Professional Profiles

Information from both my professional and interim profiles are provided for reference only.

Ministerial Profile || Interim Ministerial Profile.

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Interest in contacting Rev. Jarvis for any ministerial position must be directed to:

Connecticut Conference office
125 Sherman Street
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 233-5564
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Interim Ministry References

Karen Uebele | J. Richard Fowler, Chaplain at Bristol Hospital

Barbara Calabro | John Dozet & Richard Tharp | Karl Phillippi
Stephen Thompson | Marcy Burke | Peggy and Don Wallace

Karen Uebele

York, ME
July 2013

To Whom It May Concern:

This letter represents a letter of reference for David Jarvis, known affectionately as "Jarv". I met Jarv in January 2004, when I became the administrator for Eventide Home in Exeter, NH. Jarv was pastor for a local church, which was also the church for several of my "Ladies", or female residents. It might help to understand when I arrived at Eventide Home, a home to only 22 female residents, Eventide was considered a small community that had had the same administrator for the previous 25 years, and change to the elderly population is very, very hard. The residents, or "Ladies", as I like to refer to them, embraced me immediately. Residents and staff alike were a family, truly; and whatever we did, our goal was to make the residents feel loved, safe and secure. Jarv was a huge part of this.

He was not just a pastor who visited Eventide Home on a weekly basis, to conduct church services. He was so much more to the residents. He would arrive with his portable organ, on a very regular basis, and play all the old favorites for the Ladies, with them singing along with gusto! Jarv enjoyed making holidays especially special for the Ladies! For Valentine's Day Jarv decided the menu, which my dietary department would prepare; how the Dining Room was to be decorated, which my Activity staff would adhere to; and he arranged for incredible singers to sing as he played music that was so appropriate for Valentine's Day. The residents adored him.

There are two events that I will never forget, and therefore, must share. One day one resident asked me what would happen to her when she died. I was at a complete loss for words, but knew exactly what I needed to do. I called Jarv immediately, and we set up a day when he came and he addressed the issue in such a beautiful way, that all the Ladies shared their thoughts, and Jarv was at his best, making each resident feel her belief was good and right for them. There are really no words to describe how meaningful and special that afternoon was for everyone present.

When the decision was made by the Board of Trustees that Eventide Home must close, Jarv made himself available as much as he could, knowing this was so hard on the Ladies, as each of them had to select a new home to move to. He was there for our final day, when all the residents were still together. A sad day to be sure, but he made certain he was there to ease their hearts, and to share a positive and meaningful message.

When Jarv left the local church to move to New York, the residents created a special gift for him, and decided how we would celebrate his move. That event, which was planned by the Ladies and our Activity staff, would show you how much they loved him, how important he was to them.

I cannot express how much joy and affirmation of faith he gave to our Ladies, because you had to witness it to believe it. But be assured, wherever Jarv goes, that community, that church, will be blessed to receive him and the gifts he bestows on others. I can only highly recommend Jarv to your community.

If you wish to speak to me, I can be reached at home at 207-363-1289.

Sincerely,

Karen J. Uebele


J. Richard Fowler, Chaplain at Bristol Hospital

Bristol, CT
August 2013

It gives me great pleasure to recommend David F. Jarvis as a well-respected colleague and friend. Dave’s style of interacting with parishioners and patients is user-friendly, down-to-earth and respectful. His ministry is grounded in a liberating theology wherein all are treated equally and have value; David is one of the most honest people I know. In ministry, this is perhaps the ultimate attribute and accolade.

David's humor is robust and engaging, his outlook and world view is mature and encompassing, his preaching and theological application is prophetic, and he seeks to be an agent of healing and restoration wherever he serves. He is also quite an accomplished musician of piano, organ, and electronic keyboards. His memory of many types of music is encyclopedic. He even has a mobile electronic keyboard mounted on wheels so he can go from room to room bringing his upbeat ministry of music to those who would benefit from it... namely, everyone!

Dave served as a trained Hospice Volunteer during his tenure as interim Minister in Bristol, and was a much valued addition to our Hospice team, and to the area clergy association. Best of all... David is reliable. In my estimation, David has always been an invaluable asset to any setting, be it formal or informal, professional and personal. I trust him implicitly. I feel that any setting that has David Jarvis as a minister and leader is fortunate indeed. He is truly one in a million!


Barbara M. Calabro

Pelham, NH
May 8, 2007

As members of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, in Pelham, New Hampshire, we highly recommend Rev. David F. Jarvis as an interim minister. He has led us through a tough transition period after our long-term pastor left suddenly.

