Rev. Margaret E. Lewis, M.Div, MBA
Rev. Margaret E. Lewis is an ordained American Baptist minister who serves as pastor of First Baptist Church in Nashua, New Hampshire in addition to being the Center’s executive director. She worked nearly 11 years for The Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board of The American Baptist Churches (MMBB) in New York City. Maggie was education director and served as an officer of MMBB in the role of corporate secretary. She also directed fundraising efforts.
She has extensive pastoral experience and served as minister of American Baptist and United Church of Christ congregations in Vermont and Connecticut. She has maintained a strong commitment to ecumenism during her ministry and has achieved particular success in administration, financial development and fundraising.
Maggie earned a master of business administration degree from Cornell University in 2005. Her other degrees include a master of divinity from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, a bachelor of arts in religion and French from Eastern University and teaching certification from Keene State College.
Ms. Sylvia Lake
Sylvia is relatively new to the CCDM staff, having joined us in November of 2016. She is a seasoned professional with more than 25 years’ experience in all aspects of office management. She has a knack for recognizing opportunities for process improvements and works hard to make our clients feel comfortable as they prepare for their programs.
Sylvia attended the University of Massachusetts with an educational focus in Finance and Banking. Later she attended Eastern Nazarene College to pursue continued education in Business Management with a focus on Finance.
Sylvia is a devout Christian and enjoys spending time with family and friends. A favorite quote of hers is, “The greatest success we’ll know is helping others succeed and grow” –Gregory Scott Reid
Ms. Jessica Harrington, MA
Jessica began working as the Office Administrator at the Center for Career Development and Ministry in early 2009 after moving to the Boston area. She is connected to the American Baptist community and the Andover Newton Theological School community through her husband, who graduated in 2011 and is an ordained ABC pastor. Jessica enjoys supporting the CCDMin in their work of ‘ministering to the ministers’.
After receiving her Masters in Intercultural Relations from Lesley, she has been working with the Center on matters related to multicultural ministers and the Centers’ inter-cultural relations. Ella se habla español si tienes algunas preguntas, y le gustaría ayudarte como pueda.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Wheeler, M.Div, D.Min.
Rev. Dr. Douglas Wheeler earned a BA in Religion from Bates College and a M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School. He was ordained for ministry by the Hartford Association (CT Conference), United Church of Christ in 1977. Doug completed his Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling, also at ANTS. He subsequently completed a post-doctoral externship at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. After serving as a parish minister for nine years, Doug worked as a pastoral psychotherapist in geriatric and pastoral counseling settings before beginning his work as a vocational counselor at the Center for Career Development and Ministry.
He served in several interim pastorates and has taught conflict mediation and training workshops. Doug is a National Board Certified Counselor, a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts. He has been on staff at the Center for Career Development and Ministry since 1991.
Dr. Ellie McConnaughy, Ph.D
Vocational Counselor & Consulting Psychologist
Dr. Ellie McConnaughy is a dynamic trainer and clinical psychologist, skilled at coaching groups and individuals. She has worked with clients dealing with anxiety and trauma in her private clinical practice for more than 20 years. Her coaching experiences include working with both individuals and groups in school, business, community, and ministerial settings. She is expert at facilitating groups for both learning and personal development. Dr. McConnaughy was a lecturer in psychology at the University of Rhode Island, and an adjunct professor at Dean College. Within Toastmasters International, she holds the rank of “Distinguished Toastmaster” and was voted “Area Governor of the Year”. With the Dale Carnegie Corporate Training program, she helped facilitate classes and won the “Highest Award for Achievement.” She has also held a leadership role as part of the Landmark Education personal transformation program.
When working with clients, Dr. McConnaughy values the importance of the spiritual part of people’s lives. She has led and participated in numerous Bible studies. She has created and taught classes to help people live closer to God and to be more open to God’s guidance and love. She has been part of a prayer ministry for many years, and has served on the governing board of her home church.
