Our Minister: Rev. David Bryce
Prior to coming to The First Church in Belmont, David served as senior minister at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings on Hudson, NY for 17 years. His congregation there described him as bringing warmth, vitality, and wisdom to his ministry. A former human services administrator and counselor, he is strongly committed to issues of social justice–human rights, economic justice, and racial and sexual equality.
David, a nearly lifelong Unitarian and a graduate of Yale Divinity School, will bring rich experience to our church. He is known for his moving worship services and sermons as well as his collaborative style, which was important as the Hastings church moved from a Pastoral to a Program-sized congregation. “I gained a wealth of knowledge about ministry and about congregational life,” he said, describing his church’s growth. Besides helping programs like Children’s and Adult RE grow, David supervised intern ministers, mentored those in Preliminary Fellowship, was elected to serve as one of four Good Offices Persons in the NY UU Ministers Association, and was invited to speak at a United Nations anti-torture worship service.
During sabbaticals he studied congregational growth and honed his considerable counseling abilities in Clinical Pastoral Education at Norwalk Hospital, helping the ill and dying. His skills in counseling and administration were first developed in his 22 years as a mental health worker, a director of a telephone crisis counseling center, and a substance abuse counselor and administrator.
David describes himself as a Humanist although he cautions, “That does not fully encompass my faith beliefs. I believe in our Unitarian heritage of reason applied to religion and our Universalist heritage of universal love.”
Raised in New York City as the son of actor parents, Rev. Bryce has been married for 28 years to Eugenia Kogan Bryce. Genie, a registered nurse and a supervisor of clinical services at a large visiting nurse agency, is pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing. Their daughter Heather lives in Montpelier, Vermont.
Rev. Bryce says, “I feel both excited and humbled by the prospect of serving the Belmont Church. I assure you that I will do my utmost to live up to the confidence you have placed in me and in my abilities.”
Contact Rev. Bryce:
617-484-1054, ext 202