Chad Poland graduated third in his class and was a four-year member of the band, jazz band, chorus (All-State, 1991), soccer team (captain and first player in school history to be named First Team All-State), and outdoor track team (Penquis League champs 1998-1999 and state runners up in 1991). He also twice played the lead role in the school musical, finished third in the shot-put at the indoor track state meet, and spent the summer of 1990 in Norway through the AFS Intercultural Program.
Chad first attended Bates College, where he captured the lead role in Fiddler on the Roof and played rugby both for the Bobcats and for a private club in France while spending a semester abroad, and then finished his studies at Northern Arizona University, graduating magna cum laude with a B.A. in liberal arts (emphasis in Physics with a secondary emphasis in Philosophy). He earned a Master of Divinity at Bangor Theological Seminary in 1999 and was ordained in the United Church of Christ later that year.
Chad served several years in the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC) and was active in the Congregational Christians Churches of Maine (CCCME) and subsequently the Mid-America Congregational Fellowship (MACF). He has won several awards as a professional, including the NACCC Marion Bradshaw Award for Commitment to Congregationalism and the Emporia Gazette “Pastor of the Year” award. Chad has served as Pastor at the Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church and has been a Center Theatre Board Member since 2011.
How did your time at FA contribute to your success later in life?
“Being very active in extra-curricular activities and a child of a former faculty member, Foxcroft Academy was truly a second home. I have many fond memories of time spent there: in the band-room, on the stage, on the athletic field, and yes, even in the classroom. My education there laid a foundation that served me well in college, career, and community. I am very pleased to be back in central Maine and honored to be serving the Dover Foxcroft Congregational Church, U.C.C. My wife (Emily Rollins Poland ’92) and I look forward to building new relationships and restoring old ones. We hope to be a part of this community for years to come and support those who, along with us, call it home.”