Meet our Pastor

Mareta Hamre grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado and attended Harvard University, graduating in 1985.  She received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and practiced corporate bankruptcy law in Los Angeles.  She left her partnership to move to Greenwich in 2000, settling into a routine of driving by First Church on the way to Parkway School, where her children Madeline and Nick (Abbott) attended.  As active member at First United Methodist Church of Greenwich, she was involved in many aspects of church administration, teaching, and worship.  She earned her Masters of Divinity at Union Theological Seminary, where she developed interests in Saint Augustine, ethical parenting, systematic theology, and women in scripture.  Her life has been vastly enriched by the young people she has coached on the basketball court and worked with in classrooms on issues related to the US Constitution.  She also watches a lot of soccer, not only because she enjoys it but also because her husband, Mark Abbott, works for Major League Soccer.