Ms. Brenda Borchers Hired as Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

November 30, 2011

LAWRENCE, Mass. (November 30, 2011) - Bishop Peter D. Weaver of the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church announced the hiring of Ms. Brenda Borchers to the position of Administrative Assistant in the Episcopal office, effective December 12, 2011. Ms. Borchers will succeed Ms. Dorothy (Dot) Hollenbeck, who has held this position for 16 years and served with three Bishops during her tenure. She will retire on December 31, 2011.

“Dot has given many years of faithful service in this ministry, and has done so with grace, patience, and fortitude," said Bishop Weaver. “After serving with the various quirks and demands of three different Bishops, she has definitely earned her retirement! She has greatly blessed this office as well as the entire New England Conference, and she will be missed.”

Ms. Borchers comes to the New England Conference with more than 20 years’ experience in administrative services. For nearly ten years she has held the position of Administrative Assistant to the principal and staff of the Moharimet School in the Oyster River School District of Durham, NH. Previously, she held positions as office manager and bookkeeper for a variety of organizations, and also served as Secretary to the pastor at Lee Church, Congregational, in Lee, NH for two years. She is a very active member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Dover, NH, involved in community outreach, and currently serves as the congregation’s Youth Director.

“Ms. Borchers’ strong combination of administrative skills and experience, her sense of this position as a ministry, and her involvement in and knowledge of United Methodism make her ideal for this position,” Bishop Weaver stated. “In addition, she is a deeply committed disciple of Christ and active in the church. We are pleased to have her join the team as the Administrative Assistant in the Episcopal office, and we look forward to the contributions and spirit she will bring to this position.”

Ms. Borchers resides in Madbury, NH. She has two children, three stepchildren, and five grandchildren. She is a trained Stephen Minister, and in her spare time she is an avid hiker and enjoys kayaking. She will begin her new position in the Episcopal office on December 12, 2011.