Board of Directors

Board Biographies

Robert Bachelder

Rev. Robert Bachelder is Minister and President of the Worcester Area Mission Society. He is founding president of several housing organizations in the Worcester, MA area, including Habitat for Humanity, and has led community collaborations to address issues of poverty and homelessness. A graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Divinity School, and a descendant of Puritan clergy, Bachelder has written for national publications on a wide range of subjects including corporate ethics, economic and social policy, religion and psychiatry, English novelists, and orbital space sustainability.

Mary Biedron

Rev. Dr. Mary Biedron is Senior Minister of North Congregational Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan. She is a fellow of the Congregational Foundation for Theological Studies of the NACCC and continues to serve on the NACCC Christian Education Commission and as a consultant for the Center for Congregational Leadership. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she received her M.Div. and D. Min. from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. Biedron is active in the Farmington area Interfaith Association, serving as director of the CROP walk, and as a member of the Interfaith Leadership Council of Metro Detroit.

Francis Bremer

Dr. Francis J. Bremer is Professor Emeritus of History at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He received the B.A. from Fordham College and Ph.D. from Columbia University, while also studying at Union Theological Seminary. Bremer has been a visiting scholar at New York University, Oxford University, the University of Cambridge, and Trinity College Dublin. Dr. Bremer is a premier expert on Puritanism in the Atlantic world and a prolific author. His book, John Winthrop: America's Forgotten Founding Father (2003) was submitted for a Pulitzer Prize, and won the John C. Pollock Award for Christian biography. First Founders: American Puritans and Puritanism in the Atlantic World was a selection of the History Book Club, and his biography of John Davenport, Building a New Jerusalem: John Davenport, a Puritan in Three Worlds was shortlisted for the New England Society in the City of New York award for nonfiction in 2013 and the nonfiction award for the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association.

Karen S. Byrne

Rev. Karen S. Byrne is a retired UCC pastor who has served in Maine and Washington, D.C., and also a practicing lawyer, as a partner in Haberstein and Byrne until 2013 and now as counsel to Misra Law PLLC. She received the M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and J.D. from the University of Virginia. Byrne is an active member of the UCC, as a spiritual director, transitional ministry specialist, and in interfaith conversations.

Davis Dyer

Dr. Davis Dyer is Founding director of the Winthrop Group, a company providing historical writing and research for corporations, families, and individuals, and a Senior Partner and Director of Research at Rosc Global LLC. He received both the A.B. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, and is the author of many books and articles, as well as case studies and an award-winning film script. Dr. Dyer is a member of the First Congregational Church (UCC) in Cambridge, MA.

Richard Elliott

A native of Concord Massachusetts, Rich Elliott is the Facilities Manager for the historic Park Street Church on Boston Common, where he and his family are members. He earned a B.S. with a concentration in Still Photography from Ithaca College in New York and a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University. A licensed construction supervisor, Rich has over twenty years of building experience, including historic preservation and exhibit design. He is an accomplished musician and photographer.

Mark Gabrielson

Mark Gabrielson's enthusiasm for maritime history has moved from an active interest to a profession. This Princeton graduate and senior corporate executive continued his education at the US Naval War College then Harvard University where he earned a Masters in Liberal Arts in 2012. Author of Deer Isle's Undefeated America's Cup Crews: Humble Heroes from a Down East Island, Mark lectures and writes about maritime history in the United States and Europe. Mark brings extensive board experience to the Association. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Historical Society, serves on the Board of the Bostonian Society, and is a member of Old South Church in Boston.

Stephen C. Gray

Rev. Stephen Gray is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He spent twelve years as Conference Minister of the Indiana-Kentucky Conference, UCC. Rev. Gray served on the conference staffs of the Massachusetts Conference and Penn Northeast Conference, UCC. As a specialist in stewardship and financial development, he has served as a consultant in churches around the country. Rev. Gray is a graduate of Middlebury College, VT and received his M.Div. from Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC. He and his wife Lennie worship at First Parish Church, Brunswick, ME.

