Our Pastor


Beginning November 1st, SUMH will welcome Bridge Pastor Rev. Deborah B. Knowlton.

Rev Knowlton has extensive experience serving churches in both Connecticut and New Hampshire. She comes to us as a retired Pastor who served 20 years as the Pastor of First Congregational Church of Hampton UCC where she oversaw the first capital campaign in 50 years and supervised the lay team to accomplish this task, increased the mission outreach of the congregation, led the ecumenical group of the Lower Seacoast Area, and created stability with new policies regarding gifts, investments, safe church, and safety. 

Rev Knowlton was recommended by one of our own congregations Rev Joan Grant and comes highly recommended by all of the references checked by our committee. She resides in Orono, Maine, and will prepare and conduct Sunday services and one bible study each month at the Alycion Center. 

Since she is hired as a part-time pastor a team of lay members and retired pastors from our congregation, known as The Care Ministry Team, has been established to assist in church and Pastoral duties during the week. 

Please join us in welcoming Rev Knowlton! 


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Somesville Union Meeting House


The Somesville Church is a United Church of Christ congregation known for its prophetic voice, food and fellowship!


"Meeting House" is an old Congregational and Quaker term for the building where the community of faith would meet with each other and with God. Our church meets in a historic, traditional New England white building with a tall steeple, situated in the quaint village of Somesville on Mt. Desert Island, close to Acadia National Park. 




Besides our concern and compassion for all God's children, as well as Creation, we are known for our warm fellowship and delicious food - selling pies in the summer and having Lobster Dinner fundraisers.

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Our church was the first in Maine to declare support for the LBGTQ community in January 1996.

Twelve years later the congregation adopted another prophetic stance, declaring SUMH to be a "Just Peace Church" in Jan. 2008.

Long time SUMH Pastor Victor Stanley had retired at the end of Sept. 2019.  The Somesville Church was then served for 2 years by the Rev. Dr. Janet Adair Hansen as Intentional Interim Pastor.  She retired "again" at the end of Oct. 2021 to see more of her 2 new grandchildren - California Charlie was born March 24, 2021 and Carolina Charlie (Charlotte) was born Oct. 25, 2021! (both pictured below)  Rev. Dr. Hansen prays for continued and multiplied blessings for the church and its members.... It was a blessing for her to get to be part of the church family for 2 years. 

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