Reverend Leonard Silvester, who goes by “Len” was raised in Massachusetts. He is a lifelong Congregationalist/UCCer. Ordained by the UCC in 1975, his clear ministry passion has been serving local congregations: two in Massachusetts, a new church start in Rhode Island, and he retired after 17 years as senior minister at Church of the Palms UCC in Sun City, AZ. Recently he has been preaching and resourcing an independent progressive Christian community meeting in the Harley Davidson dealership in Scottsdale. Along his life's journey, he has been a counterman at Howard Johnson's, a dorm resident advisor, a stock clerk at Kroger's (parent company to Fry's), a hospital orderly, and, during an intentional sabbatical year after coming to AZ in 1996, a Volvo and Mazda salesperson. He earned his private pilot's license in 1981 (no longer current).
He and his wife of 30 years, Liz Adler, live in Scottsdale with their chihuahua mix, Olive Oyl. (For their time with us, they are renting.) Their daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Steve, are raising their two most perfect grandchildren in San Jose, CA. Their world was wrenched with the loss of their younger daughter, Katie, in 2008. Their passion for travel has taken them to Israel, Jordan, Belgium, Alaska, Sweden, Denmark, Croatia, Mexico and Hawaii; and many times to France, Italy and the U.K. They have also spent sabbatical time in China (teaching English), India, Japan, Thailand, Holland, and Germany.
Reverend Silvester will be acting as a “Bridge Minister” until we call our settled pastor.