Bonnie Rosborough grew up in Down East Maine with the lobster pots, sea gulls and pine trees.
She came to know the sacred in nature and God in the local Congregational Church. Having majored in Philosophy at the University of Maine, she pursued graduate studies at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and was awarded a Masters of Divinity in 1976. Later that same year she was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Middlesex Association, Connecticut Conference, UCC; and then served the First Church of Christ, Congregational, in Middletown, Connecticut as that parish’s Associate Minister for the next four years. In 1980, Bonnie returned to Union Seminary to serve in what became a variety of administrative and counseling positions; but she was called back to pastoral ministry in 1984 when she became the first female and youngest minister in the history of Broadway United Church of Christ (NYC). After a tenure of twenty happy years there, she came to Briarcliff Congregational Church in 2004. Along the way, she earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Theological Seminary. And throughout it all, she’s marveled at the mystery and grace of a God who can use a chipped clay vessel such as herself to advance the purposes and promise of Jesus Christ!
Pastor Rosborough’s greatest interest lies where the newspaper and Bible intersect; that is, she’s most concerned for how the experience of being human in our world is shaped and informed by our Judeo-Christian faith tradition and how the Good News of that tradition provides God’s people with abundant purposefulness and hope. Throughout her ministry, she’s been devoted to bringing the Gospel to social realities and needs, whether working with people suffering with AIDS, those incarcerated or those without housing. She loves to preach and teach, and delights in the many pastoral relationships that evolve in parish work.
Dr. Rosborough is married to John Batchelor, with whom she has raised two, now adult children. A rescue dog, Sadie, and two warring cats complete their household.