Welcome to our Church!

A living faith is something that takes exploration. No matter if you are a child or an adult growing in faith requires an atmosphere where questions are welcome, where nurture and encouragement are offered. At First Congregational Church, 17 East Main Street in South Paris you’ll find a welcoming faith community that encourages growth through openness. Meeting in the Christian tradition, First Congregational Church invites you to join them in pursuit of faithful living in a caring church community. A local and autonomous church we are in fellowship with the National Association of Congregational Churches and the Congregational Christian Council of Maine.

Meet Pastor Mike Carter

Michael Carter is currently the transitional minister. Mike and Jo-Ellen Carter have been members of the congregation for the last 15 years. Mike Carter has filled the roles of Moderator, Assistant Moderator, and Chair of the Board of Spiritual Life during that time. Mike has been a teacher for the past 36 years, teaching philosophy, psychology, history, and education courses from the high school level through the graduate school level. He currently teaches at Poland Regional High School in Poland, Maine.

Mike and Jo-Ellen have been married for over 40 years and have one daughter, Amber, one grandson (Rowan), and four step-grandchildren. They live in South Paris, Maine, where they expect to stay for the rest of their lives.

Meet Our Staff

We have a wonderful group of people behind the scenes that make everything happen. Read more about our staff.