The Reverend Paul Sanderson
About our Pastor
We are fortunate to have a settled pastor who has an extensive educational background and a depth of experience in ministry. The Reverend Paul D. Sanderson, who has been with us over fifteen years, has a bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Massachusetts; a Master of Divinity, a Master of Sacred Theology, and a Doctor of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School; and a Ph.D. in Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Counseling from Boston University. Dr. Sanderson holds a diploma from the C. G. Jung Institute-Boston and is certified as a Jungian Psychoanalyst. He is a licensed Psychologist and a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He is a Diplomate in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
Reverend Sanderson has served six churches in Massachusetts either as interim pastor or as the settled pastor. He was Protestant Chaplain, Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor, and Director of Pastoral Services at Foxborough and Medfield State Hospitals. He was the Executive Director of the Interfaith Counseling Center in Providence and the Director of Training at the Worcester Pastoral Counseling Center. He was ordained and holds his ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ.
Of special interest to Reverend Sanderson is the relationship between religion, psychology, and science. He is also interested in the relationship between Christianity and the Eastern religions: Hinduism, Taoism, and Buddhism. He is especially interested in Tibetan studies and has participated in two trekking pilgrimages through Nepal and Tibet.
In addition to serving our church as its Pastor, Reverend Sanderson has a private practice in Psychology in Foxborough and teaches two courses each semester in the Psychology Department of Assumption College in Worcester. He is a member of the Training Board, a member of the training faculty, and serves as Curriculum Coordinator of the C. G. Jung Institute—Boston. He chairs the Ethics Committee of the New England Society of Jungian Analysts.