Zion Reformed United Church of Christ announces new pastor

February 05, 2011

Zion Reformed United Church of Christ, at 201 N. Potomac St. in Hagerstown, has announced that the Rev. Kevin S. Munroe is its new pastor.

Munroe will conduct the worship service and will deliver his initial sermon today at 11 a.m.

Munroe graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of arts degree in architecture and philosophy and holds a master of architecture from the University of New Mexico.

Years later, he received a Master of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological Seminary.

Munroe taught architectural history at Roger Williams University, was a lecturer in mechanical systems at Rhode Island School of Design and was assistant professor in the architectural technology program at Memphis State University.

He was a senior high Sunday school teacher at Christ Church Presbyterian, worked with the confirmation class of First Congregational Church in Vernon, Conn., and has led adult Bible studies, including several on the Gospel of Mark.  

He was on the board of trustees for nine years at a hospital and was chairman of the building committee. He was president of Sympatico, a self-help organization serving people in trouble with drugs, alcohol and suicide.

As a Rotarian, he served as treasurer and scholarship chair for the club. He was the founding member of and chair of the Saugatucket River Heritage Corridor Coalition.

He has had his own architectural business since 1980. Starting off as Kevin S. Munroe — Architect, the business grew and the name changed in 1993 to Columbia Architectural Group. The office was in Wakefield, R.I., in an old Methodist Church.  

In the church, Munroe has been moderator, council member and president, two times, during tumultuous interim periods of the church's history. At the Kingston Congregation Church UCC, he has been preaching, baptizing, counseling, performing weddings and funerals, and providing leadership and pastoral care since 1983.  He served as pastor during sabbaticals and summers, as well as being assistant to the pastor.

He has been married to Margaret for 39 years and the couple has two children, Scott and Kileen, who are married and each have two children.

Before retiring, Margaret had a career in media and corporate communications. She has a doctorate from Boston University in instructional media and technology.

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