Mission to Maine

In the 1940s a young Presbyterian minister, the Rev. William J. Burger, Jr., visited the logging camps of the Northern Forest as a lumberjack sky pilot. In his travels, Bill noticed the large number of rural Maine communities where churches had been closed. Bill’s dream was to organize Presbyterian churches to serve these small towns. Supported by the National Board of Missions, Mission at the Eastward (MATE), a cooperative parish of churches and outreach ministries, was organized in 1954. The first motto of the Mission continues to describe its life: to reach the last house on the last road.




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