Rev. Dr. Wesley E.Palmer
I am blessed to be receiving the mantle of Executive Director of the Preachers’ Aid Society from my predecessor Rev. Dr. Thomas Gallen. Thom has led the Society with wisdom, compassion and vision for the past 14 years. Through his work, Wesley Woods and Wesley By The Sea became vital parts of our housing initiative for retired pastors. With our offices now housed in the Rev. Dr. Thomas J. Gallen Community Building at Wesley By The Sea in Wells, Maine, the Society continues to carry out our mission to faithfully care for our pastors and their families in many ways that you can learn about through this website.
The Society is able to do its work because of a history of generous gifts that have been shared with us by many persons who believe in what we are doing. Our Board members have been faithful stewards of those gifts ensuring that our work can continue and grow. At the heart of our work are the relationships that we care for through the visitations of our staff, the phone calls we receive, the retiree newsletters prepared and sent, the special events we host and many more acts of love. I look forward to meeting many of you in my new role as we continue our work of caring.
Rev. Catherine Anderson
Director of Pastoral Care Ministries & Clergy Family Services North
From the potato fields of Aroostook County across to the western mountains and down to the rocky coastline of Mid-coast and southern Maine my travels across the northern region of our annual conference cover a large territory with some of the most scenic (I think!) views and friendly, gracious retirees. I am currently in my 16th year as Director of Clergy and Family Services for PAS in addition to serving as Director of Pastoral Care Ministries, supporting our staff as we minister to the retired clergy of the New England Annual Conference. PAS has embarked upon many new and innovative programs and we are always looking and listening for ways we can continue to meet the needs of our active and retired clergy and their families.
Ms. Gail V. Tapply
Director Clergy Family Services Northwest-Central
Greetings from the Northwest area of our Conference. I'm blessed to have the opportunity to visit our retired pastors and their spouses throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. What a delight it is to connect with these individuals who have spent much of their lives serving and caring for others, and to be able to bring to them the connection, care and concern of The Preachers' Aid Society. Until we meet again, Peace and Blessings.
Ms. Karen Ruggiero
Director of Clergy Family Services Southeast
Karen M Ruggiero comes to the position of Director of Clergy Family Services with a diverse background and will serve the Cape Cod, Boston, and Rhode Island areas.Prior to this role, Karen served as a Multi-faith Chaplain at various Rhode Island hospitals including Women and Infants, Hasbro Children’s, and The Miriam. For the last three years Karen has been at Butler Psychiatric Hospital facilitating groups on spiritual wellness and serving those with mental health and addiction struggles. On Cape Cod she initiated and facilitates an addiction support group for an international organization (SMART), which focuses on empowerment and healthy balanced living; Self-Management and Recovery Training.Karen started her career in hospice work, and as a pastoral musician on Martha’s Vineyard. Her Master’s degree is in Pastoral Care.She is an active member of the Waquoit Congregational church, leading a spiritual wellness prayer group, and managing the church’s spring Farmer’s Market. Karen has three adult children, and she and her spouse live in East Falmouth on Cape Cod.
Ms. Colleen Williams
Director Clergy Family Services Southwest-Central
Greetings from the Southwestern corner of the Conference! Despite the images of sagebrush and tumbleweeds that this district’s name evokes, you won’t see me on your doorstep sporting a ten gallon hat and a pair of boots with spurs. Rather, you will see me on your doorstep extending the right hand of fellowship and offering a prayer of thanksgiving for your faithfulness to God’s call on your life. The Southwest-Central District covers the state of Connecticut and spans Massachusetts from the Berkshires to the North Shore. It’s a beautiful area populated with an amazing variety of retirees, each with a unique story of ministry and service in the name of Christ. What a blessing to serve you as your Preachers' Aid Society visitor.
Ms. Beth Phelps
Director of Development
Wells, Maine Office