Leslie comes to Rangeley after nearly thirty years in the ministry. Leslie started out professionally as a music educator and came to ministry through music’s profound influence on the deeply personal experience of accompanying individuals on their own spiritual journey. Leslie is a professionally trained classical pianist; she frequently performs with her husband, Rick, as part of a Celtic harp and guitar duo. She regularly offers workshops in drumming with her extensive collection of drums; she can often be found sharing her singing crystal bowls with the curious and the intrigued.
Leslie has served as a Hospice Chaplain for a national hospice corporation in Maine’s Somerset, Franklin, Kennebec, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Androscoggin and York Counties. She has served as a Professional Transitional Minister in over a dozen transitioning churches and camp settings in the United Church of Christ in both the Maine and New Hampshire. She has served on the Board representing the UCC national organization for intentional interim and transitional ministers. While serving as clergy in churches in the midst of ministerial transition, she became known for building community through her love of Sacred Scripture expressed through liturgical creativity using a broad spectrum of music and arts to augment a wide range of worshipful settings.
Prior to transitional ministry Calls, Leslie served as American Sign Language interpreter for WCSH’s televised program, First Radio Parish’s Daily Devotions with Rev. Dr. David Glusker. She also served in community ministry settings in several Maine United Way agencies as a licensed psychotherapist with families whose adolescent children were involved simultaneously with mental health services and the Maine Department of (Juvenile) Corrections. Leslie has served a variety of non-profit boards, e.g. Kennebec Girl Scout Council, and Brunswick Regional Youth Orchestra.
Leslie completed her Master of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School and Bangor Theological Seminary. She focused on the unique needs and challenges of small and rural church ministry in Maine. She is considered ABD (“all but dissertation”) for her PhD in existential and transpersonal psychology from Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA. She completed extensive graduate coursework in music at Salem State University and at Boston’s Northeastern University. She holds a Master of Science in Special Education/Deaf Education and a BA in English Literature and Grammars from the University of Southern Maine, and a BA degree in Education and Music with a minor in Fine Arts from Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ.
Leslie and her husband, Rick Karg - an Energy Management Consultant for nearly 40 years - have been married since 1985; they can be found not too far away residing on a mountainside in Bethel with their miniature long haired dachshunds, and a rough Collie who looks like Lassie.
Leslie loves serving at Rangeley Congregational Church, UCC; she thinks the congregation is a profound blessing in the Rangeley community as it welcomes all people ~ whoever and wherever they are on their journey ~from near and far - to our lovely village nestled by the lake in the mountains!
Sue Downes-Borko’s earliest memories include making music at church. Handbells, piano, organ and flute are the vessels she loves to use in order to connect with others and channel the Holy Spirit.
With a Music Education degree from UMass in hand, Sue journeyed to Alaska for 10 years of teaching in K-12 public schools between 1984-1994. That period was followed by years at a farm in NJ, accompanying college students at TCNJ in recitals, master classes and other performances.
For 35 years, Sue has taught private piano and flute lessons to students aged 6-80.
With her husband, Victor they moved to Rangeley in 2003, and for 4 years she worked as the Library Director at RPL.
Since 2007 Sue has been serving as Minister of Music here, preparing and providing music for services each week. RCC-UCC is blessed with talented and giving musicians who share their gifts and fellowship through solos, pick-up choirs, small ensembles, and the 3-octave handbell choir.
Sandy is a Maine native who grew up in Brunswick and graduated from Brunswick high school, but during her early childhood while her father served in the Navy she, her mom and 3 brothers had the opportunity to live in various places across the U.S. also including 3 years living abroad in Athens Greece which she fondly remembers.
After spending 10 rewarding years as a nursery school teacher, Sandy joined the newly opened Highlands Retirement Community in Topsham and served in various roles focused on providing direct resident services and was beloved by the Highlands residents who came to be members of her extended family. In 2015 she retired at an emotional celebration attended by hundreds of residents after 25 years of remarkable service.
In 2016, Sandy and her husband Craig moved from Yarmouth to reside fulltime at what had been their weekend vacation home in Madrid Township. Sandy enjoys arts and crafts, cooking, gardening and is an advocate for animal rights and a strong supporter of animal rescue efforts. A grandmother of two she travels to Ohio frequently to visit with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
Rick has been coming to Rangeley since the early 1980’s to enjoy the area’s skiing, fishing and hiking with his family: wife Marcia (they just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary), daughter Hillary and a multitude of dogs over the years. They loved the area so much that upon retirement they moved here year-round and full time. Since those early days they attended Rangeley Congregational Church and eventually joined with the direction of Rev. Bill Carter. Marcia and Rick have served in multiple capacities at RCC. Rick notably has served as a Deacon, then Head Deacon, a member of Council and for the past few years as Council President/Moderator.
As a Vietnam veteran, who later went to University as a history and psychology major, he found his way into medical school and specialized in Emergency Medicine, which he practiced at Maine Medical Center and other hospitals in the state. Also during those years he formed a non-profit group of nurses, doctors and non-medical folk who delivered medical care /education to remote parts of Caribbean, Central America and South America. After retirement there was no problem in learning new things (a bucket list item was to become a Maine Guide) and getting involved in different aspects of the community, including spending over 10 years on the Board of Rangeley Health and Wellness. He loves working with his German Shorthair Pointer, MacKenzie and on any given fall day you’ll find them both in the woods.
Rangeley Congregational Church has been welcoming and a center of Rick and Marcia’s community experience. Members of the church are very involved in all aspects of Rangeley and surrounding communities, such that you really appreciate the value of “giving back” to our community and the wider world that is important to RCC Congregation. It’s one of the many reasons to enjoy our church.
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