The Reverend Janice C. Ford
Our pastor, the Rev. Janice C. Ford, was ordained a priest and installed as our Rector on June 7, 2008. She is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological School where she earned a Master of Divinity degree. She was well known in our diocese prior to her ordination through her work as Missioner for Health Ministries from 2000-2006.
Pastor Janice was an advance practice registered nurse, and holds a Master of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. She has over twenty years of experience as a nurse educator, professional development leader, clinical nurse specialist, and health minister. Before entering ordained ministry, Pastor Janice worked as Lay Pastoral Associate and Parish Nurse in her home parish, Trinity Episcopal Church in Milford, MA. She completed three full years of field education while in seminary at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sutton, MA. She also served there as transitional deacon from December, 2007 to May, 2008.
The primary focus of Pastor Janice’s ministry is on the parish as God’s mission in the world. To that end, she encourages her parishioners to strive to live out their baptismal covenant daily, and to work toward keeping Christ’s Great Commission and Great Commandment. She believes ardently in the power of prayer, and the importance of keeping a strong and intimate relationship with God. She sees the weekly corporate celebration of the Holy Eucharist as the key to being and building the Body of Christ in the world.
The provision of pastoral care to those in the parish and in the nearby community is of central importance in Pastor Janice’s ministry. She has participated in continuing education for professionals in order to learn about 12-step recovery programs, and serves as a spiritual resource to program participants in the area. Since September, 2012, Pastor Janice has provided a 12 step Bible Study program to inmates at the Worcester County House of Corrections, and assists with the re-entry of inmates by providing a link with local clergy and congregations.
Pastor Janice served five years on the Standing Committee for the Diocese of Western MA, and five years as a liaison to the Commission on Ministry. She also served as co-chair of the Diocesan Elections Committee, including the special election of the Bishop in 2012. Pastor Janice was a member of the Canon 16 Team for three years, offering consultation to parishes in Diocese. She currently serves as the Bishop's clergy appointee to the Diocesan Board of Trustees, and is Dean of the Central and West Worcester Deanery of our Diocese.
Pastor Janice resides in Uxbridge, MA with her husband, Rod. She is originally from Albany, New York, and Rod is from Bangor, Maine. They were married in 1981, and have one son, Eric, who is an environmental consultant and soil scientist with Lukas Engineering in Quincy, MA. Rod is Director of Information Services for Milton CAT in Milford, MA, where he has worked since 1985.
The Church of the Reconciliation
5 North Main St.
Webster, MA 01570
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
and by appointment