Exploring the landscape of 21st-century ministries together

Two hundred years ago, Bangor Theological Seminary came into being on the edge of a beckoning northern frontier.  Today, in a time of immense challenge for faith communities as we have known them, we journey toward a new horizon.  We now enter our third century with a new name, The BTS Center.  We are a non-profit charitable organization in the State of Maine, carrying on the historic, chartered educational mission established in 1814, as we adopt new ways to provide resources and experiences for theological education, spiritual formation, and competency for ministry. We are paying particular attention to the needs of adult learners in a digitally-integrated culture, serving in smaller, rural settings.


Our forebears were rooted in New England congregational perspectives and practices. Bangor Theological Seminary was a closely-related seminary of the United Church of Christ. In its new context, The BTS Center remains a UCC related ministry. Even as we celebrate our historic covenantal relationship with the United Church of Christ, our programs are ecumenical in nature and designed to serve individuals and communities from varied faith traditions — as well as persons who may not have identified a spiritual home.


Our Mission

The BTS Center is a think tank that sponsors educational events, projects, and research inquiries in the fields of religion, spirituality, practical theology, and ministry. Through thought leadership and vocational development initiatives, The BTS Center equips and supports faith leaders for theologically grounded, effective leadership in 21st-century communities of faith and practice.


Our Team

  • Reverend Dr. Robert Grove-Markwood

    Executive Director

  • Pamela Shellberg, Ph.D.


  • Elizabeth Drescher, Ph.D.

    Consulting Scholar

  • Rachel Grivois

    Staff Accountant

  • David Brady

    Communications Assistant

  • Sheryl Glidden


  • Jessica Masse

    Branding Consultant

  • John Hafford

    Design & Branding Consultant




Deborah Coyman — Falmouth, ME
James Gertmenian — Falmouth, ME
Benjamin Haskell — Brewer, ME
Wendy Laidlaw — Portland, ME (Chair)
Raymond Phillips — Waterville, ME (Vice-Chair)
Paul Shupe — Lexington, MA
Helen Scalia — Portland, ME (Treasurer)