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Preachers' Aid Society

A Friend for the United Methodist Church

51 Charles Wesley Court
Wells, ME 04090
Phone: 207-467-3246
Fax:   207-467-3247

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The Dedication of Wesley By the Sea, a retirement community for retired Methodist clergy and spouses of the United Methodist Church will be held on Sunday, September 7th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm a Service of Dedication will begin at 4:00 pm with Bishop Devadhar preaching.   Please RSVP below. If you have any questions please call us at our new office at 51 Charles Wesley Court, Wells, ME 04090 .  Our new number is 207-467-3246.

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We invite you to come in and look around; see for yourself how the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England strengthens the common witness of our United Methodist covenant by under girding the leaders who give their lives to our congregations and our members. Thank you for your interest, prayers, and support! 

Recent awards +Exec. Director position

The Taylor Fellowship and the Lifetime of Discipleship Awards

made at 2014 Annual Conference

To learn about the recipients click on "Programs" and then on "Awards"


Executive Director

The Preachers’ Aid Society of New England

The Board of Directors of the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England is seeking nominations/applications for the position of Executive Director to replace Dr. Thomas J. Gallen who has served the Society since 2001 and will be retiring July 1, 2015. The successful candidate will have strong leadership and management skills and demonstrated success in fundraising in the not-for-profit world and a deep appreciation for and knowledge of the United Methodist Church.

The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of a strong, committed and independent Board of Directors and oversees a small staff offering programs to enrich the lives of active and retired United Methodist clergy and their families in New England, principally in the areas of health care, education, retirement housing and emergency assistance.

The Preachers’ Aid Society of New England is a venerable (established in 1832) and well respected private non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable foundation with offices in Wells, Maine. For a complete position description CLICK HERE  Nominations and applications may be sent to the “Executive Director Search Committee”, 51 Charles Wesley Court, Wells, Maine 04090 or emailed to




Join PAS on the Journeys of Paul in Greece & Turkey

Ever want to explore some of the roots of our faith and see the world at the same time? Preachers' Aid invites you to join us on an Educational Opportunities (EO) tour to explore the Journeys of Paul in Greece and Turkey. All layity, clergy, and parish professionals are welcome. This 12 day adventure begins April 13 2015!

Have questions? Call Kim Yeasir at (617)874-6300 or e-mail her at


EO - REGISTRATION (use tour identification info below)

Tour Code: GT15

Departure Date: 041315A

PAS's Tour Host ID: 52472



Obituary for The Rev. Harold Hodgson


Harold Russell Hodgson

 CADILLAC Harold Russell Hodgson, of Cadillac, passed away Monday, June 9, 2014, at the Curry House Assisted Living in Cadillac. He was 99.

He was born in Cadillac on May 1, 1915, to Elwood N. and Edna M. (Thomas) Hodgson.

Harold graduated from Hollister Elementary School in 1927 and from Cadillac High School in 1931. He went on to receive degrees from Taylor University (Fort Wayne Campus) in 1935, Alma College in 1941, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1944 and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., also in 1944.

In 1946, he was ordained elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church and had served pastorates in Empire, Lake Ann and Beaverton, Michigan; Munhall, Pennsylvania; Takoma, Westminster and Baltimore, Maryland; Gales Ferry, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; and Bridgewater, Massachusetts. From 1962 to 1964 he served the United Methodist Committee on Overseas Relief relocating Cuban refugees in homes across the United States.

After retiring in 1977, he went to Bedford, England, where he served as associate pastor in Bunyan Meeting for one year. Upon returning to the United States, he served as interim pastor at Haven United Methodist Church in East Providence, Rhode Island.

In 1938, Harold married the former Betty Scott of Washington, Pennsylvania, and they are the parents of two sons, Harold Elwood and Mark Oliver. In 1968, he married the former Rosa Capella from Havana, Cuba.

While living in Hanover, Pennsylvania, near his farm in Maryland, Harold wrote an op-ed column for the Hanover Evening Sun for several years. He is also the author of several books: "The Evolution of Jesus from Human to God," "Marwood in Maryland;" three books of poetry: "Sense and Nonsense," "Seven Sonnets on the Lords Prayer," and "Seven Sonnets on the Twenty-third Psalm," plus many unpublished.

In 2000, he returned to his hometown of Cadillac, where he continued to write letters and articles opposing the violence of war. While in Cadillac, after retiring, he attended the First Congregational United Church of Christ.

Survivors include his sons: Mark O. (Judith Nierenberg) Hodgson of Medford, Massachusetts, and Harold E. Hodgson of Kumamoto, Japan; and two grandchildren: Jessica Nierenberg (Todd Johnson) and Marja Hodgson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

A memorial service will take place later this summer. His final resting place will be Maple Hill Cemetery in Cadillac.

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