The Rev. Deborah Tate Breault graduated from Yale Divinity School in 1986 and was ordained by her home church in Trumbull, CT in March 1987. She has served in both "settled" and interim ministry settings and is very glad to have this opportunity to work with the First Parish Church Saco.
Deborah has completed specialized training as an interim transitional ministry specialist. She loves working with churches that are open to the process of change and transformation through the processes of self-reflection, discernment, visioning, and prayer. She has served in a variety of ministry positions; local church, association, and the national United Church of Christ, as well as outdoor ministry settings. She enjoys serving at Pilgrim Lodge and has co-led the spring and fall Women's Weekends for quite a few years. She has served extensively on Church and Ministry Committees in four conferences over the past 29 years. From 2009-2012, she served as the New England Regional Women's Ministry Consultant on behalf of the United Church of Christ, Women in Mission and Local Church Ministries, Cleveland. She recently completed a four-year term on the Executive Committee of the Cumberland Association, serving as chair of the nominating committee.
Deborah was honored to participate in a Lily Foundation Grant Spiritual renewal program for ordained clergywomen "Women Touched by Grace" from 2004-2008. She also loves learning and teaching Spiritual Practices and is an Oblate of "Our Lady of Grace" Benedictine Monastery in Indianapolis, IN. Her own personal spiritual practice is frame drumming. In the early years she was a member of the "Mob of Angels" an original women's frame drum group led by master drummer, Layne Redmond, in New York City in the 1990's. She also loves sailing, horseback
riding, and pottery.
Director of Christian Education
In August of 2004 Kris became the Director of Christian Education for Children and Youth at First Parish Saco. She and her husband, Jim, have lived in Saco over 23 years while raising their family which includes Matt, Greg, Jeff, and Heather. Before coming to First Parish, she was on staff at South Congregational Church, UCC in Kennebunkport. She also works part time at Mercy Hospital in Portland as a Medical Technologist, a position she has held for over 20 years. She is a firm believer in Social Justice and Mission and has participated in four medical missions: Haiti twice, Jamaica and Guatemala. She has also traveled on several church mission trips to Honduras and New Orleans. Her passion is to help people of all ages develop a relationship with God through the transforming love of Jesus Christ. She feels that being at First Parish allows her to actively pursue this passion.
Director of Bell Choir