Pastor Eric Fustel has been appointed by the Bishop to serve as Pastor
I’ve lived in New England almost all of my life.I can, in one way or another, claim roots in all six New England states.Most of my younger years were spent in Connecticut and I’ve lived in New Hampshire since 1978.I grew up in a minister’s family, but I had no intention of ever being a pastor myself.I usually attended church services and my involvement spanned several denominations.I discovered that the Spirit of God is at work in every church where the path of Jesus is honored and followed.
I graduated from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass, and after college I pursued a career in the restaurant industry for some 25 years.I managed a franchised restaurant, became an outside sales representative to the restaurant industry, and was promoted to district sales manager and eventually senior sales representative. I often volunteered with industry related organizations and charities.In 2004 I left the company for which I’d worked for nearly 20 years and I asked my pastor for her prayers as I sought further employment.Her response was not what I expected:“You should be in the ministry.”It took a few months, but soon I recognized her voice as God’s call.It had been nearly 30 years since I had been in college, but I took a step of faith and enrolled in Boston University School of Theology, earning a Master’s Degree in Biblical and Historical Studies in 2007, and then I sought ordination as deacon.
After graduating from seminary I served on the New Hampshire District Lay Speaking Committee and on the clergy staff of the Grantham United Methodist Church.It was there I realized God was directing me to become not a deacon, but a pastor.In July 2010 I was moved a few dozen miles south on Route 10 and appointed as pastor of the Marlow United Methodist Church.In July 2014, I crossed Pitcher Mountain and began additional responsibilities as Pastor of the Chapel by the Lake in Munsonville.Beginning July 1, I will be pastor of the United Methodist Churches in Colebrook and Pittsburg.
My ministry centers on Bible teaching from the pulpit and in small group settings.The Scriptures inform our view of God, ourselves, and God’s activity in the world—most important to our study is what we do differently because of what we’ve learned.I invited you to the Farnham Memorial United Methodist Church in Pittsburg and Trinity United Methodist Church in Colebrook.Come learn with us as we seek to follow in the way of Jesus.There’s a new wind blowing—catch the Spirit.