Pastor Christopher Dare
I was born in South Bend Indiana in 1953 and am the oldest of four children. I was baptized in the Methodist Church at six months of age and confirmed in the sixth grade. I attended youth group, was a Boy Scout and sang in the choir at my home church in Mishawaka, Indiana. I also attended our church camps every year of my Junior & Senior High School years. In the summer of 1969 I spent the entire summer at our church camp doing dramas and music for the campers. Except for the four years I was in the Air Force, I have lived in Indiana. After my military service, I went to Purdue University and graduated with a BS in Electronics. For over twenty years, I worked in the engineering field.
My wife Rhonda grew up in Woodland, Maine. She has a son Richard who still lives there. She also has a daughter Shelly who lives in Connor Township and a daughter Nichole who lives in Gardiner. Rhonda also has grandchildren, siblings and other relatives in the Caribou area.
My spiritual growth took a great leap after attending a Walk to Emmaus weekend in my late 30s. I then began to experience a call to ministry. I prayed to God for confirmation that the call was really Him. One day at church, for no apparent reason, three people suggested to me within the course of an hour that I should consider going into the ministry. I was astonished, since no one had ever said such a thing to me before.
I started seminary when I was 42 and was appointed to my first church as a student pastor. That first Sunday someone walked into the church and called out, “Pastor!” I had no idea they were talking to me. Since then I have been very blessed to serve four loving and generous congregations. I’ve always known that where God put me was where I was supposed to be. There is no doubt that will also be true for my time at Grant Memorial. I am already praying for you and I consider it an honor and privilege to be allowed to serve Christ as your pastor. God Bless you all,
Grant Memorial Administrative Assistant: Melissa Dyer
Melissa Dyer has been the Administrative Assistant at Grant Memorial for over 10 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 eleven 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.