Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick

Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick began her ministry at the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth in August 2020. 

Prior to becoming First U’s called minister, Rev. Hillary was at the White Mountain School in New Hampshire, where she served as the Chaplain and Farm Manager. Before that position, Rev. Hillary served as a Director and Minister of Lifespan Religious Education in large and mid-size churches in the Boston and Washington, D.C. areas. She received her MDiv from Harvard Divinity School with a focus in Buddhist Philosophy and her BA from Smith College in American Religious History. Prior to pursuing the ministerial path, Rev. Hillary was a high school teacher and also worked in youth centers and justice-seeking nonprofits throughout the northeast.

Born and raised in Maine, Rev. Hillary has a great love for the ocean and mountains, and over a decade’s experience working on organic farms. While she appreciates, studies, and respects all faiths, Rev. Hillary’s personal beliefs are rooted primarily in Buddhism, a religion she has practiced since childhood. In her free time, Rev. Hillary enjoys playing music, inventing recipes, hiking in the White Mountains, and going on gallivants with her greyhound, Tizzy, and partner, Alexis.