Pastor, Hartford Street Presbyterian Church, Natick
A mash-up of traditional hymns, ’70s folk songs, and African drumbeats, Sunday mornings at Hartford Street Presbyterian Church in Natick are not your typical church service. The Rev. Eric Markman, 56, is not your typical pastor. He took the reins at Hartford Street Presbyterian two years ago, and since then the small church of 125 members has developed a big reputation for diversity.
The melting pot tradition at Hartford Street Presbyterian has given Markman a new perspective on the faith he holds dear. He maintains that it was never the end goal – just a byproduct of the church’s mission to embrace all with open arms. “There is no formula that I know of,” says Markman, who lives with his wife in Haverhill. “It happens, I really think, out of living out God’s love for the world and welcoming all who come to this church.”
—Martine Powers, Globe Staff