Rev. Tara K. Olsen Allen, Pastor
Tara believes that the words “God is love” call us out into the community to share that love, justice, mercy and compassion with others. Those words, “God is Love,” call us into dialogue with one another and help us keep an open heart when there are difficult discussions to be had. Letting people know that they are loved by God, hearing their story, and letting them know that they are not alone on this journey are a few of Tara’s passions.
Tara has worked with the United Church of Christ at the local, association, national levels and looks forward to getting involved in the NH conference. She recently served a church in Beverly, MA as Pastor for Congregational Life. Before that, she served as Associate Pastor at a large UCC church in Washington State. While in seminary, Tara served as Student Pastor for four years at a church in Cumberland, ME. Tara is a “born and bred UCCer” who grew up in a small town in MA.
Tara received her Master of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary while at the same time pursuing a certificate in Youth and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. She has pursued a number of professional development opportunities while serving the local church including attending worship workshops, racial justice training and seminars on transitional ministry.
In her spare time, Tara enjoys listening to live music, especially from her husband Daemian, who plays a variety of instruments. She loves spending time with her nieces and nephews and is an avid photographer. Tara also enjoys journaling as a spiritual practice. Tara, Daemian and their dog Shazam enjoy exploring the world together!