St. John's U.C.C., Kutztown, installed its first female pastor, Pastor Sue Marie Baskette, on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Baskette grew up in Connecticut, earning degrees in architecture and engineering at Roger Williams College.

'After several years fulfilling these roles I returned to school for my Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary,' wrote Baskette on the church's website, www.stjohns-ucc.org.

Baskette started her ministry in northern Vermont in a local parish and served as campus minister at the University of Vermont.

She explained that what brought her to Kutztown was a 'calling.'

'I'am enthused about this congregation and their mission and their looking outside their own walls,' she said.

Baskette said that St. John's not only looks as to how they can make a difference locally, but they also look as to how they can make a difference globally.

'They have a long history of education, having ties way back from the founding of the town and connections with the University, founding of the school,' she said. 'They would like to strengthen those ties.'

She focused on preaching and teaching the word of God, noting that the congregation is interested in 'incorporating God's word into living out their faith and renewing the depth of their spirituality by constantly keeping their ears open and their hearts open to hearing the word of God.'

Her goal is to help the congregation in meeting and living out St. John's mission. 'To broaden their ties with the greater world as well as to make a difference within this community,' said Baskette.

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