Broad Brook Congregational Church welcomes new minister
By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Broad Brook - posted Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
The Broad Brook Congregational Church, at 122 Main St., recently welcomed its new settled minister, the Rev. Carol B. Lewis, and one of the things that most impressed Lewis about the approximately 100-member congregation, she said, is the fact that it is a friendly, passionate group of people that cares deeply about faith.
“For a small church, they really manage to do a lot,” Lewis said.
“We had our regional minister visit about two weeks ago, and probably only one or two people knew who he was, but I watched as after the service almost everyone introduced themselves to him. I was so pleased. They really do welcome everyone here,” said Lewis.
Lewis formally joined the church as pastor on Nov. 1, conducting her first service on Oct. 27. She replaced Pastor Rev. Joe Callahan, who retired, and who was followed by the Rev. Mike Ader, who served in the interim.
Lewis said she came into the ministry a bit later in life, her first career being in nursing. “It was one of these callings I’ve had for a long, long time, but I always made excuses for why it shouldn’t be me,” she said.
A Connecticut native, Lewis was brought up in Niantic, and has lived in Glastonbury, Colchester and now Ellington, but it was her years living in North Carolina that finally moved her to follow the call. “When we lived in North Carolina, I got to know the minister at the church we attended pretty well. The ministry was also a second career for him, and I asked him how he knew [that he should go into ministry]. His story was so similar to mine,” said Lewis, adding that after thoughtful prayer and talking to her husband, who was very supportive, she decided to go to seminary.
Lewis attended the Yale Divinity School, graduating in 2010. Sadly, her husband did not get to see her graduate. He passed away in 2009. Today, Lewis makes her home in Ellington with her son, Chuck, daughter-in-law Aimee, and their two children, Charles and Elizabeth. She also has a daughter and son-in-law who live in Massachusetts with their two daughters.
It’s safe to say Lewis is an animal-lover. Between her two children’s households, Lewis said they have five dogs, all of whom are an important part of their families. “We did animal rescue work when living in North Carolina and at one point we had 38 dogs, three horses, one goat and six cats,” said Lewis. Among other things, her interests include sewing, quilting, and UConn women’s basketball.
To learn more about the congregation, visit the website www.BroadBrookCongregationalChurch.org.