In 2019 the six churches comprising the Kennebec River United Methodist Churches entered into an informal agreement to support one another through mutual ministry opportunities. Since that time the six congregations have participated in classes, Advent retreats, and outdoor worship experiences. Due to the pandemic most joint activities have been put on hold, but we are once again beginning to join together in fellowship, learning, and ministry.
Effective July 1, 2022 the six churches of the Kennebec River Churches officially became a Cooperative Parish. As of July 1, 2023 the six churches of the cooperative parish will be led by the Rev. Angela Rotherham as lead pastor and Pastor Mauren Juliao as associate pastor. Below you can read about each of these pastors.
Angela Rotherham grew up as an Air Force brat but with deep roots in Maine. Her father's family can trace their roots to German immigrants who helped to settle Waldoboro and her mother's family came over on the Mayflower (but quickly moved north!). Both her parents grew up in the Bangor area. For a few years they were stationed at Loring AFB in the County, but other than that, moved all over the United States and spent two tours in England. She graduated with honors from Mount Holyoke College in 1998. Since 1999, she has chosen to live and work in Maine performing a wide variety of jobs before answering her call to ministry. She received a Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2011. She served one year as a student pastor at the Hampden Highlands UMC, served the Orono UMC for a year as their Sunday School Superintendent, started her first appointment as a Local Pastor in 2010 at Corinna UMC, was commissioned and appointed to Peaks Island from 2012-2019, and has been serving the Wayne Community Church since then. Her husband, Dan, is from England and is a driver and warehouse worker for a car-part distribution company. They have two cats, Penny & Jinx, who they adore as their fur babies.
"I am excited about this appointment to the River Churches Cooperative Parish because it has the potential of helping us all return to our Methodist roots. At one time, the local church belonged to the community and the people who lived there; a pillar of the community that everyone knew they could lean on when times were tough and a place to celebrate life's most precious milestones. Together we will get to define what it means to flourish, to have vital and healthy ministries, and to connect with a vision of being part of Christ's ONE Body."
Mauren Juliao is from Brazil, where she served the Methodist Church for more than 20 years as a pastor’s wife and lay member of the church, 6 of them as a local pastor. She had a missionary experience in the Brazilian Amazon, where she helped to plant a church and worked training lay members and evangelists. Teaching is an emphasis in her ministry, and she has produced biblical studies for adults and young adults within the National Sunday School Department in Brazil for six years. Writing is one of her passions. She also loves to listen to people, pray, and work with discipleship. In the U.S. she has been serving Brazilian communities as a lay member and pastor’s wife, working with women’s ministry, training, and food pantries coordination.