Pastor (beginning January 1st): Rev. Dr. Tracy Reeves
Born in Bangor and raised in Hampden, ME, I am a graduate of Hampden Academy and have a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from the University of Maine as well as Masters of Divinty and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Bangor Theological Seminary. Before entering seminary, I taught elementary art and still like to exercise my creative skills in a variety of ways. In the old order of things, I was ordained as a Deacon in the Maine Annual Conference in 1992 and as an Elder in the New England Annual Conference in 1998. If you do the math, you will see that I have now been in full-time ministry for more than 30 years (I served part-time for two years as a student local pastor). My family of origin included my parents, Jean and Calvin and my brothers Scott and James, my sister, Beverly, and ME! The parsonage family today consists of the lovely CeeCee (a one-eyed dilute calico) and ... ME. I have served churches in [North Sullivan, Gouldsboro, Prospect Harbor], [Easton, Mars Hill], [Orland, Bucksport, North Bucksport, Penobscot], [North Brewer/Eddington, Brewer], [Lunenburg, MA], [Old Town, Stillwater, Mattawamkeag], and now am happy to live and serve in Aroostook County once more but this time with the people of Grant Memorial UMC.
Grant Memorial Administrative Assistant: Melissa Dyer
Melissa Dyer has been the Administrative Assistant at Grant Memorial for over 20 years.
She received her B.A. in Psychology in 1999 from the Univ. of Maine at Presque Isle.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys reading, writing, photography, spending time in the outdoors, and spending time with family & friends.
She and her husband, Brent, have three children Elizabeth, Amelia & William.
Minister of Music: Dan Ladner
Daniel Ladner has been the organist and choir director at Grant Memorial for almost 25 years. His career as an organist began when he was a freshman in high school and has continued for fifty-nine years. Dan taught English, speech, theatre, and chorus at Presque Isle High School and has always been active in community theatre productions in both Presque Isle and Caribou.
He served as director of the Caribou Performing Arts Center for ten years, where he also taught speech and theatre, directing the theatre programs at both high schools. Dan has enjoyed judging drama festivals on both the regional and state levels.
He has been an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is well-known in the area as an organ recitalist, and has been the conductor of the Caribou Choral Society for thirty-three years. Dan officially "retired" in 1999 after a forty-year career in education.