Mission u study leaders

2017 Mission u

July 21-23, 2017

Mimi Magee – Spiritual Growth Study

Mimi Magee is a Local Pastor seeking Elder's Orders in the New England Conference. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Boston University, School of Theology in 2013 where she served as Co-President of Sacred Worth. Mimi was a two-time Gorgia Harkness Scholar in 2010 and 2011. In 2010, the nationally selected scholar cohort attended a cross-cultural immersion program among women leaders of the Oklahoma Indian Missionary where she learned of the Indian-Christian experience, particularly that of Indian women leaders. She served Crossroads United Methodist church in Sanford, Maine for ten years guiding them to be a community hub of senior food distribution and support for grandparents raising grandchildren, serving close to 1000 people monthly. Today, she serves the Cornerstone United Methodist church in Saco, Maine. Cornerstone is an emerging community readying to be the church of the 21st century, reliant on grace, rooted in love, and blessed in service to others. Beyond the local church Mimi serves on the Parent/Teacher Advisory Council at Biddeford Middle School and coaches girls youth lacrosse also in Biddeford. What excites Mimi most in service to other's is bringing diverse groups of people together to share in the joys and challenges we experience as people, families, and communities, building relationships and creating informal helping networks to meet acute needs and/or systemic problems groups of people face.

Mimi has two teen aged children, Sam and Elizabeth who love life and learning. Together they explore God's great creation, spending time at the beach or backpacking in the Maine mountains. They travel widely, in 2015 they had the privilege of traveling the Freedom Rider's Trail. Then going on to New Orleans to hear jazz music and San Antonio, TX to experience a culture very different from their own. Lastly, Mimi and family have a Canine Companion, Hector who was raised by an incarcerated woman to companion with persons returning from war. When Hector's placement did not work out, Mimi adopted him and together they now support veterans and their dog-companions in handling and obedience.

Mimi is new to both United Methodist Women and Mission U. She attended Mission U in 2016 and was hooked. She is excited for this opportunity to lead the Spiritual Growth, Living as a Covenant Community session and is looking forward to seeing what the Great Spirit has in store of us.

Roberta (Bobbi) Bragan – Geographic Study  

Roberta (Bobbi) Bragan is a Deaconess and is currently the President of the New England Conference United Methodist Women. She has previously served as President, Vice President, and E & I for the Hazardville organization, as Treasurer and Secretary of Program Resources for the CT/WMA District, and as Treasurer and Vice President for the New England Conference UMW. She served on the Bishop’s Visioning Table, Conference Finance and Administration, Conference Church & Society, CTWMA District Mission Share Relief Committee, CTWMA District Ministry Team and is a Certified Lay Speaker. She is a member of the New England Conference General Conference and Jurisdiction Conference delegation. Bobbi previously was a study leader for Mission u for the “For the Love of God” and “The Roma of Europe” studies. She participated in the United Methodist Women Ubuntu to the Philippines.

Bobbi grew up in the Methodist church. She served on the Ohio East Conference Youth Council and as an advisor for youth groups and youth camping. She is a graduate of Bethany College in West Virginia with a degree in mathematics major and secondary emphases in religion, history and chemistry. She is retired from Travelers Insurance where she was an actuary. She has served as a reading mentor in the Hartford Public and as the New England regional officer for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity.

Bobbi enjoys photography and travel. As a Deaconess, she works with ministries and missional organizations to promote their work through photography. She has traveled to all seven continents and 73 different countries. She is married to Rick Bragan.

Rev. Elizabeth J. Bachelder Smith – Issue Study: Climate Justice (Saturday only)

Rev. Elizabeth J. Bachelder Smith is an ordained clergywoman in the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church and has served local churches in Maine and Massachusetts since 1984 with a great concern for social justice, pastoral care, and the elderly, in particular. She currently serves as the president of the New England United Methodist Historical Society.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a B.A. in 1981, from Boston University School of Theology with a Master of Divinity in 1984, and from USM with a Master of Arts in American and New England Studies in 2001.

Her interests include reading, scrap-booking, camping, and 19th century women’s history. She is married to Verne Smith and has two sons, Matthew and Aaron. She lives in Maine and is serving at the Lisbon UMC.


Rev. Michael Terrell – Youth Study

Rev. Michael Terrell serves as pastor of the Canton United Methodist Church in Canton, NY, in the Northern Flow District of the Upper New York Conference. This is Michael's fourth year as Youth Study Leader for Mission .U. Michael has led the Youth Study for the Mission U held at Cazenovia College every July. Michael serves as a mentor to other pastors and serves on the UNY Board of Ordained Ministry. Michael is very involved with community theatre and is lead vocalist and keyboard player for a rock and roll band! Michael is a husband to his wife Jennifer and father to Willow, age 8 and Noah who just turned 6. Michael is looking forward to partnering in ministry with the Mission U program of the New England Conference.


Tammy Verity – Children's Study

Tammy Verity is married to Rev. Bill Verity.  They have two adult daughters, Danielle and Amber and Bill's son, Jared and three grandchildren. In her free time, when she is not working or taking care of others, she enjoys scrap-booking, making cards, reading and spending time with family.  She is a member of the Camillus Immanuel UMC, and sings in the choir.  Tammy has been on mission trips to New Orleans and Washington, D.C.  She is also on the nominating committee of the North East Jurisdiction of UMW.   She is also on the team for Kairos Outside Prison Ministry for Fingerlakes district (NY).  She enjoys working with children.  She worked with her church junior high school youth groups, when her girls were younger, for eight years.  She has taught the children's program for Mission u for the last 16 years at Cazenovia (NY) College and four years in New Hampshire. She lives in Fayetteville, New York.