Food for Thought: Stories of Nantucket from “Island Pastor” with Rev. Ruth Smalt

Reverend Ruth Smalt, formerly Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church, shares the stories and photos of six years on Nantucket, from her book, Island Pastor.

You can order the book today online at the Museum Shop.


The Rev. Dr. Ruth Herron Smalt joyfully served on Nantucket as Associate Minister of the historic First Congregational Church, on Center Street. She now serves as Senior Pastor at Siesta Key Chapel, a Presbyterian Church on another island.

A Master of Divinity graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Rev. Ruth holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University in Educational Administration and Supervision. She has served at The Brick Presbyterian Church in Manhattan as seminarian minister; and as chaplain at Greenwich Hospital in CT and Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, Colorado. Prior to being ordained in the ministry, Ruth enjoyed careers in education and as an Executive Director for non-profits.

Ruth is active in volunteer work, community life, and all things outdoors. She recently finished terms as Moderator of the Presbytery of Southern New England, President of Nantucket Interfaith Council, and board member of Habitat Nantucket.

Rev. Ruth’s contagious passion for knowing and serving one another in community is evidenced in her life theme, “Alive, Alert, Awake, Enthusiastic!” illustrating her belief that we are all called to be active participants in God’s gift of creation, from the beautiful, windy shores of Nantucket to the white sand beaches of Siesta Key.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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