After that, his doctorate in philosophy and theology came from International Seminar in Plymouth, Florida.
“We sold our home to pay for my education,” Beddie said. “I got my first church when I was 45, and I was still working at my other job.”
His first attempt to retire came in 2005 when he left People’s United Methodist Church in South Portland, Maine. But about a year later, he got the call again and took over as pastor at West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, retiring for the second time about a year later.
“During that retirement I said, ‘no, is a good biblical word and I’m going to start using it,’ because I always said yes to everyone,” Beddie said. “Then after a few years someone told me that saying no is not glorifying God, for I’d gotten used to saying ‘no’ too often.”
So in 2010, when a call came to fill in at Seabrook’s Trinity United Church while the congregation was between pastors, Beddie said “Yes.”