Rev. Esther Irish came to serve as our minister in October of 2004 via Interim Ministries American Baptist Churches USA. A wife, mother, and grandmother, her warm, friendly, welcoming nature is an excellent fit with our congregation.
A native of Litchfield, Maine, Esther holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a Masters of Divinity. She has previously been pastor at First Baptist Church in Jefferson, Maine, at Westside Baptist Church in Youngstown, Ohio, and at First Baptist Church in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Esther's background includes work as a consultant for World Mission Support. She's been president, vice president and a member of the board of managers for the American Baptist Historical Society. She has served the ABCUSA General Board as a member of the Committee on Denominational Inclusiveness, the Executive Committee, and the American Baptist Policy Statements & Resolutions Committee.
Esther has been president of International Ministries ABCUSA, as well as the chairperson and a member of many of its committees. She's been a board member of Educational Ministries ABCUSA, National Ministries ABCUSA, and numerous boards and committees with American Baptist Churches of Maine. Esther's experience also extends to couple's counseling, and child care.
As of January 1, 2011, Esther became our permanent minister. We at the Baptist Church in Warren feel lucky to have Esther Irish as our pastor, and we all hope she'll remain our pastor for a long time to come.