Reverend Susan (Susie) Jane Maxwell is Centre Street’s enthusiastic pastor. Having not grown up in a faith tradition, yet experiencing something larger and present in life and all of creation, Susie identifies with the faith-seeking postmoderns who know there are many paths to God/the Holy/the Mystery/ the Divine. A prior career in pediatric occupational therapy gave way to seminary. After a stellar start at Bangor Theological Seminary, she graduated from Andover Newton Theological School in 2014 with her Masters in Divinity.
Susie's interests are in pastoral care and counseling, spiritual wellness and development and preaching. In all aspects of her being, she thrives for creativity and openness. Susie loves and respects the rich aspects and traditions of the church’s worshipping identity, and especially seeks to connect what Scripture has testified to in the past, with today. Susie also seeks to broaden Scripture and tradition in order to make room for God’s on-going and usually mysterious revelation. Her favorite quality in her congregation is their openness to their shared faith journey. Susie finds them to be generous and loving people. Susie loves hiking, camping, canoeing, photography, writing and spending time with all the little people in her life (grandchildren and grand nieces and nephews). Susie and her husband Greg live in Whiting with their cats (and the cats LOVE to sit near the keyboard and supervise when Susie is writing a sermon!).
Cindy Huggins directs Centre Street Church’s two musical groups, the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Choir. A native Southerner, Cindy has a bachelor’s degree in music from Furman University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her diverse employment background includes running the food service at a large Southern Baptist conference center, selling elevated toilet seats at a medical supply company, typing purchase orders for parts needed in the manufacture of the seats in fighter jets, teaching college students about Victorian poetry and novels, and spending ten years as president of a small liberal arts university. Making music with the Centre Street choirs, however, is one of her all-time favorite jobs. Why? Because she gets to work with a community of wonderful, talented, generous people who love God and each other. And because music—making it and listening to it—is healing, transformative, and uplifts our very souls. Cindy breathes life into the music at Centre Street, come sing with us!
Bonnie Atkinson is one of Centre Street Church's many musicians. She accompanies the Chancel Choir, and also plays the hymns and service music on the beautiful Steinway piano each Sunday morning at Centre Street! Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from UMaine and a Master of Music Education Degree from Gordon College. She currently teaches Grades K-12 Music in four schools: D.W. Merritt in Addison, Harrington Elementary, Milbridge Elementary and Narraguagus Junior/Senior High School.
She has been a member of the Machias music community since moving to Downeast Maine in 1997 playing for many local churches, musicals, Town Band performances and more! Her piano playing is so beautiful, people are often moved to tears - we kid you not. Come listen!
A native of Washington County, Ellen Bridges understands our area's unique culture, needs and gifts. Her down-to-earth nature combined with her love of children and God make Ellen a great fit as our multi-age Sunday School teacher.
Ellen is a mother, a grandmother and has previously taught Sunday school, so she understands kids and their unique needs in terms of their spiritual growth and development.
Come join Ellen and the rest of the gang on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays to learn our faith's ancient stories, discover God in our daily lives and to grow as faithful and caring people.
The friendly face in the office and on the other end of the phone is Tammy (Johnson) Armstrong. Asour Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper, Tammy helps keep Centre Street organized. Whether helping Pastor Susie with the bulletins or helping to run our Machias Wild Blueberry Festival, Tammy is an integral part of the heart of the church.
A graduate of Washington Academy, Tammy has many fond memories of growing up in this area and this church. Her parents Barbara & Donald Johnson and grandparents Forest and Lulah (Molly) Nichols were members of Centre Street Church. Forest and Tammy's other grandfather Fredrick Johnson, worked on the church doing carpentry, painting, even steeple work!
After high school, Tammy moved away and attended school in Portland, ME for Accounting Clerk & Office Skills with Certificates of completion. Although she lived most of her adult life away, she returned to the place she considers home in 2015.
Tammy loves her faith journey with God, camping, scrapbooking, traveling, walking along the beach collecting colored glass/sea shells and spending time with her daughter Kristi Lyn.