Rev. Kimball (Kim) Cartwright
The Reverend Kimball (Kim) Cartwright came out of retirement to join WUCC as Interim Pastor in March 2016. A pastor for 47 years, Reverend Kim grew up in Woodbury, Connecticut. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary, New York City and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Middlebury College, Vermont. Reverend Kim served congregations in: Stratford, Bridgeport, Windsor, Orleans (Cape Cod, MA), West Haven, and Norwalk (Interim).
His decision to serve at Woodmont United Church of Christ was based on what he observed. He witnessed the congregation’s “passion and exciting expression of faith.” He added, “Worship is kept alive in music and [actual] worship service, [plus] the informality, lots of energy among members, and wonderful spirit. As a smaller congregation, everyone knows each other. And out of that, can come wonderful discernment for God’s will for the church to be here.” Reverend Kim continued, “The congregation has a character of warmth and intimacy as they do mission together, prayer together, sing, and celebrate our faith in Jesus Christ together. Woodmont United Church of Christ reaches out to the world in Christ’s spirit, seeking to love others as God loves us.”
Reverend Kim’s preaching style brings ideas down to earth and demonstrates practical applications of biblical insights with stories, illustrations, and humor.
While in retirement, he and his wife Pat, a former registered nurse (hospital, hospice, home care, and teaching) served as full-time volunteers in the United Church of Christ’s Partners in Service program. They did two 6-month placements at the Menaul School, Albuquerque, New Mexico where they taught a semester of Biology together, and three long-term placements in the homeless shelters of Meeting Ground, Elkton, Maryland. He also assisted churches with pulpit supply, vacation/ sabbatical coverage, and interim pastorates.
Reverend Kim and Pat have been married for 50 years, with four grown children and two grandchildren.