Bristol Fourth of July Committee

2020 Interfaith Service


Friday, July 3rd at 4:00 PM

First Congregational Church

300 High Street, Bristol


The Interfaith Service brings together the clergy from Bristol’s houses of worship in a patriotic, multi-denominational prayer gathering. The Bristol County Chorus together with the host church's choir provide the music and a speaker gives a talk about a relevant topic.  

This year's speaker is Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose, Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church.

"I am inspired by First Congregational Church's welcoming spirit and deep commitment to including children and youth in all aspects of church life. I'm passionate about our dedication to be the hands and feet of Christ here on earth by serving our community in Christ's name.

“And I'm passionate about interfaith dialogue. Jesus calls us to love ALL of our neighbors.”

“And I'm passionate about sharing with today's youth that God loves everyone: gay, straight, black, white, pink, or purple...."


“First Congregational Church is truly a place where spirit, heart, and mind meet.”

In the fall of 2017, our congregation voted to affirm God's call on Pastor Burton's life to become our senior pastor and teacher. He grew up in Houston and attended Howard Payne University, majoring in public relations and speech with a minor in radio/television. Pastor Burton attended Andover Newton Theological School, the oldest graduate school of theology in America. He majored in pastoral counseling and preaching for his Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton, a covenantal seminary of the United Church of Christ. He has completed additional studies at Harvard Divinity School and Yale Divinity School.

Prior to coming to First Congregational Church, Pastor Burton served as a United Church of Christ pastor and teacher in South Texas after serving the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ as Minister for Communications. He has also served as CEO of several non-profits and worked for the United States Congress.


A descendant of colonial clergy, Pastor Burton loves American history, both early and recent. 


God has blessed Pastor Burton and his husband Ron with a beautiful daughter named Rosalee. They enjoy travel, hiking, gardening and playing with their three Scottish Terriers, Angus, Duncan, and Louisa.

The Interfaith Service will be streamed live on Facebook and archived on the First Congregational Church website.




Church Website:

Interfaith Participants

First Congregational Church, UCC

300 High Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1680

  • Rev. Burton Bagby-Grose, Pastor


St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

399 Hope St, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1718

  • Rev. Canon Michael J. Horvath, Rector


First Baptist Church

250 High Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1811

  • Rev. Jacob Mc Guire, Pastor

St. Mary’s Church

330 Wood Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1851

  • Rev. Barry Gamache, Pastor

  • Deacon Paul J. Bisbano

St. Columban's Retirement Center

65 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI

  • Rev. John Brannigan, S.S.C., Superior

Saint Elizabeth’s Church

577 Wood Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1914

  • Rev. Marinaldo A. Batista, C. S. P.


Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

141 State Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1917

  • Rev. Henry P. Zinno, Jr., Pastor

  • Rev. Stephen Battey, Assistant Pastor


United Brothers Synagogue

205 High Street, Bristol, RI

  • Founded in 1900

  • Cantor Joel Gluck

Freedom Road Baptist Church

10 Leila Jean Drive, Bristol, RI

  • Pastor Mark Leary

Mt. Hope Church

574 Hope Street, Bristol, RI

  • Pastor Joel Sedam

Interfaith Service Committee

For all inquiries regarding the Interfaith Service, please contact the event chairman:


Patty Squatrito
Nat Squatrito


P.O. Box 561

Bristol, RI 02809


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