Rev. Jarvis has worked diligently with all the committees of the Church to empower the lay people to become actively involved in Worship, Missions, Christian Education, Pastor Parish Relations and rewriting of the Church By-Laws.

He presents us with great ideas, causing us to think more deeply about what lies ahead. He is very friendly and a man of deep faith. His sermons are strong and delivered with passion, forcing all who attend to think about his message as we return to our day-to-day activities.

Rev. Jarvisí musical abilities are awesome. He brings a portable keyboard to local hospitals and nursing homes he visits, leading them in singing songs they love. The residents always look forward to his visits. He has been very good at visiting the sick and those experiencing the death of a loved one.

His leadership in two confirmation classes has been outstanding. He has taught them much about faith, loving and serving others, how to deal with grief and accepting Christ as their savior. The confirmation classes has ended with the students leading worship, causing those in attendance tears, as the class spoke about what they have learned.

Again, we would recommend Rev. Jarvis to any church searching for an Interim who will provide a passion for Godís word as well as push the congregation down the path that is right for them.

Barbara M. Calabro, Deacon
Deborah F. Calabro, Member-at-large
Joseph J. Calabro, Treasurer


John Dozet & Richard Tharp

North Hampton, NH
July 24, 2005

It has been our pleasure to work with Rev. David Jarvis over the last eighteen months in his role as Interim Pastor at the United Church of Christ in North Hampton. Rev. Jarvis was the first intentional interim that our church has ever hired, and as we prepare for calling a permanent pastor, we feel certain that Rev. Jarvis leading us through the interim has prepared us better than ever before for our permanent pastor.

Rev. Jarvis brings many, many gifts to his ministry as well as a wealth of experience from his twenty-five plus years in the ministry. One of his most obvious gifts is his music, which he has continuously shared during his tenure. His ministry at local nursing homes is especially noteworthy. Through his music he is able to minister to all of the nursing home residents, not just those that are connected to our church.

Early in his interim ministry at North Hampton, Rev. Jarvis began to prepare us for the process that would lead to our calling a permanent pastor. He brought his skills and experience as an intentional interim pastor to bear, and that has made a tremendous difference in our search process and in our preparation. Rev. Jarvis held workshops for our congregation, which were heavily attended, and he asked us tough questions, forcing us to think about ourselves as a church and what we wanted in a permanent pastor. His ongoing work with our Search Committee has been a tremendous help and made their job much easier than in the past.

In the past we have had difficulty dealing with conflict, but during the last year we have grown significantly as we dealt with unwanted publicity and issues of diversity rising out of that publicity. We are now dealing with conflict in more constructive ways, including the creation of a Diversity Committee, and Rev. Jarvis has helped us along this better, more constructive path.

We are also very pleased with the financial stability that Rev. Jarvis has helped us to achieve. He has personally sought out opportunities to insure that we stay on solid financial footing during the interim period, and through Rev. Jarvis' effort 2004 was one of the best fiscal years in memory.

Rev. Jarvis has also been very active in our various ministries. From leading adult education classes to participating in our knitting ministry and to joining our Senior High mission trip to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Rev. Jarvis made sure all of our ministries see their importance to our wider church during the interim period.

In retrospect, we feel certain that our church made a very wise decision in hiring an intentional interim, and Rev. David Jarvis was a great fit for our church. His experience, energy and intentional interim expertise have contributed greatly to our church during his eighteen-month tenure, and we would highly recommend Rev. Jarvis to other churches.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

John Dozet, Current Co-Moderator
Richard Tharp, Former Co-Moderator


Karl Phillippi

Madison, CT

David served as the Interim Associate Pastor of our Church here in Madison, CT several years ago, and his presence is still very favorably felt among us. He offered us many gifts:
  • He has a natural gift for Pastoral care and concern. The shut-ins and ill looked forward to his visits with joy and anticipation, and he never failed them. They were his top priority.

  • He related very well to the boards and committees that fell within his domain. He offered a style of leadership that recognized needs and found solutions that were more often welcomed than resisted.

  • Theologically I found him to be close to what I would describe as the center but with a tilt a bit more perhaps to the left than the right. God is a god of justice, mercy and peace; and Jesus offers us the perfect example of what that means to us who are human. His preaching is well grounded in scripture and I doubt if anyone would ever find it dull. He takes his preaching very seriously and prepares very carefully, and to this very day he will call me when he feels he is onto something he is excited about.

  • He worked with youth choir and he had them singing their hearts out.

