About our Pastor and Staff

Our Pastor

Rev. Joy Toll-Chandler has been pastor at Hope UMC since July of 2017.  Through much of Pastor Joy’s ministry she served United Methodist churches in Maine and Vermont, mostly rural churches but also co-pastoring a more suburban federated church.  More recently she spent nine years using her ministry skills in a little different way, serving as Minister of Music and as a Director of Worship Arts in Presbyterian churches in Florida.  Pastor Joy studied music as an undergraduate and did graduate studies in church music at Concordia University.  She says that she loved directing music and arts programs and learned a lot about ministry during that time.

Finding that she missed pastoral ministry and her New England family she made plans to return and join the New England Annual Conference. Our bishop appointed her to Hope UMC in 2017.  Pastor Joy believes that the strengths she brings to ministry are pastoral care, preaching and worship leadership and planning and organizing.

Pastor Joy and her husband, Paul Chandler have been married for over 30 years.  Between them they have four children and six grandchildren. Paul’s daughter and grandson live in Arizona and his son, daughter in law and second grandson are closer by in Vermont.  Joy has one son in eastern MA and one in California.  Both sons are married, and each have given her a grandson and a granddaughter to dote on!

Since returning to New England, Pastor Joy and Paul have purchased their future retirement home near the ocean in Maine.  They enjoy spending time there walking on the beach and finding new lighthouses that they haven’t seen yet.  They both enjoy watching movies and playing games and Joy is a crafty sort, knitting, crocheting, and sewing a bit.  Of course, Pastor Joy also loves music and is accomplished at playing the piano and handbells.

Administrative Assistant

George Button is a Retired Certified Lay Minister and has been our Administrative Assistant for several years. George is available in the office Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to greet visitors and answer calls while performing all of his office duties.

Music and Choir Director



Nursery Attendant

Lay Leader

Alice Collins has been the Lay Leader at Hope UMC since 2015. Alice works diligently to support the pastor and to work with the congregation, encouraging them in their roles as laity of the church. Alice spent many years serving the church in Christian Education as a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School Superintendent. She currently supports communication in the church through the church website, Facebook page and newsletter publications and overseeing the video recordings of the worship services. Outside of church, Alice works part time with a local commercial embroidery business and captains a church sponsored Relay for Life team along with serving on the leadership team for the local Relay event.