Mark and Amy were called to ministry here at Bethany in the summer of 2002. They were called as Co-Ministers, each sharing the care and leadership of the congregation.
Neither allows the other to claim to be the boss, but they both agree that they have different skills and areas of responsibility. Rev. Amy ministers in the Sunday School, Youth Group, Confirmation Class, administration, Book Group,and staff oversight. Rev. Mark ministers through outreach, mission, Nursing Home Services, adult education, and hospital visitation. They share worship leadership and preaching, although Mark may do more of that. The more planning and detail work something needs, Mark likes Amy to do it. Amy likes Mark to take things that are more spontaneous or uncertain. They insist that "rock, paper or scissors” is how they settle most disputes.
They like to be called Mark and Amy, have fond memories of being called Rev Mark or Rev Amy from a missionary relationship in Jamaica, but both seem to let the other one answer to "Rev. Pitton” if work is involved.
As humans, they are glad they are married (to each other). They met in Seminary (Andover Newton Theological School). They worked in separate churches in Connecticut for three years before working as co-associate ministers in Rutland, Vermont. They have two children. Both seem to like their parents.
Mark is happy doing very little although kayaking, cooking, computer games, reading (murder/mysteries, fantasy/scifi, sometimes literature ) all run a close second. He is a Bread Baker and finds real enjoyment out of this. Amy seems happiest when she is doing a lot, from reading (trashy romance, Jane Austin, NYT best sellers, and String Theory), decorating, talking, renovating, moving furniture, talking, sewing, knitting, beading, talking, and complaining about the laundry. When it comes to TV; Red Sox, and Big Bang Theory, are their common favorites. Only one likes “Say Yes to the Dress.”
You do not need to be a member to talk to them. They listen well and give comfort and counsel as needed. To talk to either one, call the church office 223-2424. Generally, Amy is in Monday through Thursday and Mark is in Tuesday through Friday.
Email works too, although Saturday and Sunday can be iffy for a fast response.
They are on Facebook too