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 busy making functional and beautiful art, from hundreds of face-masks, to quilts, to various knitting projects. They have two sons: Peter, who is a freshman at Northeastern University, and Jacob, who is a junior at MDI High School. “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.

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.

Sara, Nursery Attendant

Sara is 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!