The Board of Directors of the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England is pleased to announce that Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar, acting at its request, plans to appoint The Reverend Dr. Wesley Palmer as the new Executive Director of the Society effective March 1, 2015. Dr. Palmer is currently serving as Pastor of the Milford United Methodist Church in Milford, New Hampshire, following a long tenure at the Londonderry United Methodist Church.
Wesley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University, a Master of Divinity degree from Drew University School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Bangor Theological School. His career in ministry began in 1982 in New Jersey and has continued in Maine and New Hampshire for over 30 years. He comes from deep United Methodist roots and his father was a pastor, Conference Council of Ministry Director and Ecumenical Executive for many years in Maine.
Dr. Palmer has had a long commitment to the ministry and mission of the Preachers’ Aid Society of New England. He has participated in many of its programs and, while a pastor in the Londonderry United Methodist Church, was the first participating pastor/church in the Society’s Because They Serve capital fund drive for its retiree housing initiative.
Wesley has a strong vision for the future of our connectional ministry. He writes, “I believe that the Preachers’ Aid Society will play an even more vital role in the future of United Methodism in New England…the efforts that the staff and Board have made to increase the scope of the Society’s work can continue to be built upon. The Society has moved from mostly supporting pastors in retirement to ensuring that pastors can know the Society’s support during their active ministry at many levels. As the nature of our churches and those serving them continues to shift, the Preachers’ Aid Society can be ready to meet still unidentified needs…”
As a local church pastor, Wesley has been deeply involved in his community. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Souhegan Boys and Girls Club where he helped to plan a multi-million dollar capital fund drive; the Board of Directors of a large senior housing complex in Derry, New Hampshire; Board member and President of the Board of Directors of Memorial Hospital in North Conway, New Hampshire and many other civic organizations.
Dr. Palmer and his wife Lucy just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary this fall. The Palmers who will be relocating close to the PAS office in Wells, Maine, have two adult sons, Adam and Tim, both of Melrose, Massachusetts. Their family is rounded out by Daisy, the faithful family dog of more than a decade. Wesley is an avid collector of “Peanuts” memorabilia.
The current Executive Director Rev Dr. Thomas W Gallen will assume emeritus status until his well deserved retirement on June 30 th 2015. During this period he will assist Wesley in achieving a smooth transition.
The Board thanks Thom most sincerely for his 14 years of outstanding service to the Society.
The Preachers’ Aid Society of New England is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit religious corporation with its headquarters located in Wells, Maine. The Society is a venerable service organization founded and in continuous service since 1832. The Society offers programs to enrich the lives of over 1000 active and retired United Methodist clergy and their families in New England, principally in the areas of case management, health care, education, retirement housing and emergency assistance. For more information please visit the Society’s website at www.preachersaid.org.