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The Rev. Barbara Kershner

WILLIAMSTOWN >> Second Congregational Church announces the appointment of the Rev. Barbara A. Kershner as its interim minister. Kershner succeeds the Rev. Penny Rich Smith, who served the congregation for 23 years.

From 2001-2014, Kershner served as pastor of St. John's UCC in Orwigsburg, Pa., a medium-sized church in a rural area.

She was educated at West Chester (Pa.) State University and received her master of divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Massachusetts. She was ordained at First Congregational Church of Stockbridge in 2000.

A Stockbridge resident, she has two grown sons, Seth, of Lee, and Jason, who lives in Hawaii, and one granddaughter.

Sunday services at Second Congregational, 81 Hancock Road, are held at 9 a.m. All are welcome.