Committed to Instilling Faith into All Congregants
Rev. Dr. Diane Langworthy
The Rev. Dr. Langworthy became our spiritual leader in June 2014. Prior to serving as a pastor in Maine for 19 years, Rev. Diane, served as a volunteer firefighter, middle school resource consultant and room teacher, a children’s advocate with a local domestic violence project in northern Maine and later served on that agency’s board of directors. She also served as a parent trainer, helping families with developmentally disabled or “at risk” children aged birth through 21 cope with the challenges of day-to-day living.
She earned her undergraduate degree in education from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Subsequently, she earned her first master’s degree in special education from the University of Maine in Orono, ME and went on to earn a second master’s degree and her doctorate degree in divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in Bangor, ME.
Her life has been filled with her husband, Ron, five children and eleven (so far!) grandchildren. She loves to cook, eat and share chocolate. She enjoys walking, hiking, and canoeing. Laughter is a staple in Pastor’s life. She loves to visit and connect with people – either in her office or in people’s homes. This is a tough planet so laughing is essential. As is listening to God everywhere - in conversations with others, through the sharing of a good joke or in quiet times even when sleeping.
Although she enjoys snow and cold, never dreaming of living (or even visiting) a warm place, she felt that the United Church of Christ in New Smyrna Beach (UCCNSB) called to her heart. She attributes this to the amazing community outreach UCCNSB has and the fact that the church is open and affirming. That means no one has to check their gay friends and family members at the door because we cherish all of God’s children! All are welcome and beloved in our church no matter who they are, including all of the LGBTQ community. When making her first visit to Florida for her interview with UCCNSB, she fell in love with all the people and this foreign warm spot immediately felt like “home”. Her plan is to never leave and we as a congregation thank God for that!