Pastor Patty

Patty Marsden
Senior Pastor
Phone: 603-659-3892


I love serving God and God’s people and have committed my life to loving God and loving my neighbor as myself.  I truly believe that all, (and I really mean all) are welcome into God’s grace and unconditional love – no matter who you are or where you are on your journey of faith, you’re welcome here!

I received my Masters of Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary while also completing my clinical pastoral education work at Mercy Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital .  I was ordained by the United Church of Christ, (UCC) in 2014 and my ordination is held by the Rockingham Association.

I have a mission-oriented heart as I live out my faith in action by leading an annual mission trip to Guatemala, as well as an annual in-country short term mission trip to various locations that need people to serve. We are excited about mission here at NCC as we serve in many different ways (which you can read about on this site) to bring the love of Christ out into the world!

Sharing our faith in Christ out into the world is a blessing for the church as we serve in our community and the world. As such,  I have served on the Board of the Newmarket Business Association, am a founding member of the Newmarket Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, and established and co-lead Newmarket Cares Day.  I serve as Chaplain to Newmarket Scouting Troop 200 and truly love supporting this program.  In 2018, I was voted Newmarket Community Leader of the Year, and I’m so grateful to be able to work with the people of this lovely community.  I also serve on the board of International Hands in Service (IHS) through Project Salud y Paz which provides a ministry of health services, health promotion and education to the people of Guatemala leading into a self-sustaining partnership.

Marsden Family

Prior to my ministry at Newmarket Community Church, I was the pastor at Eliot UMC in Eliot Maine as I transitioned away from a twenty-one year professional career at WellPoint, Inc. While at WellPoint, I focused much of my career on organizational design and development, project management, leadership and team development, and communication management. God has prepared me in a variety of ways for ministry.
I live in Stratham, NH with my husband of 27 years, Jim, and our three daughters Elizabeth, Allison, and Marylou. In the picture above, from left to right: Elizabeth, me, Allison, Marylou, and Jim.

I would love to have you join us for worship at NCC – where everyone is welcome!  I look forward to meeting you!


Pastor Patty