Rev. David Nicol

Pastor

Pastor David is the product of a Christian home. As long as he can remember, prayer and worship (especially in song) have been a central part of his life. Pastor David learned what it meant to be a follower of Jesus at home praying with his parents, reading scripture verses at the dinner table, and also in Sunday School and VBS, and from singing in choirs and congregations. His mother is a deeply committed layperson and his father a pastor—their faith helped shape him. Pastor David grew up (primarily) on Cape Cod, graduating from Barnstable High School, and attending The United Methodist Church in Osterville.

He first affirmed a call to ordained ministry at Exploration ’96, as a freshman attending Eastern Nazarene College. It was there he met his wife, Kate. Pastor David loved the college environment, and he sought a way to be in ministry in a place like that, so he attended Boston College and earned an M.A. in European History. When he finished that degree, he and  Kate were married, and Pastor David began adjunct teaching. He finally answered God’s call and enrolled at Boston University School of Theology as Kate was finishing her degree. When Kate was commissioned and moved to her second appointment, Pastor David was appointed to Buxton UMC and Elm Street UMC in South Portland, Maine. While in the Portland area, their son Abraham was born. Later, Pastors David and Kate moved to Hampden, where Pastor David has served Hampden Highlands UMC since 2010. While serving here, their second son Andrew was born, adding to the joy of their family. While at church, Pastor David loves singing with the choir, leading worship, hearing good stories of peoples’ lives, and especially helping people listen for the Holy Spirit speaking in their lives.

Beyond the local congregation, Pastor David serves as president of the board of directors of the Hampden Neighborhood Food Cupboard, and chairperson of our Annual Conference Commission on Equitable Compensation. In his spare time, he likes to hike with Kate, run, and play in the snow. Pastor David is the primary cook, and loves creative eating, coffee, and baking bread. He also loves reading, especially about food, theology, geopolitics, the environment, philosophy and history (and any combination of the above)!

Answering God’s call to serve as pastor has been a major decision, but the most important decision in his life remains committing to follow Jesus.

Jessie Davis

Director of Christian Formation

Jessie lives in Hampden with her husband, Scott, her daughter, Brooklyn, and her black lab, Allie. She earned her B.S. in social studies education from the University of Maine and her Master’s in educational leadership from New England college. Jessie teaches for the Brewer School Department and coaches Girls’ soccer. She loves sports, reading, history and visiting new places with her family.

Jessie grew up in the Methodist church, but was drawn to HHUMC because of its welcoming church family and the emphasis the church places on its children and youth.

Tricia Clark

Organist and Bell Choir Director

Tricia lives in Bangor with her husband, Bob, and daughter, Elizabeth.  Their other daughter lives with her husband, Clay in Abu Dhabi.  Tricia has one grandson Oliver, and is expecting a second grandson in April 2016.

Trica got her start playing the organ in sixth grade.  Sr. Maria knew she played piano and said they needed someone to play the hymns for First Friday Mass.  Tricia started taking organ lessons in eighth grade and majored in Music Education with organ as her primary instrument at the University of Maine at Orono. Tricia was born in New Jersey and lived in Delaware, Connecticut and Maine while growing up.  She met Bob at the University of Maine and since marrying him, has lived in Indiana, Vermont, Norway, Florida, and now they are back in Maine.

Wherever Tricia and her family have lived, God has provided a church music position for her.  In visiting many churches when they moved back to Maine, she was drawn to this church because there were children, a sign of growing life in a church. Then the organ position became available.  These were two distinct signs from God to become part of the Hampden Highlands UMC family.  Tricia shares that it is a joy to work with the many dedicated and talented musicians to offer worship through music here at HHUMC.

Kalina Young

Voice Choir Director

Kalina grew up in western Colorado, and earned her BA in Music Education.  In 2012, Kalina and her husband, with three kiddos and two dogs drove across the country to Maine to do missionary work at the University of Maine in Orono.  When Kalina is not teaching music, or being mom, she enjoys sewing and crocheting.  Kalina shares that she is blessed to be able to join her love of music with serving the church.

Kim Slininger

Church Office Secretary

Kim grew up in Hampden before joining the USAF, where she served as a fighter jet mechanic on F-4E’s and T-38s. After her tour was over she began her college career at NMSU Alamogordo where she met her husband Curtis, a career Navy man. They have two sons, Harry, 27 who served as a Marine in Afghanistan and Christopher, 24 who is currently serving in the US Army. Kim recently completed her Master of Arts degree in Diaconal Studies through Concordia Theological Seminary and was installed as a District Deaconess for the LCMS New England District. She continues her journey by starting Clinical Pastoral Education classes where she will be volunteering at EMMC as a Chaplain.

Having been a former member of HHUMC, she loves and knows the people and enjoys meeting old friends and making new friends.

Linda Mosley

Lay Leader

Linda and her family moved to Hampden, from Haines, Alaska, more than thirty years ago;  She knew she was home as soon as she drove past the white clapboard Hampden Highlands United Methodist Church. Her daughter, Christie is grown now and has settled in the Pacific Northwest, but they each have a faithful canine friend sharing their respective homes.

Linda teaches in a school district about 30 minutes from Hampden. She loves her students and not a day goes by when they don’t give her a reason or twenty to smile. Summers and weekends, Linda also has the good fortune to work for Scenic Flights of Acadia, helping folks enjoy Acadia National Park and experience adventure aloft.

Linda’s free time is often spent outdoors, gardening, running, or hiking with two and four footed friends. She loves to read, cook and spend time with her HHUMC family. Our Bible studies are a place of growth and fellowship and she invites each of you to join us for fun and learning.

John Wilson

Lay Leader

John is a retired lawyer who has been a member of HHUMC’s community for 15 years now. He lives in Hampden with his wife, Bev and has two grown children, Paul and Kim. John enjoys biking and has biked all the way across the country! He is a C-1 canoe racer and looks forward to his next big canoeing adventure. He is also an avid reader of the classics, history, and spiritual books.

What does John love about HHUMC? The People! John shares he knows that God is everywhere and that this church is a collection of warm, loving people. He finds it nice to be in the company of so many who do so much. John loves the many opportunities to participate in small ways as part of this busy church and the larger church conference in general. He finds this church to be a familiar place of comfort for him and a place where he can practice the traditions of the church that deepen his faith.