The Reverend Doctor Elizabeth Hope Follum Hoffman (Beth) was born in Hartford CT and grew up Rochester, New Hampshire. She is proud to say that she now lives only a few houses from the home she was raised in and where her parents still live. She graduated with honors from The University of New Hampshire with a BA in English and a minor in Psychology. She earned a Master’s Degree in English Education with a concentration in Special Education. She graduated with highest honors and has taught English, Middle School Language Arts, and support studies for students with special needs. She was also a behavioral therapist for children with autism before answering the call of ordained ministry in the United Church of Christ.
Beth graduated with honors from Andover Newton Theological School in 2006. While a seminary student, Beth served as the Christian Education and youth pastor for three churches in Maine and New Hampshire. She was also the teaching Assistant for Hebrew Studies, Systematic Theology and Liberation Theology. She was elected Student Body Vice-President in 2003 and was President and founder of Access ANTS, a student organization that promoted accessibility for all. She was a member of the Jonathan Edwards Honor Society and received the Kononia Preaching Award, The Excellence in Public Proclamation of Scripture Award, and the Worship, Theology and Arts Award at graduation. She also earned certification in Youth and Young Adult ministries from The Boston Theological Institute.
Beth was ordained by the York, Maine Association of the UCC in 2006 at Second Christian Congregational United Church of Christ in Kittery. Before coming to First Church Eliot, Beth was the Director Of Spiritual Care and Senior Chaplain at Portsmouth Regional Hospital and had also served as a Hospice chaplain. She is honored to actively serve as the chaplain for the Kittery Fire Department. Most recently, Pastor Beth earned her Doctorate in Ministry in June 2013 from Bangor Theological Seminary.
Beth’s favorite joy is the family and friends that God has blessed her with. She has been married to Mark Hoffman for over 20 years. Mark is a software/test engineer at General Electric in Somersworth. He also enjoys wood craftsmanship and taking photographs in his free time.
Beth doesn’t have too much free time but is passionate about music, spending time with all books, creating theological art and reveling in God’s great creation at Pilgrim Lodge, the Maine UCC camp for all ages. She especially enjoys snuggling with her godchildren, her niece and two nephews as well as her dogs Derby and Moo.
Beth and Mark are blessed to be the parents of two children, Gabe, who is a Freshman at UNH, and Lydia, a High School Sophomore, and can found in the stands proudly watching them in their musical endeavors.