Rev. L. M. Powers
, who was the successful pastor of the church from 1892 to 1898, was born in Bethel, Me.
, March 21, 1864.
He was educated in the schools of his native town, and, at the age of fourteen, he decided to enter college.
He attended Gould
's Academy at Bethel
, and after graduating, he entered the Wesleyan Academy
at Kent's Hill, Me.
, with the idea of becoming a Methodist minister.
He read the works of Channing
, and became deeply interested.
Early in life he heard Rev. Henry Blanchard
preach, and the sermon proved to be the turning point in Mr. Powers
He decided to become a member of the Universalist Church and a preacher of its doctrines.
He entered Tufts Theological School and took the regular two-years' course, devoting his time to hard study.
Lacking the necessary funds to complete his education, he taught school for the purpose of securing money, and a year later obtained a position as city editor of the Atlantic
City Times, of Atlantic City
, N. J. He returned to Tufts
in 1888 and finished his course, graduating with honors in 1890.
He was at once called to pastorates at Mansfield
, from which he came to Somerville
Rev. Mr. Powers
resigned his pastorate in this city to accept a call to Grace Church, Buffalo