Charles Hambrick-Stowe

As a pastor and theologian, Rev. Dr. Charles Hambrick-Stowe serves as Senior Minister of the First Congregational Church in Ridgefield, CT. Prior to that he was Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of the Seminary, and Professor of Christian History at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL. Charles received his M.A. and M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion and his Ph.D. from Boston University. He has written or edited seven books and numerous articles about American religion, including studies of Puritan spirituality, the Great Awakening, and nineteenth-century evangelist and social reformer Charles G. Finney.

James A. Hopkins

A lifelong member of Riverpoint Congregational Church in West Warwick, RI, Jim Hopkins has thirty-five years of experience in manufacturing operations management with a focus on organizational performance. This included more than ten years serving as a Vice President and Managing Director of European operations for the Wardwell Braiding Machine Company in Berlin, Germany. Jim is an experienced board member and trustee, serving on the board of the University of Rhode Island Foundation, the Anthony Lyceum Library Association, Coventry, RI, the board of the Centreville Bank, and Care New England, an organization of four hospitals and a VNA. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the Congregational Foundation.

S. C. Campbell Lovett

Rev. Campbell Lovett, a third-generation pastor, is the Conference Minister of the Michigan Conference, UCC. He has served in a variety of roles as an interim minister, pastor, co-pastor, and senior minister at churches in New England and North Carolina. Campbell has also been on non-profit boards involved in feeding the hungry and community organizing. With a B.A. from Penn State University, Rev. Lovett earned his M.Div. from Yale University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary. He and his spouse, Eileen, now reside in Haslett, MI.

Linda Smith Rhoads

Linda Smith Rhoads is Editor Emerita of The New England Quarterly: A Historical Review of New England Life and Letters, where she served from 1981 to 2015. As Manager of the Education Initiative of the Massachusetts Historical Society she planned and launched its first program for K-12 teachers; in 2004 she wrote and was awarded a major NEH grant to construct “The Coming of the American Revolution: A Web-based Timeline/Documentary History.” Rhoads is town appointee of the Cultural Council of the Northern Berkshires and a member of the First Congregational Church in North Adams, Massachusetts.

Stephen R. Silver

Rev. Stephen Silver is the minister of the First Congregational Church of Lebanon, NH. He previously served as Affiliated Minister at Trinitarian Congregational Church in Concord, MA, and Chief Development and Stewardship Officer for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. Steve enjoyed two decades in educational advancement at leading institutions including Harvard Law School and Tufts University. He holds an A.B. in Politics from Brandeis University, an M.B.A. in Marketing and International Management from Cornell University, and both a Master of Liberal Arts in Religion and a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School. He lives in Lebanon with his family.

Julie Johnson Staples

Rev. Julie Johnson Staples, J.D., is the senior minister serving as Executive Director of Intersections International, a global social justice ministry of The Collegiate Church of New York. Previously, she served as Interim Senior Pastor at the Flatbush-Tompkins Congregational Church and interim Minister of Education at The Riverside Church in the City of New York. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). Johnson Staples has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, the M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, and a Th.M. from Harvard University. She holds ecclesiastical standing in the NACCC, the American Baptist Churches of Metropolitan New York and dual standing in the Reformed Association of the United Church of Christ.

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall

Gregor Trinkaus-Randall is Preservation Specialist at the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. He is a leading authority on archival preservation and disaster planning and the author of numerous books and articles, including Protecting Your Collections: A Manual of Archival Security, published by the Society of American Archivists in 1995. Trinkaus-Randall served as president of the New England Archivists (1995-1996) and the Society of American Archivists (2011-2012) and was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists in 2006. In 2004-2005 he represented the SAA in coordinating responses to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. Trinkaus-Randall received the New England Archivists' Distinguished Service Award in 2013. He also serves on Board of Trustees of LYRASIS, and the Board of the Digital Commonwealth.