Local clergy help to build a home in Andover    

Courtesy photoLocal clergy taking part in a Habitat for Humanity build in Andover included, from left: Rev. Mike Hodges, Christ Church Andover; Reverend Lee Bluemel, North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist; Rev. Jen Vath, Christ Church Andover; Rev. Dana Allan- Walsh, Senior Pastor, South Church, Andover; Pastor Debra Adams, Trinitarian Congregational Church, North Andover; Senior Pastor Jon Paul, Free Christian, Andover and North Andover; Senior Pastor Katrina Wuensch, West Parish, Andover; Rev. Alex Shea Will, Associate Pastor, South Church Andover.

Eight local clergy spent a recent morning together to help build a house with Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity and many of them are from Andover congregations.

This was the first time the clergy had the opportunity to build together, and they agreed that it was a wonderful experience.

Those participating in the daylong event included Mike Hodges, Christ Church Andover; Rev. Lee Bluemel, North Parish of North Andover Unitarian Universalist; Rev. Jen Vath, Christ Church Andover; Rev. Dana Allan-Walsh, Senior Pastor, South Church, Andover; Pastor Debra Adams, Trinitarian Congregational Church, North Andover; Senior Pastor Jon Paul, Free Christian, Andover; Senior Pastor Katrina Wuensch, West Parish, Andover; and Rev. Alex Shea Will, Associate Pastor, South Church Andover worked together.

 “Partnering with Habitat has been one of my proudest moments in ministry," said Rev. Will, associate Pastor of South Church. "A church using its resources to help create affordable housing is exactly what Jesus would want us to do. Getting the chance to use our hands and bodies to help build the homes our new neighbors who will soon live in, on Lupine Road in Andover, is an incredible joy and blessing."

"There is something deeply powerful about doing the physical work of welcoming and making room for our neighbors," he added. "The Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity supervisors on site are incredibly friendly, helpful, and easy to work with. No matter your skill level, there is a way for you to help at a Habitat build."

This is Andover’s first affordable homeownership community project which is a collaboration between Andover Community Trust and Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Anyone interested in bringing a group to build should email: Thea@mvhfh.org or volunteer@mvhfh.org.

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