For pastoral needs, please call Pastor Hilary at 401-253-7288.  


The Reverend Mr. Burton Bagby-Grose

Senior Pastor and Teacher

A few words from Pastor Burton:

“I am inspired by First Congregational Church's welcoming spirit and deep commitment to including children and youth in all aspects of church life. I'm passionate about our dedication to be the hands and feet of Christ here on earth by serving our community in Christ's name.

“And I'm passionate about interfaith dialogue. Jesus calls us to love ALL of our neighbors.”

“And I'm passionate about sharing with today's youth that God loves everyone: gay, straight, black, white, pink, or purple...."

“First Congregational Church is truly a place where spirit, heart, and mind meet.”

In the fall of 2017, our congregation voted to affirm God's call on Pastor Burton's life to become our senior pastor and teacher. He grew up in Houston and attended Howard Payne University, majoring in public relations and speech with a minor in radio/television. Pastor Burton attended Andover Newton Theological School, the oldest graduate school of theology in America. He majored in pastoral care and minored in preaching for his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton, a covenantal seminary of the United Church of Christ. He has completed additional studies at Harvard Divinity School and Yale Divinity School.

Prior to coming to First Congregational Church, Pastor Burton served as a United Church of Christ pastor and teacher in South Texas after serving the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ as Minister for Communications. He has also served as CEO of several non-profits and worked for the United States Congress.

A descendant of colonial clergy, Pastor Burton loves American history, both early and recent. 

God has blessed Pastor Burton and his husband Ron with a beautiful daughter named Rosalee. They enjoy travel, hiking gardening and playing with their three Scottish Terriers, Angus, Duncan, and Louisa.

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Reverend Mr. Burton Bagby-Grose and family

The Reverend Mr. Burton Bagby-Grose, left, with his husband Ron, their daughter Rosalee, and their Scottish Terriers, Angus, Fiona and Louisa.

Jesus said: 
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another." ~ John 13:34

First Congregational Church of Bristol, Rhode Island300 High Street  ♦  Bristol, RI 02809
(401) 253-7288   ♦

The First Congregational Church in Bristol
is proud to be an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

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