Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick

Rev. Hillary Collins-Gilpatrick was called to ministry at the First Universalist Church of Yarmouth on Sunday, May 10, and began her ministry 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, Religious Studies Faculty, and Farm & Forest 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 non-profits throughout New England. 

As a native Mainer, Rev. Hillary has a great love for the outdoors 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, watercolor painting, and going on gallivants with her greyhound, Smokey Jo, and long-term partner, Alexis. 

You can get to know more about Rev. Hillary by watching these introductory videos: