Intentional Interim Pastor: Pastor Eugene Heacock
Pastor Gene Heacock lives in Gloucester with his wife Sandy and they have four children and five grandchildren. Gene has served churches in Massachusetts, Connecticut and New York, helped establish ten new churches in the Northeast and is an adjunct faculty member at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Pastor Gene brings over thirty years of leadership, leadership development, team training and coaching experience to West Congregational Church. He is passionate about serving people by helping them achieve their growth potential as a leader. This will be his twelfth church he has served in as Intentional Interim Pastor. Pastor Gene began his ministry as Intentional Interim Pastor at West on October 29, 2017. To learn more about this position and Pastor Gene’s ministry please read November West Winds.
Associate Pastor: Pastor Rick T. McDonnell
Pastor Rick was converted to Christ in his junior year at Boston College under the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. After graduating with a B.S. in Business Management, Rick went on Staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. He served in the campus ministry at the University of Connecticut from 1976-1978. It was there that he met Kathy Carey and was married in August 1978. He then entered Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and graduated in 1982 with a Masters of Divinity.
His first pastoral ministry was at the Pittsford Congregational Church in Vermont from 1982-1989. He left the pastoral ministry for a season working as a Honda car salesman, and then managing a retail leather goods store in Rutland, Vermont. He was instrumental in starting the Reformed Bible Church in Rutland, Vermont and served there part-time before coming to West Church in June of 1992.
For 25 years Pastor Rick has served as the Associate Pastor overseeing Christian Education, Small Group Ministries, Youth Ministry and Community Outreach. He also preaches occasionally, teaches regularly an Adult Sunday School Class, disciples men, leads missions trips, does pastoral visiting and serves a variety of ministry tasks as needed for the good of West Church.
Rick and Kathy McDonnell have been married since 1978. Kathy serves as the Music Committee Chair; and facilitates the Worship Team and special music in the church. She also works part-time at an insurance agency in Danvers, Massachusetts. Rick and Kathy have 2 delightful children Ryan and Katelyn who they are so proud of; and who are both happily married and live near. They have a three grandchildren, who they enjoy deeply.
Pastor Rick enjoys going to the gym for daily exercise and evangelism, is a die-hard New England Patriots Fan and enjoys tennis, walking, being outside, eating good food and reading theology books and mystery novels. Rick and Kathy love the people at West Church for they are their spiritual family.