Celebrating 30 Years of Ministry with Paul Reid

On June 16, Hope International Church in Waltham MA celebrated Pastor Paul Reid's retirement after 30 years of ministry.  Paul shared during the service about the "elephant in the room" -  that this is an earlier retirement than expected due to the fact that Paul has been diagnosed with a rare degenerative, neurological disease called Fahr's.  Paul encouraged everyone to "take a ride on this elephant" and learn about the goodness of God that Paul has come to know in suffering.  You can listen to this message below.    


Paul has also written a short book titled "Light and Momentary" describing his journey over the past few years.  He would be happy to share this book with anyone who would like a copy.  Please contact Paul if you are interested.  

Pastor Paul sharing during the celebration service.

Ves Sheely (NEDA District Superintendent from 1999-2016), Jim McClymonds (Hope International Church Chairman), and Alex McDonough (Hope International Associate Pastor) pray for Paul and Nancy Reid.

Free Webinar!

Faith & Work 3.0 - A Continuing Conversation

Think of your average church attender.  If you had to guess how many hours of that person's life would be spent "in church" between the age of 25 until 65, what would you say?  Now guess how many hours during that time that person will spend at work.

Want to know the numbers?  2,266 hours in church.  96,000 hours at work.

Are the followers of Jesus being equipped for those 96,000 hours?

Over the past several years, NEDA has been on the front edge of equipping women and men to integrate Faith & Work and we want to continue this vital conversation.  

Whether you've been a part of the ongoing NEDA conversation or are just beginning to explore the connection, join us on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00-11:00 am for a webinar discussion on this vital topic.  District Superintendent Sam Huggard and Paul Voltmer, pastor of Trinity EFC in Windsor, VT, will host this two-hour session interacting around a biblical understanding and application of our faith in the places where we spend most of our lives.

This webinar is designed for marketplace women and men as well as pastors, as we look together at integrating Faith and Work in God's economy and ways to equip the Body for effective integration.  You can join in from the comfort of your own home or come together with others from your local context in order to benefit from both a local and virtual conversation.  

The objectives for this webinar are:

1.  Deepen our biblical understanding of the integration of faith and work in God’s economy.
2.  Embrace the transforming impact this integration can have on pastoral practice, corporate worship, discipleship, and outreach in churches. 

3.  Work collaboratively to build plans for implementation and get free resources for the transformation of their church and community for Christ.

Saturday, May 19th, 2018. 9AM-11AM (EST) 

This is a FREE live Webinar! 


There's no cost for this event but for our planning purposes, registration is required.  Once you register, you will receive an email from us giving you a link and directions for accessing the webinar. You can join in from the comfort of your own home or gather together with others from your local context in order to benefit from both a local and virtual conversation. All you will need is a computer or smartphone with a web cam, microphone and a high speed internet connection. We will be hosting this webinar using the Zoom platform, an app that you can download for free prior to the event.

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Global Outreach Summit

You are invited! 

The Eastern District and ReachGlobal EFCA invite you to attend the GO Summit. It will provide the opportunity to hear from local, national, and international outreach leaders in a single-day format. 

ABOUT: The GO Summit will provide the opportunity to hear from local, national, and international outreach leaders in a single-day format. Sessions will focus on: Sharing Christ in our community and world, Multiplying transformational churches among all people, Reaching communities as they become more diverse,  Motivating congregations to evangelism and missions.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 •  10:00 am to 4:00 pm• 

WHERE:  •Riverstone Church (An Evangelical Free Church), 725 Oxford Valley Road, Yardley, PA 19067

WHO should attend: Individuals, church staffs, boards, ministry teams, missions leadership teams.

Fee (includes lunch and refreshments): $30 pp 1-2 registrants, $25 pp 3 or more registering same time, $20 pp, $15 pp Student

Go to the Riverstone Church for complete details and info on how to register. 


NEDA Pastors' Prayer Retreat

Starts with lunch at 12 noon on Monday, January 8th, ending after lunch on Tuesday, January 9th.

Cost:    $85pp – Triple room; $99pp – Double room; $125pp –single room.

Includes four meals, bedding & towels, facility use. Commuter Rate: $70 for meals and facility use, no accommodations. If you would like to arrive the night before (no extra meals, no extra charge), please indicate that on your registration form.

Location: Camp Spofford, NH



Register and pay directly to Camp Spofford,

go to www.campspofford.org/retreats/NEDA Pastors


Deadline for registration: January 7th, 2018



Save the date!

The NEDA Annual Conference will be held October 17th and 18th, 2017, and will take place at Westfield Evangelical Free Church, Westfield, Massachusetts. Other details will be announced in the coming months and will include information on how to register.

