MONMOUTH — The United Church of Monmouth and the East Monmouth Methodist Church have announced that the Rev. Desmond Parker and his wife Mary will join the churches in July.

A native of Nottingham, England, Parker graduated from the Richmond Theological College (part of the University of London) and served churches in the Shetland Islands and Yorkshire before coming to America in 1966.

He has served several churches throughout the state since that time, as well as serving on the Maine Conference board of trustees and the board of directors of Methodist Conference Home.

Parker retired in 2000, but remained busy filling in wherever the need arose. He will be coming out of retirement to serve the churches.
Services are held at 8 a.m. at the East Monmouth Methodist Church, Rt. 135, and 10 a.m. at the United Church of Monmouth, Main Street. For more information, visit

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