The Rev. Nancy L. Lois was welcomed into the Christian ministry following an affirmative vote of an Ecclesiastical Council made up of the clergy and elected representatives of the New England Association of Congregational Christian Churches.
A service of ordination was held Sunday, Oct. 14, at Berkshire Community Church following a celebratory dinner.
The Rev. Roberta Heath presided over the service. The Rev. Roger Zimmerman preached a sermon titled "Give Thanks for Blessings Yet Unknown." Several New England area clergy participated.
Lois has served as the interim pastor of Berkshire Community Church since June 2011. Until recently, she was also employed as the interim head of Library Technical Services at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley.
She received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, a master of library science degree from Rutgers University, and a master of divinity degree with honors from Andover Newton Theological School.
Lois also completed her clinical pastoral training at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
Prior to coming to Richmond, Lois provided substitute ministries with several Congregational and Reformed Churches in Massachusetts and New Jersey. She has two grown children and she currently resides in Westfield.