Outreach Specialist, Starlight Ministries
Arvelle Adamson enjoys listening to and walking alongside individuals affected by homelessness. “We become friends,” he says. With his gentle, compassionate humor and ready smile, Arvelle shares Jesus’ love wherever he goes. Since 2011, he has worked with EGC’s Starlight Ministries and faithful volunteers to lead street outreach in Boston and Cambridge; oversee Starlight’s very busy, weekly drop-in center; and teach a weekly Bible study with people from the homeless community. Along with his teammates, Arvelle is available to train church groups wanting to learn how to do what he does well: build life-changing relationships with people affected by homelessness.
Co-Director, Greater Boston Refugee Ministry
Sarah has spent much of her adult life as a tumbleweed, living in Michigan, Texas, Germany, Wisconsin, Illinois, and now Massachusetts. In some settings she was the outsider; in others she was welcomed in close community. Sarah’s experiences fueled a love for people far from home and family. Since 2008 Sarah has worked with immigrants and refugees, first in adult basic education and more recently with Greater Boston Refugee Ministry. Watching her refugee friends flourish brings her great joy. Sarah lives north of Boston with her husband, Josh, and their two children.
Gregg Detwiler, Rev, DMin, MA
Director, Intercultural Ministries
Prior to joining EGC in 2001, Gregg Detwiler served as a church-planting pastor of a multicultural church in Boston, and as missions pastor of a suburban congregation. Today Gregg works with leaders from many cultures, offering research, training, consulting, networking and collaborative outreach. He recently helped launch the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry, engaging churches and refugees in mutually transformative relationships. Originally from Kansas, Gregg graduated from Evangel University and the Assemblies of God Seminary in Missouri. In 2001, he earned a D.Min. in Urban Ministry from Gordon-Conwell. Gregg and his wife, Rita, live in Greater Boston and have three children.
Bonnie Gatchell, Rev, ThM
Director, Route One Ministry
Rev. Bonnie Gatchell is the Founder & Director of Route One Ministry, a program that reaches exploited women by entering strip clubs. Bonnie came to Boston in 2006 to pursue a M.Div. and a Th.M. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 2009 Bonnie won the distinguished Donald Wells Award for justice in preaching. In 2010 Bonnie was awakened to the horrors of trafficking both globally and domestically, and founded Route One Ministry- the first outreach of its kind in New England. Bonnie seeks to equip Christian leaders with the resources needed to address trafficking in their community, both intimate team trainings as well as large group lectures including; Princeton Theological Seminary, the Boston Rescue Mission, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and recently TEDx Wellesley 2016.
Administration Manager, Applied Research & Consulting
Michelle joined EGC’s Applied Research & Consulting team in 2015 and is thankful to be honing her administrative skills in such a dynamic organization. Michelle enjoys time spent in her home, drinking tea (actually lots of tea), hosting guests, playing board games, and watching movies. She also loves living in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood where a short walk brings her into contact with extraordinary people, food and green spaces. She and her husband, Jim, who serves as an EGC Board member, have three daughters.
Cynthia Hymes Bell, Rev, MPH, MDiv
Director, Starlight Ministries
Cynthia is leading Starlight Ministries in its mission to build the capacity of Boston’s churches and leaders to create life-changing relationships with people affected by homelessness. She has a degree in mental health from Tufts University, a Master of Public Health from Yale, and a Master of Divinity from Harvard. From 2002 to 2008, Cynthia traveled to South Sudan with “My Sister’s Keeper,” where she participated in the redemption of more than 1,200 slaves. She is a licensed and ordained minister and serves on the ministry team of Morning Star Baptist Church in the Mattapan neighborhood of Boston.
“EGC is my family,” Sandy says. “They have always had a place for me.” Sandy’s relationship with EGC started in the 1970s when she attended an EGC children’s program. In the 1990s, when seizures left her unable to continue a banking job, she started volunteering at EGC, and for the past 25 years has been a loving presence as she helps out in the office, doing what needs to be done. Her most important contribution, however, is her joyful testimony of God’s goodness in the face of suffering, inspiring us all to keep our eyes on Jesus.
Ralph Kee, Rev
Animator, Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative
Social justice issues drew Ralph Kee to Boston in 1971, when he helped plant a church emerging out of the Emmanuel Gospel Center. Starting churches became his clear calling as he has since been involved in launching or revitalizing many churches in and around Boston. In 2000, Ralph started the Greater Boston Church Planting Collaborative as a peer mentoring fellowship to encourage and equip church planters. He organizes gatherings and spends considerable time mentoring church planters, mostly one-on-one, usually over coffee. Ralph is married to Judy who shares Ralph’s intense love of fun and recreation. The Kees live in Boston.
