Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Townspeople

December 20, 2012

Interim minister at Christ Church to help congregation look forward

Before she entered the ministry, the new interim leader of Christ Church lead an elementary school classroom as a teacher. The Rev. Dr. Gale Davis also worked as a retail buyer before deciding to enter the clergy.

Now, as she steps in to guide the Central Street church, she says she finds it appropriate that she is beginning her interim ministry during Advent.

“I think of Advent as a time of new beginnings, hope and looking forward,” she said as she prepares to lead the church in a search for a new senior pastor. “This is a great parish with great people who are faithful, care for each other and are present for each other.”

The Rev. Jeffrey Gill left on Dec. 1 for Seattle, Wash., after 10 years in Andover. As the congregation looks for its next pastor, Davis, 66, said her job is to help parishioners explore who they are, why they do the things they do and what the future holds. She sees herself in a role similar to John the Baptist.

“It’s not my job to tell them whom to chose. I feel my job is to point them to who’s coming. I’ll help them look beyond themselves, let them see a better sense of who they are and hopefully help them chose the person whose right for them,” she said.

Before entering the ministry, she was a retail buyer and an elementary school teacher. All the while she was active in the church as a member of the vestry, a lay preacher, Eucharistic minister and Sunday school teacher. She also worked with battered woman, rape victims and children.

“I procrastinated a lot about me going to seminary. I was contributing a lot as a lay woman, but there’s an inner nagging you can’t ignore any longer,” she said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Townspeople
  • SCOUTS SKI1

    Courtesy Photo Boy Scout Troop 76 based at Ballard Vale Church in Andover traveled to Mt. Cranmore last month for its annual Ski Trip.

    Ski trip for Troop 76 Boy Scouts Posted 6 days ago 2 Photos
  • Kiwanis Club readies annual charitable Feast Posted 6 days ago
  • GREEK2

    Courtesy photo The students from Greek Language School of Andover demonstrate a traditional dance at Sts. Constantine and Helen Church during a program commemorating the 1821 Greek War of Independence.

    Celebration of Greek independence Posted 6 days ago 2 Photos
  • RITZER

    Share your memories of Colleen Ritzer Posted 13 days ago 1 Photo
  • 'Book of Golden Deeds' nominees sought Posted 13 days ago
  • IRONSTONE1

    Maya Schwinn-Clanton was paired with Wenzel in the "Shamrocks" group.

    A lucky day for young equestrians Posted 13 days ago 6 Photos
  • BRIDGE PLAYER1

    Courtesy Photo Norman Humer, right, with Mark Aquino at the Eastern Massachusetts Bridge Association winter sectional tournament.

    Townspeople Posted 13 days ago 2 Photos
  • Thursday, March 27, 2014
  • AT STEARNS

    William Stearns

    Townspeople Posted 20 days ago 1 Photo
  • YMCA INDIA

    Courtesy photo Participating in the Merrimack Valley YMCA Social Entrepreneurship Institute's recent 10-day trip to India were, bottom left to right, J. Shamila Doris, secretary of the Madurai YMCA, which is a parner to the local Y; Rev. S. Suyambu, general secretary of the Madurai YMCA; Stephen Ives, president and CEO of the Merrimack Valley YMCA; Deborah Hope, Merrimack Valley YMCA board member; Cathleen Landry, chief financial officer of the Merrimack Valley YMCA; Katie DesBois, director of grant management and research for the Merrimack Valley YMCA; Rosa Lopez, secretary of the Merrimack Valley YMCA board; Anne Whalen, executive director of the Methuen YMCA; Ali Beauchamp, business manager of the Lawrence YMCA; Shannon Delany, YMCA Day Camp Otter director' and Alex Turek, executive director of the Andover/North Andover YMCA

    YMCA leaders take entrepreneurial trip to India Posted 20 days ago 1 Photo
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014
  • MCQUADE2

    Courtesy photo Patients line up to receive free medical care in rural Louisiana. Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr. Charles F. McQuade, a dentist from Andover, was among about 120 Navy and Air National Guard medical professionals who participated in Cajun Care.

    Local dentist pitches in for Operation Cajun Care Posted 27 days ago 2 Photos

Pictures of the Week
Stocks