Many Waters District Leadership

2022 Many Waters District Leadership

District Lay Leaders

Para 660     Criteria:  Professing member of a Local Church, provide training of local church lay leaders, responsible for fostering awareness of the role of the laity both within the congregation and through their ministries in the home, workplace, community and world.  Shall be elected to AC for not less than 4 years.

  • District Lay Leader: Carol Crothers, Pleasant St UMC Waterville (2019)                                           
  • Associate District Lay Leader: Joel Irish             

District Leadership Team: Meets 3x, one in longer retreat & planning format, one calendar/coordination; one leadership development/nominations Convener: ______________


District Lay Servant Ministries Committee 

Para: 668   Criteria: Able to plan, supervise programs in the district, including Lay Servant Ministry and Certified Lay Ministry.   Members include DLL, DS, and Instructor of LS courses. 

  • Anne Carter (Director para. 668),
  • Sue Tesar, LSM & CLM Registrar
  • Anna Jean Alexander (CLM), Bolster’s Mills UMC, Harrison
  • Claire Piddock, Readfield UMC, CLM 
  • Robert Olson, Brunswick UMC
  • Peter Rumery, Cornerstone UMC
  • Rev. Stephen Bascom, (Clergy)
  • Pastor Laura Church (Clergy)

Ex Officio:  Rev. Arlene Tully, District Superintendent 

Committee on the District Superintendency

Para 669­­­­­­­­­­     Criteria: Membership should be - 11 members, including DLL, 2 persons appt. by DS, 2 laywomen, 2 laymen, 2 clergy, 2 alternatives. All laypersons shall be professing members active in a local church.   At least three of the eleven shall be clergy and seven shall be laypersons. PURPOSE: shall be to support the DS in the oversight of the spiritual and temporal affairs of the church with special reference to the district where the DS has responsibilities.

Designate subgroup as Parsonage Committee


  • Rev. Kathleen Decker Szakas, Cape Elizabeth, Chairperson                                                               
  • Rev. Elizabeth Bachelder Smith, Lisbon Falls                                                                                                            


  • Carol Crothers, MW LL                                                                          
  • Beverly Staples, West Kennebunk
  • Karen Mitchell, DS appoint 2018
  • David Robbin, Green Street UMC, DS appoint 2022
  • Sheed St. Paul, Epiphany UMC
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD
  • TBD              

Ex Officio:  Rev. Arlene Tully, District Superintendent 

District Congregational Development team work closely with location and building

Teams of 6-8 clergy and laity with very focused task to identify 2-3 churches each year that could come alive, move forward off plateau, with support. Reach out to churches. Become group that runs Possibilities Studies. Begin to identify churches at Legacy stage –partner with District Finance Team. Begin to identify areas for training, Resource Days. Work with District Building and Location Committee on potential new ministry starts

  • Rev. Sungmin Jeon
  • Pastor Bo Landsperg
  • Pastor Jen Reed

Ex Officio:  Rev. Arlene Tully, District Superintendent 

District Ministry Team:   

Plans and Implements events:  evangelical, worship, educational, fellowship so that churches and their leaders are inspired and equipped to seek and serve Christ with excellence.

  •                 TBD

District Finance Team:     Mission Share Relief monitoring,  1-2 Equitable Compensation monitor            

  • Chair
  • TBD

  • TBD

  • TBD


District Board of Church Location and Building

Para: 2518 & 2519  Criteria: 6 Minimum /9 Maximum:  1/3 Clergy; 1/3 Laymen; 1/3 Laywomen

Clergy :

  • Rev. Shannon Keeney (Chair)
  • Rev. Ed Bove
  • Pastor Ned Crockett

Lay Men:

  • Marc Chaput
  • Larry Perkins
  • Les Priest
  • Brian Church
  • Steve Hill

Lay Women:       

  • Carol Johnson                                                        

Ex Officio:  Rev. Arlene Tully, District Superintendent 

 District Committee on Ordained Ministry

  • Para 666   At least 3 professing members of local churches, a representative from Board of Ordained Ministry; District Superintendent, at least 6 other clergy – elders & deacons, a deacon or elder age 35 or younger, an associate member, and one local pastor who has completed Course of Study. 


  • Rev. Angela Rotherham (Chair, BOM)
  • Rev. Shannon Lovejoy
  • Rev. Wes Palmer
  • Rev. Stephen Bascom

Deacon or Local Pastor:

  • Pastor Lynn Briggs. LLP


  • Sue Spaulding (Registrar)
  • Don Banton
  • Winona Prince

Ex Officio: Rev. Arlene Tully, DS                         

UMC Related Ministries within Many Waters:

  • United Methodist Economic Ministry Board:  Rev. Eleanor Collinsworth (President)
  • Kents Hill School Chaplain:  Rev. Shannon Keeney
  • Empire Grove:  Rev. Stan Tanner
  • Maine Wesleyan Board: Alane O’Connor, Pamela Gleason Bird, Mary Jernigan, Nancy Russell,  
  • Camp Mechuwana Site Committee: Amy Story