Meet Our Former Staff

Reverend Dr. Gary R. Shahinian

I was the pastor of this wonderful church for 19 years. I grew up in Clifton, New Jersey, 14 miles west of Manhattan. I graduated from Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities, and earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Vrije Universeit in Amsterdam. I have taught philosophy and theology at Redeemer College in Ontario, Dordt College in Iowa, and Worcester State University. I have also studied Film Theory and lead our church’s Movie Matinee discussions. Before being called as the Senior Pastor of Park Congregational Church, I served as the Senior Pastor of the Armenian Church of the Martyrs in Worcester, as the Interim Associate Pastor of Pakachoag Church (UCC) in Auburn, MA, and as the Interim Associate Pastor of First Church (UCC) in Marlborough, MA. I used to live in Worcester with my wife, Linda Bogosian, and our dog, Ralphie.

You can read more about why we closed the church in this news article.

Church Calling it Quits After 133 Years Of Service