Ministry Opportunity: Haiti

From Pastor Arthur Demosthenes (Elim EFC, Fitchburg/Morijah EFC Waltham)

"One of my greatest desires is to take a team from NEDA to Canaan, Haiti, for a weeklong mission trip this coming Spring. The team could be made up of members from one church or be a combination of members from more than one congregation. At this time the best date seems to be Monday April 17 to Monday April 24, the week after Easter celebration. However, any participant could make a five-day instead of seven-day trip, if it is necessary. The ministry possibilities are the following:

  • Construction ministry along with a team of skilled Haitian brothers and sisters (provided we have the needed funds).
  • Vacation Bible school along with Haitian Sunday School teachers. We would bring materials down such as arts & crafts materials, books, etc.
  • Leadership Training / Study of a biblical topic or study from a book of the Bible (pastors).
  • Preaching and participating in night services (Monday-Friday) provided we have one pastor on the trip.
  • Visiting homes and prayer ministry in the community.

We welcome children, young people, and adults. The team may be as small as five or as large as fifteen. Beside the tickets, the cost of the mission trip will be $500.00 per person which will cover food and lodging and basic ministry and fellowship expenses and gifts. If the Lord should open the door for us to raise $5000.00 as a team, we could sponsor and participate in the construction of one additional classroom or one adjacent room to the clinic or building at least one house in the community. If anyone from your church is interested ...please send me an email or give me a call/text me at (617) 893-0563. God bless you!"   - Arthur

NEDA Conference 2016 Highlights

Our annual conference was held October 25th and 26th at the beautiful Camp Spofford in western New Hampshire. Over 100 attendees included pastors and lay leaders from 48 New England district churches, as well as many guests and missionaries. 

The conference was kicked off on Tuesday morning as we worshipped together, led by Rob O'Blenis and his team from BEFree Alton (NH). Our first guest speaker was Jeff Sorvik, EFCA's director of church multiplication. He shared with us as to why we should pursue Togetherness in the church (see his notes). Later in the morning we were challenged by Dr. Alex Mandes as to the major hindrances of church multiplication - missional blindness - ignoring or not seeing the people who are already in our neighborhoods that need to hear and be engaged in the gospel (see his notes).

 Jeff Sorvik -Pursuing Togetherness

Jeff Sorvik -Pursuing Togetherness

A new feature in this year's conference was a roundtable discussion during and after our lunch time. Three questions were posed for discussion: (1) "Who is the 'other' in your neighborhood (spring-boarding from Alex's teaching), (2) "If you were to go out into your community and ask, what would people say about your church?" and  (3) "What could you do to make the light of the Gospel more evident by the way your church lives together?" Individuals shared their insights and experiences as well as practical ways of reaching out to the people just outside the church doors in their own neighborhoods with the gospel of Christ.

Our afternoon session brought us to our annual business meeting and reports. Three new churches were welcomed and recognized: The Father's House, Stamford, CT - a church plant sent from Grace Evangelical Free church (Stamford) under pastor Kenny Sullivan; Talcottville Congregational Church, Vernon, CT, currently shepherded by interim pastor Wayne Hansen; Christ Community of Hampshire County, Easthampton, MA, led by pastor Chad Patterson. Also introduced were Lowrie and Deb Robertson who are currently and actively engaged in their community, with the hopes of planting a church in Acton, Maine. It was great to hear the encouraging reports about how God is at work in these communities and others within the New England district! 

 Praying for the Talcottville church. Left to right: Sam Huggard, John Westerholm, Wayne and Malinda Hansen, Sharon and John Backer. 

Praying for the Talcottville church. Left to right: Sam Huggard, John Westerholm, Wayne and Malinda Hansen, Sharon and John Backer. 

 Sam introduces Kenny Sullivan of The Father's House, Stamford, CT

Sam introduces Kenny Sullivan of The Father's House, Stamford, CT

 Sam introduces pastor Chad Patterson of Christ Community of Hampshire County.

Sam introduces pastor Chad Patterson of Christ Community of Hampshire County.

Miles Ahrens, NEDA Board Chairman, led the brief business meeting, held with the express purpose of voting on the 2017 budget and the new officers who are coming onto the board. A favorable outcome for both was received. Sam Huggard, District Superintendent, concluded by thanking Miles for his many years on the board and presented him with some small gifts as tokens of appreciation for Miles' hard work and Godly leadership.

Our Tuesday evening time of worship was led by Seth Nuzum of Valley Bible EFC in Haddam, CT. Kevin Kompelien, EFCA President, reminded us of our shared values that have shaped us and how that affects our unity and mission (see his notes).

 Kevin Kompelien, EFCA

Kevin Kompelien, EFCA

The conference's concluding time of worship was held on Wednesday morning, led by Maria Belyea of Mountainview EFC in Voorheesville, NY. Jeff Sorvik continued his teaching by discussing how we should be pursuing togetherness in the church. (see his notes).

 Maria Belyea

Maria Belyea

Sam wrapped up the conference by discussing a vision for the New England District for the coming year and beyond. (see his powerpoint and notes here)

The conference provided a great time fellowship and networking amongst pastors and lay leaders from throughout the district. Prayers for one another, words of encouragement, sharing of resources and time to get caught up with one another were all  important parts of our brief but meaningful time together.