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Meet Pastor Brandon

At a special meeting after the November 6, 2022, church service, BCC members joyfully voted to approve the recommendation of the pastoral search team to have Pastor Brandon Yaghjian-Tison (pronounced YAH-ghin TIE-sin) serve as the next settled pastor of Bolton Congregational Church effective January 1, 2023.

Pastor Brandon lives in Norwich with his husband Kevin and their two teenage sons. His remarkable faith journey – from Old South Church in Boston to Newman Congregational Church in Rumford, Rhode Island (where he is currently a member), from “Member in Discernment” of the Southern New England Conference of the UCC, to a candidate for ordination – led Brandon earlier this summer to his meeting with the pastoral search committee.

Pastor Brandon Yaghjian-Tison
Pastor Brandon and family
As the search team discussed theology, the role of lay persons in worship, Brandon’s passion for community service and outreach, his love of music and knowledge of all-things-technology, his work history, his passion for the pulpit and for prayer, his loving the phrase “servant leader” he found in our profile, his view of church as a community of Christ populated by individual theologies, and the depth of his conviction that God was calling him to Bolton Congregational Church – there was a real, palpable sense that, indeed, God’s hand was at work, for both candidate and search team..
In the words of Pastor Bruce, our interim minister, there was an immediate sense that the search committee had found “a good fit.” And we think it’s a really good fit. As candidates were considered, it became clear that Pastor Brandon was the yardstick by which all were to be measured.

You can see him lead a worship service here:

Bolton Congregational Church, 228 Bolton Center Road, Bolton, CT 06043