West Parish Congregational Church was organized in 1796, and is the oldest continuing institution in the Town of Bethel, after the town itself. The current historic meetinghouse building on Church Street was originally built in 1847.
We are a church dedicated to extending Jesus' welcome to every person. Our mood is hopeful, our spirit is uplifting. As we gather to sing hymns from our rich heritage, to pray for healing of people and the earth, and to hear an inspiring message from our pastor, we are thankful for our legacy and for Christ's call to lovingly serve God and neighbor. In response to that call, we cheerfully support both global and local outreach to people in need.
Rev. Dr. Tim LeConey
Rev. Dr. Tim LeConey, the youngest of five children, grew up in southern New Jersey in an American Baptist church and went to Drew University in Madison, NJ. While working at Camp Oceanwood in Ocean Park, Maine, during his college years, he met his future wife, Mary, and discovered a call to ministry. Tim attended Andover Newton Theological School and received a Master of Divinity in 2000, the same year that he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ. Tim served as Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, Vermont, for five years and then Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Fryeburg, Maine, for ten years. In 2013, Tim graduated from Bangor Seminary with a doctorate in ministry. Mary is an Occupational Therapist with Androscoggin Home Health. Tim and Mary have three children: Liam, 26; Ben, 23, and Evan, 18, and one grandchild, Lincoln, 2. Tim enjoys hiking, nordic skiing, running, reading, listening to music, and singing.
YOUTH & FAMILY MINISTRIES
Ms. Patricia Boyle-Wight is one of the youngest of eight children, and grew up in Connecticut, where her Roman Catholic Church was a pivotal part of her family life and faith formation. She graduated from the University of Connecticut, with degrees in Music Performance and Education. When she moved to Maine for graduate school, she met her future husband, Eric. After receiving her Master of Education in Educational Philosophy, she began teaching music. Shortly thereafter they moved to western Maine and began attending West Parish Congregational Church. Over the course of many years, while their two children were growing up, Patricia attended seminary at Andover Newton Theological School, and in 2017 received a Master of Arts in Theological Studies, focusing on Worship, Ethics, and Christian Education. Patricia began her position as CE Coordinator of Youth and Family Ministries here at WPCC that same summer. Patricia and Eric have two grown children. Carla is a music teacher in Vermont, and Gaelan is a chemistry student at St. Michael's College, also in Vermont. Patricia enjoys dancing, writing, travel, making music of many genres, scrap-booking, and spending time with her extensive family.
Youth & Family Ministries
Elizabeth Smith is from upstate New York and was raised in the Methodist church having three generations of Methodist ministers preceding her. She went to S.U.N.Y. at Plattsburgh and then onto Boston University to work on a M.M. in Piano Performance. Having been in a car accident and needing a good year to heal, she decided to try Music Education. Fast forward 37 years, and Liz has taught Pre-K through college in Massachusetts and Maine with most experience in elementary education, chorus, and band. She has been a member of MENC, AOSA, Bethel Community Band, and ChoralArt. Liz is presently serving as organist, recording hymns for the on-line service, and accompanying at the West Parish Congregationalist Church. She and her husband, Jonathan, a fellow music teacher, have two adult children, Simon and Anneliese, who both surprisingly decided to study Music Education. Liz enjoys swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, tap dance, reading, playing the piano, flute, singing, and best of all- time with family.
Music Director & Organist