Obituary: Rev. Richard Hubbard-Petersen

Reverend Richard Hubbard Petersen

WALLINGFORD, Connecticut – The Reverend Richard Hubbard Petersen died Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at the age of 94. After a short period of declining health, Richard passed away peacefully with his beloved wife, Barbara, and family by his side. .

Richard was born in New Haven, Connecticut on May 25, 1928. After completing Hamden High School, he graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH in 1950 with a liberal arts degree with a focus on music and languages . In December of the same year, he married the love of his life, Barbara Lois Bradley at Howard Avenue Methodist Church in New Haven, Conn.

He went to work for US Electrical Motors in Milford, Connecticut. This led him to a position as a field engineer in the Northampton District of Massachusetts. During this period, he and Barbara had three sons. There he was converted to the Lord Jesus Christ and born again into the new life. Later the Lord led him into the preaching ministry, and Barbara and their three sons moved to North Carolina. There he attended Duke University seminary, served his first pastorate, was ordained to the ministry of the Methodist Church, earned a doctorate in biblical studies at Duke, and served as chaplain and professor of religion at Pfeiffer College. . During this time, their fourth child, a daughter, was born.

They later moved to Portland where they lived for 45 years. There he founded an independent church that later became the Christchurch Evangelical Covenant Church, and he transferred his ordination credentials into the same denomination. He retired as pastor emeritus of Christchurch and accepted a position as executive director of the Bible Society of Maine. Later in retirement, he served as acting pastor in several churches in Maine, Connecticut and Florida and served as chaplain on numerous Holland American Line cruises. In 2014, he and Barbara moved to Ashlar Village in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Richard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Barbara Bradley Petersen; children Richard Bradley Petersen, John Winslow Petersen (Carlene), David Willard Petersen (Cindie), Susan Elizabeth Burger (Peter); eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Christchurch Evangelical Covenant Church, 1900 Congress St., Portland on September 8 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow at Scarborough First Congregational Church, 167 Black Point Rd., Scarborough. All are invited to attend. Interment will be at Black Point Cemetery in Scarborough at 3 p.m. Online condolences can be expressed at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Christchurch Evangelical Covenant Church in Portland, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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