Rev. Rob Benson, Pastor

Rob and his family have lived on Mount Desert Island since 2002. He loves music and swimming (especially outside); Cristy, Rob’s wife, is the director at Artwaves. Their sons, Peter and Jacob, attend MDI High School and are active in local music and sports programs. “We love the spirit of community here on MDI and are especially grateful for the wonderful, thoughtful, caring, devoted congregation of Bar Harbor Congregational Church. We are excited to see how the Spirit will continune to move and lead us together in service to God.”

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Robin Ann Barron, Organist and Music Director

Robin Ann Barron has been a church organist and music director for 36 years, and a public school music teacher for grades pre-K through 12 in Maine and Vermont. She’s currently taking the Master Gardener course through Hancock County Cooperative Extension. She loves gardening, music, drama, films, reading, cooking, fly fishing and fiber arts. She lives in Sullivan with her dog Renny and her cat Spooky. Her favorite kind of humor runs mostly to British TV – Jeeves & Wooster, Monty Python, Black Adder and Fawlty Towers.


Rev. René Colson Hudson, Director of Christian Education

René Colson Hudson brings a wealth of extensive experience both in and beyond the local church. She has directed and promoted Christian Education since 1991, working extensively with children, youth, and families, and more recently has developed expertise in contemplative spirituality. She also founded a spiritual direction and retreat practice, developed and led a program in Contemplative Leadership, and worked extensively with labyrinths. Through her kind, authentic, and relational work she encourages people of all ages to pursue deeper relationships with God and with one another.

Prior to moving to Maine, René served as chaplain at Riverview Estates, a long-term care community in Riverton, NJ. Before that she served for nearly 12 years as Pastor of First Baptist Church in Moorestown, NJ, and holds ordained standing in the American Baptist Churches USA.

Paul Dickson, church administrator

Paul Dickson, Church Administrator

Paul Dickson came to Mount Desert Island in 2002 and has served as our Parish Administrator since February 2006. Also an active musician, he has served as organist and choir director in churches in Rhode Island and Maine. He and his wife Mimi live on the ‘quiet side’ of MDI.

Mari, Nursery Attendant

Mari is a senior at College of the Atlantic studying marine biology. When she isn’t in Bar Harbor she lives in Anacortes, Washington.

Sara, Nursery Attendant

2019 is Sara's second summer as a nursery aide. She's a Bar Harbor native, and currently enrolled at the University of Maine for Nursing. In her spare time she loves to knit and hang out with her dogs.

If you have any questions about our congregation, please do not hesitate to contact the office by email ( or by telephone at 207-288-3280.  We look forward to hearing from you!