Over the summer, the Zion\u2019s Hill United Methodist Church congregation welcomed the Rev. Michael Barry, of South Salem, N.Y., as its new minister. The church\u2019s previous minister, the Rev. Peggy Fabrazio, was appointed to serve at another congregation, said Barry, whose first Sunday at Zion\u2019s Hill was July 1. Barry said he was appointed to Zion\u2019s Hill by the United Methodist Church\u2019s New York Annual Conference bishop, Thomas Bickerton, who \u201cfelt [his] spiritual gifts and talents fit well\u201d with the church. Serving a \u201cdual charge,\u201d Barry said he spends half his time at Zion\u2019s Hill and the other half as head pastor at Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church in South Salem. Barry was born and raised in Warwick, N.Y., and has been a Methodist all his life \u2014\u00a0despite \u201cdrifting greatly away from the church as a young man,\u201d he said. Around 2003, Barry said, he felt \u201ca very strong and specific calling to return\u201d after a life-threatening bout with cancer. \u201c[That\u2019s] when I realized that I had been a consumer most of my life and it was time I began to give back rather than continuing to take,\u201d he said. \u201cI was given a new lease on life, and I felt strongly that God was a big part of that.\u201d Barry said he started \u201cslowly volunteering to read in church,\u201d which led to him becoming a Sunday school teacher and youth leader at New Milford-Edenville United Methodist Church in New Milford, N.Y. \u201cIt\u2019s been a process and journey, but it\u2019s clear that this is where I\u2019m being called, for sure,\u201d said Barry, who went on to serve as youth pastor\u00a0\u2014 and then associate pastor \u2014\u00a0at Grace United Methodist Church for five years beginning in 2008. In 2013, Barry and his family relocated to South Salem, where he began serving as pastor of Stevens Memorial United Methodist Church. In July of that year, he started a dual charge appointment with Stevens Memorial and Ridgefield\u2019s Jesse Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, which lasted two years. After that, Barry served full-time at Stevens Memorial, where \u2014\u00a0although no longer full-time \u2014 he is going into his sixth year. In 2014, Barry completed the master of divinity program at Drew Theological Seminary, graduating with honors in preaching and homiletics. Three years later, he was ordained as an elder in full connection in the United Methodist New York Annual Conference. As an ordained elder and a head pastor, Barry said, he is \u201ccalled and appointed to embody the teachings of Jesus in servant ministries and servant leadership in the communities of Wilton and South Salem, or wherever God calls me to serve.\u201d \u201cJohn Wesley, the founder of Methodism, proclaimed on Hanham Mount near Bristol, England, \u2018The World Is My Parish,\u2019\u201d said Barry. \u201cI feel a true call and responsibility to embody this historical, and very relevant, vision for then and today.\u201d As Zion\u2019s Hill\u2019s new minister, Barry said he hopes to \u201cbring new energy, a fresh perspective, passion, experience and leadership\u201d to the church, as he serves \u201cthe community and members of Zion\u2019s Hill.\u201d \u201cI grew up in the United Methodist Church and I believe in its polity and the way in which we express ourselves as the Body of Christ,\u201d he said. \u201cThe Methodist Church was once a movement that couldn\u2019t be slowed or stopped, and I will do everything I can to facilitate a rekindling of that movement here in Wilton.\u201d Barry said he also wants to \u201cdispel some of the talk on the street \u2014\u00a0Zion\u2019s Hill United Methodist Church isn\u2019t closed, and we haven\u2019t shut our doors,\u201d he said. In fact, Barry said, \u201cwe are eager to meet, greet, and see many of the folk that used to be members or attendees, and will certainly look forward to seeing folk around town.\u201d Zion\u2019s Hill United Methodist Church is at 470 Danbury Road. Information: zionshillmethodist.org.