The Rev. Spinney moves off

A man of great energy and dedication, Roger Spinney has worked for hospice, the county jail, and the Tisbury Senior Center in addition to his role as pastor of two Baptist congregations on the Island.
File photo by Ralph Stewart

A man of great energy and dedication, Roger Spinney has worked for hospice, the county jail, and the Tisbury Senior Center in addition to his role as pastor of two Baptist congregations on the Island.

The Reverend Roger Spinney, pastor of the Baptist churches in Vineyard Haven and Aquinnah for the past 14 years, will move to Falmouth at the end of the month and take up new responsibilities as chaplain with Hospice of the Cape & Islands.

In another sense those responsibilities will not be new for Mr. Spinney has been serving as a Hospice Chaplain on the Vineyard for some time

Pastor Spinney has also been serving as chaplain at the Dukes County House of Correction, the county jail, conducting services of worship each Sunday and on other special occasions. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tisbury Senior Center.

Prior to his employment on the Vineyard, Roger Spinney was general minister to the Baptist Churches in Vermont and New Hampshire where, among other things, he was a consultant in clergy placement.

While he was minister to the Island Baptist Churches, a Portuguese-speaking Brazilian congregation was welcomed to worship in the Vineyard Haven Baptist Church where they continue to worship as they have for 13 years.

Mr. Spinney’s final day as pastor and preacher on the Vineyard will be on Memorial Day, Sunday, May 30. His wife, Sharon Spinney, a nurse at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, will continue her good work here, joining the daily commuters on the gleaming white ships of the Steamship Authority.