People

Rev. Bruce Bradshaw, Pastor

Bruce has dedicated most of his adult life to Christian Service. He and his wife, Mary, served as missionaries in Somalia, where Bruce taught Economics at the Technical Teacher’s College in Mogadishu and Mary served as a health educator. They also supported the Christian Fellowship in that country through ministries of hospitality, teaching, and discipleship. The Bradshaw family left Somalia in 1988 at the beginning of the civil war in that country. After returning to the U.S., Bruce worked in the research and development division of World Vision International, Monrovia, California, for 12 years. His primary responsibilities included educating and training international staff in leadership and management. He also served as an adjunct professor of international ministries at Fuller Theological Seminary. From this work, Bruce wrote two books: Bridging the Gap: Evangelism, Development and Shalom and Change Across Cultures: A Narrative Approach to Social Transformation.

Bruce and Mary came to New Hampshire from Kansas, where Bruce to teach Economics at Bethel and Hesston Colleges, and served as the Pastor of Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing Kansas, while Mary continued her career as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL.)

Bruce and Mary have been married for more than half of their lives; they have three children who are in various stages of young adulthood.  A characteristic of the Bradshaw family is that they travel with purpose. Bruce often refers to himself as a “been to,” a person who has been to many places, including about 60 countries throughout the world. Mary has earned scholarships and fellowships to China, Mongolia, Paraguay, Guatemala and Mexico. In 2009, Mary was selected to be one of eight Kansas Teachers of the Year. Their children have studied and served the church in Russia, Germany, Colombia, Bolivia, Paraguay and Panama.

Bruce and Mary have many interests and hobbies. Bruce rides a bicycle two miles for every year of his life on each birthday, and Mary enjoys a Sunday afternoon ride on the Nashua River Rail Trail.

Bruce and Mary were raised in Massachusetts, where Bruce graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and they are thankful for the calling to serve Christ by serving Arlington Street United Methodist Church.

Bruce can be reached at bbasumc@gmail.com.

Anthony Schaffer- Music Director

Tony has served ASUMC as music director since 1993, when he became just the third organist in the church’s history.  In addition to performing service music on the organ and piano, he also directs the Adult Choir and Handbell Choir.

Susan Scribner -Administrative Assistant.  Susan’s email is ssasumc@gmail.com.