Overseed Board of Directors
Dr. Jim Harrell
Jim Harrell is president and co-founder of Overseed. Jim has his Doctor of Ministry in renewal ministries and Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jim's background is in discipleship, mentoring and church planting.
He came to Christ in the Missionary Alliance Church where he grew up. He became involved with The Navigators at college and helped start the work at the University of Vermont, University of Miami and was on staff at the University of TN. After that, God called him out of The Navigators to minister in the local church. He helped with two church plants in Burlington, VT where he was the unofficial associate pastor of the second church plant.
Jim moved to the Boston area in 1999 to finish seminary and began attending Byfield Parish Church, a UCC denominational church. Jim caught the vision of replanting churches in existing mainline congregations while at Byfield Parish Church. After the church's decision to stay in the UCC for missional purposes, Jim applied his background in church planting, shepherding and training towards developing a plan for this replanting vision. The outcome of that process was the formation of Overseed, Inc.
Jim is also the Vice President of Systems Engineering for Winslow Technology Group, LLC.
Bill Richards, J.D.
Bill Richards is Vice President and co-founder of Overseed Inc.
Bill has a Juris Doctorate degree from the Massachusetts School of Law, Andover, Massachusetts and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Salem State College in Salem, Massachusetts. Bill’s professional background is in business law, sales, and marketing.
He came to Christ in his thirties while attending the Byfield Parish Church in Georgetown, Massachusetts where he has served on numerous committees and taught Sunday school with his wife Aileen for the past 15 years. It is at Byfield Parish Church where Bill was introduced to the renewal movement and came to believe that God was calling him to that area of ministry.
Bill is also a Massachusetts attorney as well as In-house Council and VP of Sales & Marketing for a company that manufactures sensors for medical devices in Wallingford, CT.
Rev. Dr. Jack L Daniel
Jack is our Overseed Field DIrector. He is recruiting and developing a network of Overseed Hub churches to help guide and resource church replanting efforts in their surrounding communities.
Jack became the Pastor of Free Christian Church, a UCC church, in 1977. There were about 75 people attending and 35 years later, the church was close to a thousand in attendance, was multi-staff and was one of the few multi-site churches in New England.
A Massachusetts native, Pastor Jack graduated from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA, and received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA. He is an ordained United Church of Christ (UCC) pastor and also holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Pastoral Counseling and Clinical Studies from Andover-Newton Theological School.
Two years ago Jack retired from Free Christian Church and is now living on Pleasant Pond in Richmond, ME. He and his wife Kathy, a freelance editor of science curriculum materials, raised three married daughters.
Rev. Dr. Dennis Gill
Dennis has pastored for thirty years and knows the needs of pastors from an inside perspective. He has a long history of encouraging a broad connection among Christian leaders through conferences, targeted ministries and regional networking.
He is the President of the Evangelical Network in New England (e-net), a catalyst for connecting ministry leaders in the work of Christ in New England.
He holds both Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Divinity from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary.
Dennis is currently the Associate Pastor at Hope Community Church in Newburyport, MA. He and his wife, Nancy, have two grown children and live in Wenham, MA
Rev. George D. Ray, M.Div. J.D.
Pastor Ray came to Trinity Evangelical Church of North Reading, MA on July 1, 1983. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University, a Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School, and a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Pastor Ray is the former Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Eastern Europe Ministry Fund, Inc., serves on the Board of Directors for the Romanian Bible University, and the Board of Advisors for the Enabling Missions Endeavors in Athens, Greece.
He is married to Trish. Sons, daughters-in-law and many grandchildren have brought them great joy. In their spare time, George and Trish enjoy sailing.
Rev. Deryk Richenberg
Deryk is the Senior Pastor at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, CN
Before that, he served as a patient catalyst as the pastor of First Congregational Church in Woburn.
He holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
Deryk and his wife Christy have two boys, Samuel and Elijah.
Since retiring in 2000 from a 37 year career in the high-tech industry, Jack has spent the last 14 years as Director of the Strategic Leadership Network for Vision New England.
Over these years, he has consistently deployed his vision of identifying and satisfying the current strategic needs of pastors, as they themselves see them. In an interactive environment, he is able to help these pastors plan for the future of their churches in their own unique communities. In this role, he applies his experience involving market research and executive and leadership education to Senior Pastors and their leadership teams.
Jack brings over 50 years of active lay leadership experience in local churches, having been converted during his college years to a personal relationship to Jesus Christ.
He lives with his wife and teenage daughter in Acton, MA.
Overseed Board of Advisors
Rev. Abraham Gross
Abe was Born in Maine, raised in New Hampshire, graduated from Gordon College (BA, Biblical and Theological Studies, Concentration in Jewish Studies) and Andover-Newton Theological School (MA, Theology). In 2002,Abe began serving as the pastor of Cavendish Baptist Church in Cavendish, VT since 2002, a small town witha population of 1374 people. He has an inherited long (5 generations) connection to NE spiritual life, including first-hand religious experience in Jewish, Catholic, and Unitarian Universalist communities.
Abe also has been organizing the 25 to Life initiative for the past six years.The vision of 25 to Life is to see the Church in northern New England restored and revitalized to the active and powerful force for God it was in the middle of the 18th century into the early 19th century. They're praying for God to raise a generation of church-leaders in our region who were committed, as a whole, to the difficult work of sticking with their churches through an entire lifetime of spiritual challenge and growth! To be effective in reaching our stony northern New England communities for Jesus; it takes longer than the 7-10 year average length of far too many pastorates.
Abe, along with his wife Amanda, have five children: Isabelle, Estella, Cyrus, Judah, and Ephraim.
Rev. Terry Shanahan
Rev. Shanahan graduated from the University of New Hampshire and from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. In 1998, he was ordained in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference (CCCC) and from 2002-2007, served as the Conference Area Representative for the State of NH.
In July 2007, Rev. Shanahan was appointed and affirmed by the CCCC Board of Directors to the position of Northeast Regional Minister. He is also currently an Adjunct Pastor at the Rye Congregational Church.
Rev. Shanahan and his wife, Karlotta Perkins Shanahan, are founders of the Family Restoration Center, a Christian counseling ministry to Rye families. They have spoken at marriage retreats and worked with couples in crisis as well as doing premarital evaluations, consultations and counseling for area churches.
The Shanahan family has lived in Rye since 1971 and has two children.
Rev. Dr. Brent Allen
Rev. Dr. Brent Allen is the northeast District Executive Minister for Converge.
Brent grew up in Western Pennsylvania before attending college at Moody Bible Institute and seminary at Dallas Theological Seminary.In 1980, he and Lori married and now have three grown children and seven grandchildren. The Allens served in the Danbury, Connecticut, area before ministering at the Old North Church, Canfield, Ohio, for 25 years. They led Old North to impact their community for Christ and saw hundreds of people come to faith.
Brent’s desire is that each of our churches in the Northeast have a vision and strategy to fulfill the Great Commission in their communities and together we trust God to transform thousands of lives through the Gospel.