The Reverend Gary W. Bagley became the 17th pastor of Edgewood Congregational Church on December 1, 2012. He moved to Cranston from San Antonio Texas where he had served as the Interim pastor at Community UCC for two years.
Reverend Bagley is a native of Texas and had spent his ministry in Texas until his move to Rhode Island. He is a graduate of Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas, where he received his Masters of Divinity in 1989. His undergraduate work was completed in 1983 at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas.
Reverend Bagley served as a Licensed Pastor from June of 1979 until his ordination as a Deacon in June 1988 and then an elder in the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church in June of 1991. He served churches throughout the Texas Annual Conference until June of 2010 when he transferred his credentials to The United Church of Christ where he served as an interim pastor until he was called to Edgewood Congregational Church.
I grew up in Warwick RI, the youngest of five children and went to Warwick schools.
My father was a pharmacist and my mother a musician of the highest order.
Much of my early training involved listening intently to my brother’s practicing for many hours a day and the techniques he used. I wanted very much to play the pieces I heard him playing. When my mother and my brother realized I was playing some of those pieces by ear, my lessons with Annie Rienstra started.
At fifteen, I was asked to be substitute organist at Asbury Church.
At eighteen I auditioned for an organist position at Shawomet Baptist Church in Warwick. At the audition, I was asked to play the Hallelujah chorus from “Messiah” as well as sight read several hymns and play one piece of my own choosing (I played Bach). I was hired for the job and during my seventeen years there, I took over directing the Junior Choir.
In 1984 I accepted a job that was offered to me at Woodbury Union Presbyterian Church in Warwick. This was a chance for me to take leadership of the chancel choir and also play a wonderful Moeller pipe organ.
I came to Edgewood Church in 1996 as a result of finding out from Katherine True, that Edgewood was looking for an organist. Edgewood Church was so near where I lived and I had become tired of a demanding job that did not measure up salary wise.
I was impressed with the wonderful Moeller organ at Edgewood and the acoustics. I appreciated the views held here by the denomination as well.
One day when I entered the sanctuary a man was tuning the piano. I was introduced to him by the minister. The tuner asked me “Is this your first job?” to which I replied “No, this is my LAST job.” A hearty laugh from the minister followed.
I have been married to my husband Ron for forty-two years.
I have two adult children Yolande and Jesse both married and one granddaughter, Helena.
Rev. Gary W. Bagley
Brenda Farrell Muoio
Organist & Choir Director
Edgewood Congregational Church