Saturday February 16, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center recently announced three new members to its board of directors: the Revs. Roger Brown and Judith Kinley; and Sylvia Sykes.

Brown is a semi-retired United Church of Christ minister, having served 12 churches around New England as an Intentional Interim Minister. He is a member of Centre Congregational Church. He grew up in Brattleboro, and returned to Brattleboro late in his career after living in several regions of the United States and England. He is the chairperson of the Centre Church Peace and Justice Committee, and a member of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative. Trained as a spiritual director by the Silver Dove Institute, he has a practice of offering individual spiritual direction, and so strongly believes in the value of integrating spiritual life and practice in the therapeutic setting.

After a career in nursing education, Kinley graduated from Harvard Divinity School and is now an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. As a practicing minister she referred to and was grateful for the work of her local Pastoral Counseling Center. She has lived in Vermont for 35 years, served on the boards of several community agencies including the United Way, Brattleboro Area Hospice and the Brattleboro Retreat.

Sykes moved to Brattleboro in 1969 with her husband and family.


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It was here in Brattleboro that she began her career as a LPN, working at the Austine School, Bellows Falls Memorial Hospital, and Springfield Hospital. Sykes is an avid volunteer spending most of her time at the First Baptist Church as a past trustee, treasurer, church school teacher, member of Grace’s Kitchen staff, and the Women’s Society. Sykes said that she is looking forward to working closely with the members of the Pastoral Counseling Center Board and with God’s help, continuing to help the Center grow and be successful in the coming years.

The mission of the Brattleboro Pastoral Counseling Center is to provide high-quality, non-sectarian pastoral counseling, psychotherapy, couples and family therapy at a moderate cost.

For further information visit www.bpccvt.com. Additional inquiries may be made at 802-254-9071.