The Rev. Darren L. Morgan has been serving as our settled pastor since June 1, 2020. Before coming to Orleans, he served as the Associate Conference Minister of the Maine Conference, United Church of Christ. After twelve years in this ministry, he discerned a call to leave judicatory ministry to serve (once again) in a local church setting. Although he was open to God’s Spirit in determining where to serve, he described “living in exile” (Glenburn, Maine) away from the ocean he loves, therefore he purposefully (and prayerfully) considered positions where he felt “at home” close to the water. Rev. Morgan has been vacationing on Cape Cod for decades and is familiar with Orleans, most particularly biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
Rev. Morgan holds an Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement Technology from Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute in South Portland, Maine; a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts from the University of the State of New York, Albany, New York; a Master of Theological Studies and a Master of Divinity (with honors) from Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, Maine. He has extensive training and skills that will greatly benefit the Federated Church of Orleans.
A native of York Beach, Maine, Rev. Morgan served in the United States Army as a Criminal Investigator (CID Special Agent) and worked as a Police Officer for the York Police Department before entering seminary. He is an amateur auctioneer and a fan of HGTV home-improvement shows. Together for over twenty-five years, he comes to Orleans with his husband, Mark Baker. He is thrilled to make Orleans his new home and to get to know our congregation.