When we stop to talk to someone on the street or in the shelters in Portland, Maine and introduce ourselves as street pastors, they ask "So, where is your church?" We tell them we are a walking ministry -- "the church is right here!" We bring compassion and communion to the street and the people there who feel estranged from traditional churches.
In the spring of 2006 two ordained, UCC pastors felt Spirit-driven to begin a ministry with the marginalized and homeless in downtown Portland, Maine. Our main focus was to learn how we could be pastors in this community, to remember the sacred in the midst of it all, and to decrease the imagined and real boundaries between those who have little materially and those who have much.
About Our Clergy
Rev. Mair Honan, a graduate of Bangor Theological Seminary, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She is co-founder and pastor of Grace-Street Ministry in Portland, Maine. She is the author of "Walking in the Realm of Miracles", a series of reflections on street ministry. Her two rascal granddaughters are a major joy in her life.
Rev. Robert H Ross (Pastor Bob) is co-Pastor at Grace-Street Ministry in Portland and Associate Minister for Outreach at West Parish Congregational Church in Bethel, Maine. He comes to ministry understanding that “Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted.” (Psalm 127:1) and that “If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill,’ and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?” (James 2:15-16) He is an Ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (Maine Conference, Oxford Union Association) and holds degrees from Bangor Theological Seminary (MDiv 2013), Yale University (PhD 1987), and Harvard University (MEd 1973).
Rev. Jeffery Logan is a co-pastor at Grace-Street Ministry. He spent the first third of his life as a
professional Shakespearean actor in New York City (BA in Theatre Arts from UC Berkeley); the
second third practicing Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in Portland, Maine (Masters of
Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College); and was ordained in June
of this year as an interfaith minister by the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine. He has been married to
fellow thespian Linda Shary for 24 years, and they have a daughter who will be entering Yale
University in the fall of 2015.
Rev. Nancy White (Pastor Nancy) is co-Pastor at Grace-Street Ministry and Minister at North Yarmouth Congregational Church, UCC in North Yarmouth, Maine. She is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (Maine Conference, Cumberland Association) and holds a degree from Andover Newton Theological School (MDiv 2006). She has also served as oncall Chaplain at Maine Medical Center and in Interim Ministry for the United Church of Christ. She delights in cooking, gardening and music.