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Rev. Dr. Ron Baard
Dean Maine School of Ministry

Very well known to so many in the Maine Conference, Ron Baard is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (B. S., Education) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M. Div.). He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology and Personality (with emphasis in pastoral counseling) at Claremont School of Theology. An ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Baard is a Member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors), a member of Spiritual Directors International and the Society for Pastoral Theology.

Ron served as the Imes-Lowry Professor of Pastoral Studies and Dean of Students at Bangor Theological Seminary from 2003 until its closure in 2013. More recently, Ron has taught classes at Andover Newton Theological School, Boston University School of Theology, and New York Theological Seminary. In pastoral ministry over many years, he has served as a local church pastor of a small U.C.C. church, a hospital chaplain, an associate pastor on a large church staff, a chaplain at a continuing care retirement community, and a full-time pastoral counselor.

Ron taught pastoral care classes at the Maine School of Ministry in the fall terms of 2018 and 2019. Ron is a member at First Parish Church, United Church of Christ, in Brunswick, Maine where his spouse Mary recently retired as Senior Pastor. In his free time he enjoys reading, movies, gardening, bicycling, walking and spending time with his family, including grandchildren Caleb and Sophie.

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Dr. Phil Devenish
Instructor Maine School of Ministry

Received his Ph. D. from SMU under Schubert Ogden in 1977. He taught at the University of Notre Dame from 1977-82 and taught and headed the M.Div. Program at The Divinity School at the University of Chicago from 1987-94.
Among other courses, Phil taught Christian systematic theology each of those twelve years. He pastored Union Congregational Church of Hancock, ME UCC from 1983-87 and First Congregational Church, UCC, Webster Groves, MO from 1994-97.
He owned and ran Devenish Wines, a Maine wholesale wine distributorship, from 2000-2015. Phoebe, his wife of 52 years, was an operating room nurse. They retired in 2016 and live in Hancock.

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Shelly Snow, MEd, MDiv, APBCC
Instructor Maine School of Minsitry

Shelly Snow, MEd, MDiv, APBCC is an ordained minister and professional chaplain. Journeying with people as they live with mental illness and supporting them through treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings is a passion of hers. Shelly currently serves as the Director of Spiritual and Pastoral Care and Clinical Chaplain for Southern Maine Health Care.