Our Interim Pastor – Rev. Allyson Platt

Our New Interim Pastor Joins us in February 2024:  Welcome to Allyson Platt

Allyson grew up in Wallingford, CT, as an active participant in First Congregational Church youth
groups and choir, preaching her first sermon at age 16. She did her undergraduate studies at
Southern Vermont College, George Washington University, and Southern CT State University,
receiving a BA in journalism. She then attended seminary at Pacific School of Religion in
Berkeley, CA, receiving a Master of Divinity. She was ordained by the Northern
California/Nevada Region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).
Allyson has done social justice ministry and intentional interim ministry, as well as ecumenical
ministry as Executive Director of the Worcester (MA) Ecumenical Council, and was Regional
Minister for the Northeast Region/New England District of Disciples of Christ. She also served as
Director of Relational Spirituality at YOU, Inc., in Worcester, developing a spirituality and
mental health curriculum for youth in residential treatment programs.
While in the role at YOU, Inc., Allyson felt a call to return to school for a second master’s degree
in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, which she was awarded from Antioch University in Keene,
focusing on the treatment of complex PTSD. Prior to starting her private practice, she worked in
adolescent residential and acute treatment programs as both therapist and director and
worked as a helpline consultant at a child sexual abuse prevention agency. She served as
director of and clinical supervisor at ServiceNet’s Holyoke Outpatient Clinic, as well as leader of
the agency’s child trauma team. She has been in solo private practice since 2016, with specific
specialties in complex trauma and adoption, and works with her therapy dog, Hero.
Allyson has two children. Ari, who now lives near Lake George, works as a farrier, among many
other careers, and has been a world traveler, including two seasons in Antarctica! John is
married to Eden and they have two boys, Sam (10) and Elliott (2½). They live north of
Albuquerque. John is a high school social studies teacher and bowling team coach. He’s also on
the faculty for the school’s model United Nations and plans to attend law school once Eden
finishes her master’s degree. Eden will complete her undergraduate degree in psychology in
May and is going on to grad school to become a family therapist. Allyson also had a foster son,
Rob, who passed away a few years ago at 29 from cancer.
Allyson’s interests are swimming, gentle hiking, sewing/quilting, going out to hear live music,
and dancing at the annual Green River Festival. She is a life-long fan of General Hospital, a habit
she acquired as a child watching with her grandmother. Allyson and Hero will be sharing a
house in Keene with a colleague from Antioch, Karyn.