Intercultural Minister at Large Christian-Muslim Relations
Relations between Christians and Muslims present the Church with one of her biggest opportunities and greatest challenges. Misunderstandings on both sides of this divide are fueled by fear of terrorism and false narratives so that Christians have backed off from Jesus’ command to love and make disciples of all peoples. Here is where Dave Kimball quietly steps in. In addition to building friendships with his Muslim neighbors, Dave works to equip churches to better understand and engage with Muslims in their communities. He and his wife, Janet, lived in the Middle East for a number of years. They now live north of Boston and have two children.
Co-Director, Greater Boston Refugee Ministry
Torli Krua came to the US as a refugee after the 1989 civil war in Liberia that forced a million people to flee their homeland. Choosing to leave a successful career in business, Torli serves today as an activist and missionary to refugee communities in Boston and beyond through Universal Human Rights International, an organization he founded to promote peace and democracy in Africa and refugee rights in the US. At EGC, he co-directs the Greater Boston Refugee Ministry. Rev. Krua is the pastor of Ziah Mission Church in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. Torli and his wife, Saawile, have one son.
Megan Lietz, MDiv, STM
Director, Race & Christian Community Initiative
Raised in a rural, White community, Megan never imagined living in the city or working toward racial reconciliation. But God has led her to immerse herself in diverse, urban contexts and she has come to call these communities her own. Megan's studies and experiences have helped her develop a rich theology of race relations, with a desire to live it out. She holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell's Center for Urban Ministerial Education, and a Masters in Sacred Theology from Boston University, where she studied power dynamics in multiracial congregations. Megan served on staff at a Black church for five years and has spent most of her time in the city living in the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester. As a White evangelical, her love for both this community and people of color compels her to lead White evangelicals in the ongoing self-work critical to biblical reconciliation. When not at work, Megan serves at Abundant Life Church in Cambridge and enjoys cooking, reading, outdoor exercise, and spending time with her husband, Derek, and daughter, Grace.
Jess Mason, MDiv, MA
Innovation Strategist & Supervising Editor, Applied Research & Consulting
Jess is a licensed minister, spiritual vitality researcher, and former neuroscientist who loves to see God’s goodness revealed to and through the church. She was born (in Canada) asking questions, and enjoys strategic thinking for EGC’s sustained effectiveness in serving the church. When not working, she likes to dabble in new language learning, Skype with friends around the globe, explore Boston with her husband and local friends, and sit and stare at the wall (literally) contemplating the wonders and possibilities of life.
Born and raised in Boston, Caleb brings a homegrown passion for the city. As EGC’s Development Manager, Caleb provides leadership for projects relating to fundraising and communications, and manages the day-to-day operations of the development department. Caleb graduated from Eastern Nazarene College, where he majored in business management. Having been raised in a musical and ministry-oriented family, Caleb enjoys opportunities such as leading a men’s small group, serving on the worship team at his church, as well as recording his own original music—a mix of hip hop, gospel, and R&B.
Elijah Mickelson, MDiv
Director of Communications
Elijah Mickelson works to help EGC communicate in concise, compelling, and very creative ways. With his advanced graphic design skills and his passion for the art of “story,” Elijah is leading the charge to broaden EGC’s communications strategy through social media, video, and the web. Is it true there’s a new gadget at Elijah’s desk every week? Well, how else would we get such amazing video to tell our stories unless he bought himself a drone, right? Elijah and his patient wife, Stacie, and their tiny daughter live in an intentional community house in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.
Rudy Mitchell, MDiv
Senior Researcher, Applied Research & Consulting
Rudy Mitchell has been researching Boston’s neighborhoods, churches, people groups, and community issues since 1976. A graduate of Cornell University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where he earned an M.Div. in 1974, Rudy is an adjunct professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston. He enjoys studying the history of Boston and its churches, and has produced numerous research studies and projects for EGC including The Boston Church Directory, New England’s Book of Acts, Christianity in Boston, and much more. He and his wife, Sara, have two adult children and one grandchild. They live in Boston’s South End where he raises amazing tomatoes.
Ministry Coach, Starlight Ministries
Sara Mitchell has been with EGC for 40 years, initially serving at EGC’s multi-language Christian bookstore where she used her fluency in Spanish for 25 years. For the last 15 years, she has been working as a community advocate with Starlight Ministries, serving individuals and groups as they learn to reach out to people in the homeless community. In addition, Sara teaches at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Boston and serves her urban neighborhood association. She and her husband, Rudy, have two grown children who both use their gifts in ministry, and one grandchild. Sara enjoys hiking, traveling, organizing events and hospitality.
