Rev. Rob Donaldson
The Rev. Rob Donaldson is a native of Hudson, Massachusetts. His Master of Divinity is from Bangor Theological Seminary, and he was ordained at the First Congregational Church, U.C.C. of Lisbon, New York in 1992. Rob has served as pastor of Feeding Hills Congregational since March of 1994. He has been married to Debra Vaughan Donaldson since March of 1980. They have three adult children.
During Rob’s tenure, the church has held a strong, hands-on, boots-on-the-ground mission focus. While much of our ministry has been local, and in conjunction with other area ministries, particularly the Parish Cupboard in West Springfield, we have also sent teams to clean up and rebuild in disaster areas, including after Hurricane Mitch in Honduras, an earthquake in El Salvador, and after Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans area, as well as at churches destroyed by arson in South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia.
Our current effort includes organizing the collection of hygiene and clean up kits to assist with the recovery efforts now underway in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
Our church became Open and Affirming in 2005 following a two-year long education and discussion process led by Rev. Rob. We are presently working on raising our profile as the only ONA congregation in Agawam, with the hope to provide a safe and sacred place for not only adults, but LBGTQ teens as well.
Rob draws much of his theological inspiration from Jim Wallis, John Shelby Spong, Martin Luther King, Jr., Paula Fredriksen, and John Howard Yoder, but as an old rock ‘n’ roller, his sermons are often sprinkled with quotes from Bruce Cockburn among others. During the year between the departure of our long-time organist and the hiring of our current music director, Rob led hymns and anthems on his guitars, both acoustic and electric.
Rob is also active in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ, currently serving as Moderator of the Hampden Association.