Our Board of Directors
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. Rich and his wife, Lauren have recently moved from their home in Central Maine to Wesley by the Sea in Wells, Maine. He and Lauren have been married for 42 years as of June of 2023. They have four adult sons, all of whom have spent time at Camp Aldersgate and/or Camp Mechuwana. In his spare time 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). Rich joined the Rolling Ridge board in 2019 and is currently serving as the interim chairperson. In his remaining time on the Rolling Ridge board Rich is looking forward to partnering with the rest of the board, the staff, and executive director, Larry Jay, in enabling the Ridge to become the premier retreat facility that it is capable of becoming.
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 is an author, speaker and leadership coach who has presented a TEDx talk and has written two books on the dark night experience (Wrestling the Angel and Stations in the Night). He holds a Master’s degree in Theological Research from Andover Newton and advanced degrees in Psychology and Counselling from Penn State University. He and his wife Sarah founded and operate a charity, Operation ELF, for the past 22 years, where he still serves as the event manager and as a member of the Board of Directors. Kris has been a program presenter at Rolling Ridge and is a member of the Ridge’s Board of Directors, co-chair of the Program Subcommittee and the Faculty Liaison for the outside presenters of the Ridge’s Day Apart series.
Rev Dr Lawrence Jay
As the Executive Director of Rolling Ridge, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jay 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. A trained spiritual director and ordained American Baptist pastor, Larry (as he is known by friends) is a graduate of UCLA, Golden Gate Seminary, Franciscan School of Theology, American Baptist Seminary of the West, and the Gateways to God Missional Spiritual Direction Program. He is also Adjunct Faculty at Merrimack College in the Masters of Spirituality and Spiritual Direction programs. 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.
Rev. Jamie Michaels lives with her family in Reading, MA where she has served Old South United Methodist Church since 2016. She grew up in Unitarian Universalist camping programs in North Carolina, and has a passion for helping people connect to the divine in themselves and in community. She enjoys singing, cooking, art, sci-fi and fantasy, and the outdoors.
Mary grew up in the Chicago, IL area. She became a United Methodist in 1980 when she moved to New England from North Carolina. She lives in Hampton, NH with her 3 ferrets.
Mary was a member of the Rolling Ridge Site Committee from the mid-1980s through the 90s. She is currently active in the New England Conference serving on the Conference Council of Finance and Administration and the Board of Trustees’ Insurance Committee.
She enjoys being active in her local UMC church, singing in a community chorus, taking drives and hikes along the ocean, traveling, and finding new adventures in retirement.
Jacquelyn Trotter Dove
Rev. Jackie Trotter Dove, DMin, is a retired United Methodist clergy and founder of Paraclete Place, a nonprofit that provides spiritual companionship, short-term residency, and medical advocacy to cancer survivors and their families. Jackie currently resides on beautiful Lake Gaston in North Carolina and is director of the Rolling Ridge advanced spiritual direction training, “Deep Listening in the Neighborhood”. She is also a member of the Rolling Ridge Board of Directors.
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