, feeling a call into ministry, progressed to a dual Master’s program at Boston University School of Theology. I received a Master of Divinity and Master of Sacred Music in 2005. I was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 2007. In my full time job I am the Pastoral Ministries Manager at Brooksby Village in Peabody, MA – a large retirement community of nearly 2000 residents. I oversee a pastoral staff and together we support ministry endeavors for all the residents. An interesting fact about me: I have about 50+ pairs of glasses, and they have even become an important part of my ministry. You’ll have to ask me about that some time! One thing I am most excited about in this new journey with you in Truro is the opportunity to get to know each of you closely, to create beautiful and meaningful worship together, and to vision for the future of this important church. I’ll see you soon. Please don’t hesitate to email and say hi: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email with any pastoral needs – we are here for you.
Dear First Parish Members & Friends:
I join Chad in greeting you with excitement and gratitude to have been chosen as the congregation’s new co-pastor and teacher. Chad and I have each served in many different types of ministerial settings, but this is a unique opportunity to use our collective knowledge and pastoral skills together in one place. We are eager to learn more about all of you, to be in ministry alongside you, and to serve the wider Truro community. I’ve been coming to Truro since I was a 10-year-old girl, so it feels like a second home to me, thanks to my family members who live in town. I’m sure these fledgling roots don’t compare to many of yours, and so I’m hopeful that you will reach out to tell me your own stories of what Truro has been to you, and what your hopes are for its future, and how the First Parish can help support those visions.
A little of my bio – I called Jackson, Tennessee, my home for my formative years, and moved to the “big city” of Nashville for college, where I studied Psychology and Spanish. After meeting Chad and marrying in 2001, I followed him to seminary at Boston University School of Theology. I earned my Master of Divinity in 2004 and began working in the School’s Admissions Office, supporting prospective students discerning their own callings to ministry. A decade later, I now serve as the School of Theology’s Director of Admissions. Whether in that role or in church leadership, I consider myself foremost a counselor. My calling is to help folks figure out what their callings are – to quote Frederick Buechner – where one’s deep gladness & the world’s deep hunger meet. Whether or not someone considers themselves “religious,” there are things that I think are rooted in us all – a call toward meaning and purposeful work, a desire for kindness and community, and a hope for a better future. My own hope is that our burgeoning future together as the members and friends of First Parish will be bright, meaningful, and full of laughter.