Overseed Board of Directors
Dr. Jim Harrell
Jim launched Overseed in 2008. Jim has over 40 years of ministry experience in discipleship, mentoring, church planting and church renewal. Jim has his Doctor of Ministry in renewal ministries and a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jim caught the vision of replanting churches in historic New England congregations while attending Byfield Parish Church during his seminary years. 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. It is Jim’s passion to help declining churches to thrive once again by re-embracing the gospel and by moving out into the community with the message and service of Christ.
Jim is the author of Church Replanter: Learning from Nehemiah's example of leading change when things are really broken.
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.
Bill Richards, J.D.
Bill Richards is Director of Development 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 recently retired as VP of Sales & Marketing for a company that manufactures sensors for medical devices in Wallingford, CT.
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.
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. Dr. David Horn
David was the Director of the Ockenga Institute and the Semlink program of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His responsibilities involved oversight of multiple centers and programs involved in the seminary’s commitment to offering theological education to a variety of constituencies beyond the traditional student body.
He also oversaw the Shoemaker Center for Church Renewal and the Center for Christian Youth. David has significant experience in campus ministry. For several years, he was an administrator in the Student Development and Campus Ministry Offices of Gordon College. He has also worked as the Campus Pastor and as Director of Residential Life at Bethel College and has taught English.
David writes and speaks on issues related to practical theology and sociology of religion. He is currently serving as Interim Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church in Hamilton, MA.
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.
Rev. Dr. Steve Treash
Steve Treash is the Senior Pastor of Black Rock Church, where he began attending as a teenager in 1977. In 1987, after Wheaton College and Gordon Conwell Seminary, Steve joined the Black Rock pastoral staff. Steve is only the 8th senior pastor in Black Rock's 165 year history! In 1996 Steve earned a Ph. D. in theology and church history from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. As part of this degree, he wrote a book on the colonial American pastor, Jonathan Edwards, entitled: Jonathan Edwards' Principles of Awakening Preaching. At Black Rock, Pastor Steve leads the Pastoral Staff and the Elders; is responsible for the planning of our weekly worship services; and does most of the preaching. Steve and Jen have eighteen-year-old twins Caileigh and Parker. For fun, Steve likes trips into NYC for the museums, shows and those hot pretzels.
Overseed Board of Advisors
Rev. Dale Edwards
Dale holds a B.A. from Berkshire College and an M. Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. While in seminary, he served as a student pastor in Washington and Hampstead, N.H. He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, NH for 25 years. During that time he also served for several years as pastor of Logos Community Church, a mission congregation of the Korean Presbyterian Church meeting at Dartmouth College.
In January 2012, Dale was elected as Region Minister of the American Baptist Churches of Vermont and New Hampshire. He values the renewal of historic downtown churches and the spiritual growth and formation of individuals. Believing the church faces many challenges from the post-modern culture, Dale is committed to utilizing both old and new methods to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ. Dale and his wife, Laurie, have two children, Daniel and Bethany.
Dale enjoys traveling about the Region, visiting with pastors and churches. His ministry has been dedicated to church renewal in New England. For hobbies, Dale gardens, hikes, and collects old Moxie bottles.
Rev. Dr. Jason McConnell
Rev. Jason R. McConnell has served Franklin United Church as pastor since January 1, 2004. Jason has his Master of Divinity degree and a Master of Theology degree from GCTS. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree in Rural Ministry from Beeson Divinity School in 2011. Jason knows both the struggles of pastoring historic small churches and the hope of revitalization.
Jason is also the Director of the Ockenga Fellows Program at GCTS.
In addition to their ministry at the church, the McConnells enjoy spending time in the Vermont outdoors: hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, etc.
The McConnells have four children: Sarah, Marcus, and Duncan, and Matthias.
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. Jim Singleton
Dr. Jim Singleton joined Gordon-Conwell as Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism in 2012, bringing with him many years of church leadership experience. Prior to his current post at Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Singleton served as senior pastor of churches in Texas, Washington and most recently, First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs, a downtown congregation of 4,200 members.
He has taught at several seminaries around the world, including ones in Virginia, Texas, Washington, Moscow and Zambia. In addition to teaching and preaching, Dr. Singleton has participated in cross-cultural missions in places like Mongolia, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico and India, to name a few.
Dr. Singleton is an avid fan of baseball statistics, history, hiking and cross-country skiing. He and his wife, Sara, have a son, James, and a daughter, Rachel and three grandchildren.