  • He has administrative skills that too many pastors seem to lack.
He is truly excited about Parish Ministry. He finds it challenging and rewarding. His style is to be careful in every detail, very innovative. He is truly a people person. He has a deep concern that the folk in his care should have god and a love of neighbor in their hearts.
And finally he has great talent musically which he offered to us in so many interesting and beautiful ways. It was for all of us a beautiful part of his ministry.

I can say, without reservation, that I would be extemely pleased and privileged to have "Jarv" as my Pastor.

Stephen Thomson

Waterbury, CT

Dave Jarvis (Jarv, as he’s known here) arrived at First Church when our communal spirit was at a low ebb, having just passed through a period of administration irregularities that left a degree of dissension in its wake, as well as a bad taste in the mouths of those who had anything to say on either side of the issues. We had learned to practice the usual forms of denial, repression, and evasion, along with a certain amount of passive-aggressive behavior, otherwise known (in KJV terminology) as backbiting. We were, corporately, run-down, spiritually anemic, and mildly demoralized. We were badly in need of a boost.

It was at this moment that Jarv dropped in on us, much like - as one of our members put - a male Mary Poppins, umbrella open, feet ready to hit the ground running, with a bag full of just the medicine we needed. Medicine sometimes bitter, often surprising in its effect, usually served with at least a spoonful of sugar. And healing followed. Before we were even fully aware of what was happening, Jarv had infused our worship, our prayer and praise, with a strong shot of energy that had be sorely needed for a long, long time. He made us aware, first, of our (often hidden) strengths, what “tasted good” about us, and then gently led us to see how we needed to rediscover and recondition those strengths in order to re-commission ourselves for God’s service.

He helped us to see our selves as what we are-a church in the city. Not an inner city church, with all that that phrase entails, but a church downtown, closely surrounded by neighborhoods made up of people often very different from ourselves, with backgrounds and cultures unlike anything we were familiar with or comfortable around. Jarv brought us into closer contact with the larger community, in particular through association with The Naugatuck Valley Project, an organization concerned with housing, employment, and youth issues. At Jarv’s urging, our church invited the NVP into our fellowship hall and later into our sanctuary, bringing together hundreds of people representing dozens of organizations-churches of various denominations, housing co-ops, youth and labor groups-to discuss what could be done to improve our cities, our schools, our lives, and how we could work together to accomplish our goals.

He helped make our worship more musical, as well as more “flavorful,” by exercising his own considerable gifts as a pianist and a singer. Having had a jazz background (on top of his classical training), Jarv knows how to improvise a hymn medley with the same ease with which he can improvise a homily when the situation calls for it. He has taught a normally reserved congregation to sing unreservedly, and to have fun while offering praise and thanks.

With his energy, his incisiveness, his panache, Jarv is ideally equipped for interim pastoral ministry. He knows what problems need to be addressed, he sees how they might be resolved, and he is unafraid of letting people know what he thinks. He has always been open about himself, and he is equally open about his thoughts concerning us. His integrity is unquestioned, as is his respect for confidentiality. Though some of us at times may disagree with a particular opinion or disapprove of a liturgical innovation, I think I can safely say that almost no one doubts Jarv’s sincerity, honestly, intelligence, or passion. We know that he loves us, and more importantly, that he loves the God he seeks to serve.

Marcy Burke

Lido Beach, NY

In March of 1998 God sent our church a gift…an interim minister by the name of David F. Jarvis. Our church had been severely divided over the circumstances surrounding our previous minister leaving. We had hired a mediator and were working hard to find our way. There were serious questions with respect to whether or not our church would survive at all. Shortly after Jarv, as he likes to be called, arrived, things started to turn around. He put us through a program that made us ask ourselves some tough questions and refused to let us use the "we’ve always done it that way" answer. Although not everyone in church loves everything he does, they respect him for his openness and ability to get people to see what God's mission is for them individually and for our church as a whole. As past president of the church, I am convinced that his being called as our interim minister was part of God's plan. He will be sorely missed.

Peggy and Don Wallace

Sarasota, FL

When David Jarvis arrived as our interim minister in the spring of 1998, the spirits of our congregation, individually and collectively, were at a very low ebb. It seemed that nothing could save our beloved Community Church of Syosset. But almost from the first day he spent in our midst, David lifted our spirits, reminded us that all things are possible with the help of our Lord, and set us on our feet again.

He accomplished this by a variety of means: by his inspirational preaching, by the many innovative ideas he injected into our worship and our fellowship—but most of all, by his own example. His words and actions were always positive ones, showing us that beam at the end of the tunnel of our despair—until now, we have emerged into the light again, full of God’s grace and hopeful for the future.

David will be sorely missed when he leaves us, but we can console ourselves in the knowledge that he is surely going to do for some other congregation what he has done for us.