Rev Ambury came to CPUC in October of 2020. After 12 years at a two point rural pastoral charge he is excited to focus on one church and that community. Although he has worked and lived on the Canadian East coast, California and South Korea he continues to return to his home town of Kingston.
Stephen brings with him UCC theology that is a bit on the progressive side and a passion for music in liturgy. He wants the congregation to know God in a real and personal way. He strives to make worship accessible to all people and continues to ask himself, "would I sit through that service? and what did I learn?" When asked about putting a worship service together, Stephen wonders "How will God speak to us this week?" Meaning, through the music, prayer, reflection, offering, mission work or someone in the church.
When it comes to church Stephen says, "come as you are." He does not mean just what you wear, but in your wholeness or brokenness, joy or sorrow, pain or healing, just come.
The work of the church through the week allows him to reach out in pastoral ways, work on the administrative side of church, study and keep up with technology. In the end, Stephen says, "my goal on Sunday morning is to connect us to God and to each other, to tie the songs, prayers and reflection into a common theme that allows the biblical words to be understood and then applied to today's world, our world."