A lifelong resident of Boston’s South End, Wanda grew up watching her mother work with their neighbors, including Doug and Judy Hall, to help build the Villa Victoria neighborhood, home to EGC since 1971. When she heard there was an opening at the Center, her reaction was “Wow! I want to be a part of that!” Along with her quiet spirit, Wanda brings seasoned administrative skills. “I support everybody doing a little of everything,” she explains, whether its office technology, scheduling, preparing for staff meetings, handling the mail, accounting tasks, or greeting guests. “I love the way everything we do is connected in some way with God,” she says.
Charlotte Schulz, EGC’s bookkeeper since 1988, hails from Meriden, Connecticut. Raised in the Lutheran church, she is now a member of the Forest Hills Covenant Church, part of the Evangelical Covenant tradition, where she has also served as bookkeeper. Perhaps Charlotte comes by bookkeeping naturally – “Schulz” is derived from German words meaning “to write a bill in order to be paid.” She currently lives in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston with her two companionable cats, Stravinsky and Pfeffermoose.
Administrative Assistant (on leave); Microenterprise Trainer
Since 2000, Sheba Telore has kept the EGC office humming as the Center’s vivacious receptionist and administrative assistant. But Sheba wears several hats, and periodically takes extended trips with her husband, Rev. Ramesh Telore, to their native India and other South Asian countries to help out with microeconomic and leadership development projects. Currently the Telores are on a three-year leave of absence to partner with colleagues in India through a leadership training effort. Already those who have been trained are teaching others. The Telores live in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston and have one adult daughter.
Supervising Research Intern; Applied Research & Consulting
When not working as a Radar Systems Engineer with a local defense contractor, Andrew works part time with the Applied Research and Consulting team at EGC. Andrew enjoys learning about nonprofits and using systems principles to help individuals and groups function more purposefully. In his spare time, he enjoys writing, hiking in the mountains, and playing guitar.
Dana Wade, MA
Dana Wade has served on EGC's Development team since 2002, providing leadership with fundraising, special events, and communications. She periodically provides technical assistance and workshops on proposal writing and fundraising for non-profits. Prior to joining the staff, Dana served as a Board member of EGC. Professionally, Dana worked as the manager of contributions at John Hancock Financial Services where she reviewed funding proposals, conducted site visits, provided technical assistance to non-profits, and helped plan and run corporate events. She earned a Master’s degree in urban affairs from Boston University. Dana lives in Boston and serves in leadership at her church in Boston.
Ruth Wong, MA
Director, Boston Education Collaborative
A former high school physics teacher, Ruth directs the Boston Education Collaborative to support, convene, and mobilize churches and leaders as they seek to empower underserved urban students with the education they need for transformation—in their lives and in their communities. Passionate about creating learning communities for churches and leaders across racial, socio-economic, and denominational lines, Ruth collaborates with the Boston Public Schools to foster partnerships between schools and faith-based institutions. Every summer, Ruth teaches at an engineering program at MIT for high school students. She enjoys watching sports, reconnecting with her Asian roots, and traveling with her husband, Regan.
Brian Gearin, Rev, DMin, MA
Brian Gearin is hopeful that more individuals and churches will learn to connect well with people who are experiencing homelessness by building reciprocal relationships that are tangible evidences of the Kingdom of God at work. Brian has partnered with people in need around the globe, first in the Philippines in micro-enterprise development, and later with colleagues in the eleven countries that partners with PEER Servants, a Massachusetts-based micro-enterprise organization. Since 2002, Brian has served at EGC in economic and community development projects, and has served people affected by homelessness.
Dr. Doug & Judy Hall
Consultants in Living System Ministry
For 50 years, Doug and Judy Hall served as leaders of EGC until their retirement in 2014. They also taught urban ministry classes for four decades at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, starting in 1973. The wisdom the Halls gained through their extensive urban ministry experience is presented in their 2010 book, The Cat and the Toaster: Living System Ministry in a Technological Age. Because the Halls are passionate about the potential of Christianity to grow in every city as a living system, they often meet for private consultations with leaders wanting to learn more. The Halls have two adult children and three grandchildren.
Director, Bags of Hope
Jasmine is a survivor of domestic sex trafficking and she believes God is redeeming her story to offer hope and healing to others. She also raises awareness of this issue by using her voice and story at schools, colleges, churches and conferences. She believes education about this issue can help prevent and abolish it. Jasmine has worked at prevention organizations as a mentor and group facilitator to at risk youth girls. She has also been a passionate advocate for women at a residential safe home. She now is the Director of the outreach ministry, Bags of Hope, which is a Fiscal Sponsorship Program of EGC.