307 Federal Street, Milton, DE 19968

(302) 393-6857

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WORSHIP DATES FOR MARCH are 4th and 18th

Safe Harbor UCC worships the 1st and 3rd Sunday evenings at St John’s Church, 307 Federal Street, Milton.  We welcome you to our worship and invite you to experience the “Extravagant Welcome” of the United Church of Christ.  You can learn about the UCC, whose roots go back to the beginning of the USA, and even further back to the Reformation which Martin Luther started in the sixteenth century, by clicking the link “UCC” on the buttons to the left.

We look forward to seeing you at our worship.  We have potluck fellowship after every service.  Come hungry!


On February 4th, Rev. Chet Carbaugh will preach for us, followed by an affirming vote of the congregation to call him as our Interim Pastor.  Rev. Dusty Pruitt will be leaving on March 1st to Santa Fe, NM in full retirement.  While we are sad to see her go, Safe Harbor members are excited to face the future with this interim pastor.  Rev. Chet Carbaugh is an experienced UCC pastor who is currently bi-vocational, employed as a real estate salesman in the Rehoboth Beach area.  Come help us WELCOME Pastor Chet as our interim pastor!

February 18th will be Pastor Dusty's last service with us, and Pastor Pete Maurer will be preaching, with Pastor Dusty and Pastor Pete concelebrating communion.  Come worship with us as we anticipate the future with God and the UCC!


Safe Harbor United Church of Christ is located in Sussex County, Delaware. We currently meet every first and third Sunday of the month at  St. John’s Episcopal Church located at 307 Federal Street in Milton, DE.


Rev. Chet Carbaugh is an experienced UCC pastor who is currently bi-vocational, employed as a real estate salesman in the Rehoboth Beach area.  Come help us WELCOME Pastor Chet as our interim pastor!


Chet Carbaugh                      abcecarbaugh@gmail.com


Introductory Statement

Noted throughout the professional experiences of this resume one sees an individual with a multiplicity of capabilities, interests, and aptitudes.  From the hands-on hard working kind of job, to the ability in building a successful business in various locales, to working in the health care industry relating with other disciplines, to understanding the social and spiritual side of the human community; the work highlighted below reflects a wide range of career paths.  Such varied professional experience demonstrates business acumen, exceptional people skills with keen ability to cultivate meaningful relationships, empathetic and effective management talents, flexibility, and creativity.  The diversity of experience has equipped this individual with insight toward problem solving, innovation, and a well-rounded awareness of professional systems, business cultures and church and community organizations.



Professional Experience

Realtor with:

Keller Williams Realty and Berkshire Hathaway Gallo Realty          Feb. 2014 - Present

Real Estate Agent representing clients in the sale and purchase of residential properties

·         Specializing in residential properties for the primary home market as well as the vacation/2nd home market throughout the Sussex County area of Southern Delaware.

·         Also work with investors and contractors in the purchase and resale of property.


Plaza Condominiums                                                                                April 2013 – Feb. 2014

Maintenance Technician for 220 Unit Condominium High Rise Complex in Ocean City, MD

·         Perform general maintenance to common areas, lobby, while maintaining indoor and outdoor pools and small “Tiki Bar” restaurant

·         Complete work orders per request of homeowners and tenants residing in condo units

·         The nature of the work orders include carpentry projects, plumbing and electrical needs, HVAC service and repair, and general home repairs and renovations



Delaware Hospice Inc.                                                                            Sept. 2011 – April 2013

Bereavement Counselor & Chaplain for Milford Office-Sussex Co.

·         Functions in an interdisciplinary team to provide bereavement services to surviving families

·         Facilitates extensive counseling relationships and initiates and leads support group programs

·         Prepares and implements a plan of care for bereaved clients and serves as a liaison with other community resources in helping individuals journey through grief and loss

·         Provides spiritual care to patients and families being especially sensitive to the particular traditions and beliefs of the patient and family

·         Helps patients and families with religious resources relating to all religious expressions as well as those with no religious sentiment or spiritual belief system


A Third Hand Home Improvements                                                       Jan. 2005-Sept. 2011

Owner and General Contractor – Business in Lancaster, PA & Sussex Co., DE

·         Interior/exterior carpentry, property management, home additions, general & historic renovations

·         High quality finish carpentry and installation of custom kitchens

·         Projects ranged from the very small to $300,000 projects

·         Sales of product lines and design were integral to this business



Senior Pastor/Local Church Pastor                                                         June 1988-Dec. 2005

Served as Ordained Minister in local churches at various communities in Ohio and Pennsylvania

·         Performed the tasks of an Ordained Minister in local churches with membership sizes of 330; 750; and 1400 respectively

·         Managed and directed significant staff configurations involving various disciplines from administration, custodial, music personnel, to housing complex/campus size organizations

·         Designed, initiated, and developed numerous programs and innovative experiences

·         Developed and facilitated more than 20 work camping experiences from Florida to Connecticut involving volunteers from youth to every age of adult

·         Established partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Chapters

·         Developed partnership with church in the South of England, UK

·         Facilitated the building of a 60 unit HUD Housing Project for the elderly



Education & Credentials

Lancaster Theological Seminary, Lancaster, PA;  Master of Divinity [1988]

Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA;  B.A. in Social Science/Political Science [1982]

Ordained Minister in the United Church of Christ, [July 1988]

Anti-Racism Trainer/Racial Justice Experience

                Clinical Pastoral Education Unit Completed at Lancaster General Hospital [1987]



Larger Community Involvement

·         Outreach Committee for Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice [2016-current]

·         Board of Directors, Penn Central Conference of the UCC, [1998-2003]

·         Chair of Personnel Committee, PCC, [1999-2002]

·         Graduate school alumni/ae Council President, [1995-1998]

·         Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer  for “Cocalico Place” – HUD Project, [1994-1998]

·         Continued to work with Habitat for Humanity in every community I have resided

·         Worked extensively on racial justice issues and dismantling racism concerns; worked with PA Human Relations Commission; written and led workshops and training sessions

·         Co-chair of Capital Campaign for church Conference [with financial goal of $4.2 million in 2010]

·         Presenter at numerous professional conferences; Caregiver Conference Presenter




Safe Harbor United Church of Christ is located in Sussex County, Delaware.  We are a Christian fellowship that is:


On November 14, 2012, the congregation voted to adopt the UCC’s Statement of Faith in Form of a Doxology

We believe in you, O God, Eternal Spirit, God of our Savior Jesus Christ and our God, and to your deeds we testify:
You call the worlds into being, create persons in your own image, and set before each one the ways of life and death.
You seek in holy love to save all people from aimlessness and sin.
You judge people and nations by your righteous will declared through prophets and apostles.
In Jesus Christ, the man of Nazareth, our crucified and risen Savior, you have come to us and shared our common lot, conquering sin and death and reconciling the world to yourself.
You bestow upon us your Holy Spirit, creating and renewing the church of Jesus Christ, binding in covenant faithful people of all ages, tongues, and races.
You call us into your church to accept the cost and joy of discipleship, to be your servants in the service of others, to proclaim the gospel to all the world and resist the powers of evil, to share in Christ’s baptism and eat at his table, to join him in his passion and victory.
You promise to all who trust you forgiveness of sins and fullness of grace, courage in the struggle for justice and peace, your presence in trial and rejoicing, and eternal life in your realm which has no end.
Blessing and honor, glory and power be unto you.





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