Pastor Adam

Rev. Adam Isbitsky (he/him/his) is blessed to serve Ballard Vale United Church as Designated Term Pastor. He is a Massachusetts native and was as active member of his home church, First Congregational Church of Stoughton, United Church of Christ. Adam completed the Master of Divinity program with Certificate in Interfaith Leadership at Andover Newton Theological School and a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Saint Vincent Hospital at Worcester Medical Center. He is an ordained minister in and on behalf of the United Church of Christ and a member of the Interim Ministry Network, where he completed the Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry program. 

Prior to attending seminary, Adam trained in music and education, and you can often find him singing or playing keyboard instruments here and there when he gets the chance. He co-founded and managed a local nonprofit children’s theatre company throughout its eight years of producing fun, educational productions. Adam enjoys crafting and participating in good worship and always finds ways to blend humor with a deep love for God and the earth. He is passionate about the value of church as a caring community: a group—yes, even an institution (gasp! a dirty word)—that cares for its own members and friends and reaches out in caring to others in need. He looks to Jesus as an example of what that means, especially taking to heart his prayed words “on earth as it is heaven.” Prior to serving Ballard Vale United Church, Adam served churches in Boston, Wellesley Hills, East Weymouth, North Middleboro, and Holliston in similar in both pastoral and music ministry positions. He looks forward to serving with Ballard Vale United Church during this time of transition and discernment. 

Designated Term Pastor? What Does That Mean?

The goal of a designated-term pastorate is to work toward the church’s declared purpose(s) for a specific season; often the pastor’s skills match the congregation’s declared goals. Examples of designated term pastors include New Ministry Start Pastor, Revitalization Pastor, Hospice/Legacy Pastor, or other for the purpose of a merger, relocation, reunification, cultural reassessment, staff transition, selling a building, or healing a crisis. Pastor Adam, whose ministry specialty is in working with churches in transition, will partner with us for a designated term of three years beginning in September 2020. 

We have set forth three main goals to guide this during a three-year designated term:
  • To find our mission as a church and ascertain what we specifically can offer our greater community which is not already being met by other local congregations. 
  • To find clarity around our long-term viability as a stand-alone church. 
  • To form connections with at least one other congregation to allow us to meet the needs of our current members and to investigate a potential future where we might want to yoke ourselves in some way to another UCC church.