Dr. McConnaughy was a key researcher on the transtheoretical Stages of Change model, and she has published and presented research extensively. She also presents workshops on relationships and healthy living, and delivers sermons at her home church. She is currently working on a book entitled God’s Love and Self-Compassion: The Power to Reach People Where They Are.
Nicholas Munn, M.Div, LMHC
Nicholas Munn received his BA from Spring Arbor University in Psychology, Philosophy/Religion and English. He graduated from Gordon-Conwell Seminary in South Hamilton with a dual Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling degree.
Mr. Munn is an experienced counselor and has spent much of his career in intensive, community-based counseling for families of at-risk youth. He is also passionate about his faith, and has been active in his church community wherever he has gone. He has served as youth pastor, deacon, and ministry leader and has preached many times. His wife is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and currently serves as an Associate Pastor.
Mr. Munn loves to be active whether it is in the wilderness or on a sporting field, loves working with youth, and exploring the intersection of faith and therapy.
Rev. Dr. G. Jean Wright
Jean has served at CCDM for several years as a consultant and/or as full-time Career Counselor since 1996. Ordained into the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts in 1982, she is a graduate of Andover Newton Theological school with her Master of Divinity degree, ’82 and a Doctor of Ministry degree, ’88. She has served as Associate Pastor, Senior Pastor and more recently, as an Interim Pastor. She has served in both American Baptist and United Church of Christ congregations. Jean has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Baptist Charitable Society since 1995. Jean is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice for several years, a divorce mediator, and a workshop and retreat leader. In more recent years, following completion of training as a Spiritual Director at Shalom Institute, she has had a ministry of Spiritual Direction. Jean currently resides in Fairfax, VA, commuting to CCDM as needed. She co-authored the book, “How to Get Referrals: The Mental Health Professional’s Guide to Strategic Marketing.” A single parent of adult children and grandparent of two, Jean enjoys hiking, kayaking, movies, reading, travel and theater.
Rev. Dr. Jean Marchant, M.Div, D.Min
Rev. Dr. Jean Marchant received her BA in Human Services and Adult Training and Development from the University of Massachusetts, and her Masters of Divinity Degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. She also holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Ordained with the Roman Catholic Womenpriest Movement, Jean is Co-Pastor of The Spirit of Life: A Catholic Community of Justice and Joy and has ministered in the Boston area for the past 30 years as a Hospice Chaplain, Spiritual Director, and licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Through her ministry she has accompanied people through a myriad of life transitions, with a special focus on persons coping with issues of spiritual and emotional well-being, those living with life threatening illnesses, and children and adults grieving the death of a loved one. Jean is the co-founder of The Children’s Room: A Center for Grieving Children and Teenagers, Inc. New to the Center, Jean brings her experience of mentoring Chaplains in healthcare ministry, and directing the formation of candidates for ordination in the Roman Catholic Womenpriest movement. She is married and the mother of two adult daughters and grandmother of five.
Rev. Margaret Marcuson, M.Div
Rev. Margaret Marcuson helps clergy and churches find their vision and fund their future. She speaks and writes on leadership and works with church leaders nationally as a consultant and coach. Margaret is the author of Leaders who Last: Sustaining Yourself and Your Ministry and Money and Your Ministry: Balance the Books While Keeping Your Balance. An American Baptist minister, Margaret was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Gardner, Massachusetts, for 13 years. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
Rev. Dr. Meg Hess, M.Div, D.Min
The Reverend Dr. Margaret (Meg) B. Hess received her BA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. She also graduated from Andover Newton Theological School, where she received a Master of Divinity degree in 1981 and Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling in 1994. She is ordained by the American Baptist Churches, USA, and has served pastorates for over twenty-five years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Adjunct faculty in preaching at Andover Newton Theological School since 1983, Dr. Hess is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and a NH Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist with The Emmaus Institute in Nashua, NH. Meg serves on the faculty of the Leadership in Ministry Boston Workshops and facilitates Labyrinth retreats and workshops. Meg is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and their daughter.
Dr. Hugo Kamya, M.Div, Ph.D
Rev. Dr. Ken Reeves, Ph.D