Our Board of Directors

Judith Birtles

Judy and her husband, Bill, live in Andover. She is a retired teacher, having taught for 38 years - 4 of them in Medford and the rest in North Andover. As a member of FUMC North Andover, she has served on and been chairman of several committees. Presently she Chair of the Church Council, works in the education area and is on the Social Justice Committee. In retirement, she continues to enjoy her church connections and her church family. She also volunteers at the Andover Thrift Shop and is now serving on their Board. Judy belongs to a book club whose members are former colleagues at the North Andover Middle School. Judy enjoys reading- most all genres - along with crossword puzzling and the occasional jigsaw puzzle.

Rev Jin Yong Choi

Jinyong lives in Andover, MA with his wife Seunghea and children Amanda and Greg.  He currently serves as the pastor of North Boston Korean United Methodist Church.
 

Rev Richard Cullen

Rich is originally from Rhode Island and has lived in New England for almost all of his life including serving churches in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire.  Although he is serving the Main Street UMC in Nashua, NH, his wife, Lauren, and he also live in Litchfield, ME (just 20 minutes from Camp Mechuwana).  Lauren and he have been married for 38 years in June of 2019. They have four adult sons, all of whom have spent time at Camp Aldersgate and/or Camp Mechuwana.  They have one dog, Parker, who just celebrated his 16th birthday.   In his spare time (when not taking care of the obligatory house, yard, and snow clearing work) he enjoys outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.   In the late 1980’s and early 90’s Rich served for eight years on the former Board of Camps and Conferences for the Southern New England Conference and the New England Conference after the merger in 1993.  He served as both vice-chair (1988-1992) and chair (1992-1993).  Although he has had a long hiatus from the Conference’s camping and retreat ministry he feels as though he never left and is looking forward to being able to contribute towards strengthening Rolling Ridge’s already strong programs.
 

Rev Rachel Fisher

Rachel and her husband Sam reside in North Reading, MA with their four school-aged children.  She has been pastor at Aldersgate since 2002, and is active in New England Annual Conference groups:  the Board of Ordained Ministry, CMA District Committee on Superintendency, and the Church Planter Interview Team.  Other activities Rachel enjoys include exercise, singing with a community chorus, cooking, and the busyness of family life.
 

Kris Girrell

Kris Girrell (MATR, Andover Newton Theological School, 2015; MEd, PSU, 1973) is a psychologically based executive leadership coach, speaker and author: Wrestling the Angel: The role of the dark night of the soul in spiritual transformation (2016) and Leadership Gold: Discovering the value of failure (2018) as well as numerous journal publica-tions. Kris was the featured keynote speaker at the 2017 InHouse Agency Forum (IHAF) Conference, the 2018 Training Industry Conference & Exposition and his TEDx talk on Emotional Intelligence has been viewed by over 250,000. He is an adjunct lecturer at Cambridge College, an Associate of the Society of Industrial/ Organizational Psychologists, and a member of the National Speaker’s Association.
 

Rev Dr Lawrence Jay

As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Lawrence works in partnership with the staff to ensure that the guest experience at the Ridge is top quality.  He also partners with retreat leaders to provide excellent programming at the Ridge, and is available to speak about the ongoing ministry and historic mission of Rolling Ridge as a place of rest, retreat, and transformation.  An ordained American Baptist pastor, he is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, and American Baptist Seminary of the West.  Eco-spirituality is his passion (and was his doctoral dissertation), encouraging everyone to live into the fullness of our connection with nature, God, and all people.  

Jamie Michaels

Erica Robinson-Johnson

Rev. Erica Robinson-Johnson
Director of Connectional Ministries
The New England Conference of the United Methodist Church

 

Holly Vietzke-Lynch

Holly lives in North Andover with her husband Rob and children TJ and Lauren and their two dogs.  She is Chair of the School Committee in North Andover, and Commissioner and Softball Coach of NA girls softball. Holly also serves on the board of directors for Fidelity House CRC and the Merrimack Valley Estate Planning Council. She enjoys running, playing golf, and doing jigsaw puzzles.