PLATTSBURGH - The Rev. Bruce Dodd of Plattsburgh has been chosen to serve as pastor of Presbyterian churches in the village of Rouses Point and hamlet of Chazy.
Dodd will start his ministry this Sunday, Dec. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church in Rouses Point beginning at 9 a.m. and Chazy Presbyterian Church beginning at 11 a.m.
Dodd, who will serve the churches for a period of one year, has a long history of religious education and service. He was born in Akron, Ohio, to deeply religious parents and was schooled early in the Gospel of Jesus Christ at High Street Church of Christ, in Akron.
Dodd attended the Stony Brook School, and then went on to the University of Pennsylvania and received his bachelor's degree in education. After his Navy service, he spent 20 years at the Stony Brook School, where he served as director of admissions as well as a teacher and coach. It was while the stated supply pastor for Cutchogue Presbyterian Church on Long Island that he received his call to the ministry.
Initially, Dodd enrolled in the New York Theological Seminary and New York University in New York City to better his Bible teaching skills. From there, he was awarded his master's degree in pastoral studies for religious education. For the next 10 years, he lived in northern Georgia where he was headmaster and president of two private religious schools.
Dodd was ordained in 1986 and, since then, he has served as pastor of Presbyterian churches in Georgia and, more recently, in upstate New York. His family is made up of his wife, Carolyn, their five children and 14 grandchildren.
"The interest of the Chazy and Rouses Point churches in my serving as their interim pastor has been a most pleasant surprise," Dodd stated in his response to the invitation to serve. "Carolyn and I feel that once again we are being led in a new an unexpected direction. We are most appreciative of the invitation to join with them."