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Kaye Hult begins as volunteer coordinator

Kaye Hult, who writes free-lance articles about North Idaho, coordinates events and serves on The Fig Tree board, has begun working as administrative and volunteer coordinator.

Kaye Hult
Kaye Hult adds to her Fig Tree work.

“The Fig Tree mission fits my sense of what the church needs to be about,” said Kaye, who learned about it through First Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church in Coeur d’Alene and Veradale United Church of Christ.

She began volunteering at The Fig Tree to help build an archival database of articles.  Living in Post Falls, she has been developing relationships and outlets for The Fig Tree in North Idaho.

After Kaye earned a bachelor’s degree in social work at the University of Wisconsin in 1970, she attended the Catherine Gibbs Secretarial School in New York, worked six months with Merrill Lynch and then as a copy editor with A.D. magazine/United Church Herald from 1971 to 1973.

With a friend, she helped build a trimaran sailboat in Connecticut and sailed it with him for two months.  She worked in different jobs, moving five times from 1973 to 1975.  They married in 1975 at her home on Long Island.

In Boston, she did typesetting.  She went to Boston University School of Theology from 1980 to 1983 and was ordained a United Church of Christ pastor in 1984.

Kaye served two small churches near Toledo, Ohio, for three-and-a-half years, then went to Cape Cod where her husband taught school. She became part-time minister of education at North Falmouth UCC from 1988 to 1990.  From 1990 to 1996, she was minister to single adults at First Congregational Church in Falmouth.  When the North Falmouth UCC position ended after she divorced in 1992, she became secretary in a law office.  She married Al Torres in 1994. 

She served as pastor of the United Church of Bellows Falls, Vt., from 1996 until she retired in 2010.  While there, she helped start the Greater Falls Warming Shelter, an emergency overnight winter shelter for homeless individuals and families.

In 2010, Southeastern Vermont Community Action honored her as a “community catalyst” and Vermont’s House of Representatives recognized her for “her religious and nonsectarian endeavors.”

Al, an auto mechanic for 30 years, had a son and two grandchildren in Coeur d’Alene, so they moved to North Idaho in 2010.

Kaye volunteers for Hospice of North Idaho, serves on its ethics committee and leads a small chorus that sings to hospice clients and people in assisted living.  She also does pulpit supply at Veradale United Church of Christ, which she attends, and at other churches.

For information, call 535-4112, 208-457-3142 or email kaye@thefigtree.org.






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