Rev. Dr. Keith Alderman
Our Senior Pastor is The Reverend Dr. Keith C. Alderman. Keith was born in Bristol, Connecticut, and grew up in Farmington, Connecticut. He is a graduate of Hartford State Technical College and Central Connecticut State University. He received a Master of Divinity Degree from Bangor Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York. He is married to Penny Alderman.
At the time of his ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the United Church of Christ in 1992, Keith was serving the Lakemont Congregational Church, UCC in Lakemont, New York and the Rock Stream Presbyterian Church in Rock Stream, New York. He then served St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Auburn, New York before being called to serve Pilgrim Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Leominster, Massachusetts in 2004.
Keith belongs to the Committee on Authorized Ministry of the Central Association of the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. He is also a member of Confessing Christ, a center of serious and joyful reflection in the UCC, as well as the Leominster Interfaith Clergy Association.
Keith has also been the chair of the Spiritual Life Committee in the Genesee Valley Association of the New York Conference of the UCC, and is a Grand Chaplain for the Grand Lodge of Masons in Massachusetts. Keith has published material about Jungian Psychology and has written for the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts.
Dan was born and raised in Stamford, CT. He came to Boston to attend college where he met his wife of now 42 years, Sue. They have two daughters who each have two children (two boys and two girls - nice symmetry) and they live in Newton and Medfield. Dan and Sue live in Norfolk where they settled in nicely to a 55+condominium. They spent most of their time in Massachusetts, living in Medfield where they were active members of UCC Medfield.
Dan's professional life was spent in running his retail store in Wellesley. The name is London Harness Company and the store is well known for fine leather goods, handbags, luggage, and gifts. It is the oldest continually operating retail store in the country (1776). Dan acquired the business in 1981. He sold the store two years ago to a young couple who have worked for him for 14 years. He continues to help them transition, and refers to himself there as the "Owner Emeritus." In his spare time he is a runner who tries to get in five miles 3-4 times a week. He is also musical, having spent many years in the choir as well as directing a men's barbershop chorus. Sue was a 5th grade teacher in Medfield who retired a few years ago after 27 years. She loved her work, and is grateful to have had the chance to make a real difference in the lives of many children.
Dan had been sensing God's call for a while when he made the decision to enter Andover Newton Seminary in 2009. He worked and went to school part-time until he graduated in May of 2015 with his Master of Divinity. He is currently a member-in-discernment with the UCC Central Association where Reverend Keith serves as his adviser. He is looking forward to ordination in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
Dan has had several chaplaincy rotations at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and recently completed his fourth and final unit. He loves that work but also loves the work of parish ministry. He had two very fulfilling years as a student minister at Franklin Federated Church in Franklin, MA. He has since spent a lot of time discerning the path to where God may be leading him and feels he has found a place here at Pilgrim Congregational that gives him the opportunity to make the best use of the skills he has mastered. More importantly though, Dan celebrates this opportunity to share his gift of human connection as he assists Reverend Keith in the life of this very active and caring congregation.