Reverend Patty Fox has joined the First Congregational Church of Camden as Associate Minister.

Camden — The First Congregational Church of Camden has announced that Reverend Patty Fox will now serve as Associate Minister. Fox joins Senior Minister, Reverend Doctor Ute Molitor in serving the congregation and the wider community. She commenced her position on Friday, April 1, and has been acclimating herself to the role.

The areas of ministry which Fox has been tasked with include strengthening the church’s Christian Education/Formation for children and youth, widening the church’s welcome, and helping the congregation live into its Open and Affirming identity.

In recent weeks, she has been planning a service to honor Pride Month, and on Sunday, June 5, at 9:30 am, a service of worship will be held to celebrate First Congregational Church’s Open and Affirming identity, embracing diversity and affirming the dignity and worth of every person, and specifically to recognize the positive impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals have on our community. All are welcome to sing, pray and celebrate together on June 5.

Fox said, “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of faith often experience emotional and spiritual injury in those churches that condemn their capacity to love and seek love. Because they’ve learned that “All Are Welcome” usually doesn’t apply to them, they can’t assume that any church will be safe for them and their families.”

To further illustrate, Fox states, “The First Congregational Church of Camden believes that we are all created in God’s image and so we, as a faith community, welcome into full membership and participation in the Body of Christ persons of every race, ethnic background, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, socio-economic background, marital status and faith background. We welcome everyone to share in all aspects of our church life.”

Fox graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained by the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 1992. She transferred her ordination to the United Church of Christ in 2019. In addition to a Master of Divinity, she holds a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University, and is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Massachusetts. Over her 30-year professional career she has worked as a chaplain in a variety of settings including college campuses and shelters for survivors of domestic violence. She has also provided pastoral care to people living with HIV/AIDS and those in hospice and has worked as a pastor in church settings with five different congregations.

Joining Fox and Molitor will be a number of church members and friends sharing in the June 5 worship service, adding voice and instrumental music to the welcoming atmosphere. A coffee hour fellowship will immediately follow the service.

The 9:30 worship service will also be available via Zoom, and anyone interested in attending in this way should contact Becky in the church office by noon on Friday, June 3, to receive an invitation at 236-4821 or churchoffice@camdenucc.org.