Annual Meeting 2020

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The Park Street Annual Meeting will take place on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

Meeting Information

Copies of the 2019 Annual Report are available at the church. If you would like a PDF of one emailed to you, request one here.

One of the agenda items at this year's meeting is an amendment ot the bylaws. Click here to see the recommended change.

People you should know

The following members of Park Street Church are candidates for election at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

(Jump to Officers, Elders or Nominating Committee members.)

*indicates candidates for reelection


Officers

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Officer: Treasurer

GABRIEL LING (202)

I have been attending Park Street Church since 2004, and have been a member since 2009. I co-founded M33 Growth, where I work as a managing director, focusing on investments in software, marketing technology, tech-enabled services, and healthcare companies. My passion is working hand-in-hand with entrepreneurs to help them scale their businesses, execute strategic acquisitions, and build valuable data assets. I was a 2016 recipient of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce’s Ten Outstanding Young Leaders (TOYL) award for civic and business leadership and am an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program, which convenes leaders from around the country to foster cross-sector collaborations that impact local communities. I currently serve on the United Way PE/VC Leadership Council and on the Board of Trustees of Park Street School. The Treasurer (one-year term) is the chief financial officer of the church.

Officer: Missions Treasurer

LING YI LIU* (2020)

Growing up in Brazil, some of my best friends were the children of missionaries. However, I only came to Christ in graduate school here in the Boston area after meeting Leslie, who is now my wife. Leslie and I have attended Park Street Church since 1996 and all of our five children started at PSC in the nursery. Over the years, I have served at PSC as deacon of family ministries, served in the nursery, in Barnabas groups, as well as led family and marketplace small groups. I have also served as treasurer for a non-profit organization focused on business incubation and as COO of a Christian real-estate company focused on investing in the inner city. Currently, I manage furnished rental apartment buildings in Cambridge. My passion is to develop communities in which members can thrive and be a blessing to their neighbors. In addition to supporting Missions, the Missions Treasurer (one-year term) is the Vice Treasurer of the church and as such serves as the first backup when the Treasurer is absent or incapacitated.

Officer: Assistant Treasurer

PETER HOLT (2020)

I have been a member of PSC for over 10yrs. Growing up in Christian home, I came to know Jesus as my Lord at young age. I moved to Boston after graduating from Gordon College in 2006 with a BA/BS in Economics and Finance. I have worked in various areas of the Financial Services industry since 2005 and am currently an Executive Director at MSCI, a provider of Financial Data and Technology. Additionally, I have experience serving as an adjunct professor of Finance to MBA students at Suffolk University, where I taught classes on Economics and Financial Evaluation. I am married to Meghan and we live in Charlestown with our two young children, Margot and James. The Assistant Treasurer (one-year term) serves as a second backup to the Treasurer and assists both Treasurers with their responsibilities.

Officer: Clerk

DEBORAH GALLAGHER (2020)

I am honored to stand for Church Clerk. I have been a member of PSC since the early 1980s. My husband, Charlie, and I have raised our three adult children, David, Peter and Elizabeth, at Park Street. Over the last twenty years, I have been a Christian Formation teacher, served on the Nominating Committee, and was a member of the search committees for ministers Kris Perkins and Phil Thorne. I recently retired from a career as an administrator and manager (I love to take notes and keep records!). My prayer is that God will continue to be glorified, honored and lifted up at Park Street Church. The Clerk (one-year term) gives notice of and provides written record of the church’s Annual and special meetings. He/she also processes any membership-related correspondence.

 


Elders

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LYFORD BEVERAGE

I was raised in a Christian home in Maine, but by the time I graduated from college, I was not a Christian in any meaningful sense. I came to the Gospel as a skeptic in 1989, and was convicted by its truth. Shortly thereafter, I found Park Street Church and have been blessed by it ever since. I’ve helped in various times and ways with family ministry, done some computer work for it and other ministries, and participated in occasional facilities work. My primary ministry has been the choir, where I’ve been a member for most of the last 30 years and the Secretary for the last eight. I also serve on the Finance & Administration Committee, and have been privileged to serve as an Elder for the last three years. Lori and I have been married for 29 years, and have raised four children at PSC—Lyford (26), Elisabeth (25), Samuel (24) and Benjamin (21).

 

JOHN KNIGHT

I grew up in Quincy, MA and first accepted Christ as a child. However, I fell away from faith during my teen years and it wasn’t until my mid 30’s that I finally surrendered my life and will completely to Him. Lora and I have been married for 45 years and have two grown children who live nearby in Massachusetts. We have been at Park Street Church for more than 25 years and involved in the Missions program throughout. We have coordinated three Barnabas groups, and I currently serve as Vice Chair and Medical Consultant to the Missions Committee. I graduated from Boston University and University of Vermont College of Medicine. In a 28-year pediatric career at Boston Children’s Hospital, God led me to establish the first adolescent substance use program and research center at a children’s hospital anywhere. I retired as director in 2018 to spend more time serving our missionary children and going on medical short-term missions. Philippians 2:1–11.

 

DOUG MAY

Jesus has graciously guided me out of teenage rebellion and sin, into a relationship with him, enabling me to navigate the worlds of school, work, dating, marriage, and family and now, retirement. Park Street Church nurtured my walk with Christ, and has drawn me into its family as I married, raised children here, and offered opportunities to serve. I have been involved with formal and informal ministries. small groups, teaching classes, boards of Deacons and Elders, nominating committee, prayer ministry, but mostly being a helping hand. I love the people that God has gathered here, and would be honored to serve as elder—counting on his grace to faithfully face our future; living the Gospel, bearing fruit, loving and being loved by Christ.

CHARLES PELTZ

I am committed to Park Street Church and to the Christian life. I do not covet this opportunity, but feel called to serve and will do so with full commitment to Him and to my brothers and sisters at Park Street. My wife Kirstin and I live in Roslindale and have attended PSC for 17 years and have been members 15 years. Our daughter Eleanor was baptized in 2005. I have served the church as an Elder for one term, member of the 4:00 PM service leadership team, member of the Bicentennial Hymn commissioning project, planning for the concert associated with that anniversary and participated and/or planned numerous musical events at the church. I have also served on the First Night Committee. I am faculty advisor to the New England Conservatory Christian Fellowship and act as leader of the annual NEC Blood Drive with Dana Farber/ BWH. As a faculty member at NEC I have served on numerous committees ranging from faculty searches to development to Chair of the faculty Senate.

 


Nominating Committee

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HELENA DANIEL

I have been attending Park Street for over two years and love engaging in Missions and weekly Bible Study. I live in Dorchester near Carson Beach and love to sing, laugh and dance. I work in Technology in Cambridge and regularly attend either the 11:00 AM or 4:00 PM Sunday service. It would be an honor for me to serve the Lord by being on the Nominating Committee and to get to know more facets and people of the church I have grown to love dearly.

 

MARGARET (PEG) DIFFENDERFER

God moved me to Boston in 1998, after three attempts to do so earlier in my life, and planted me at Park Street Church. The church family has played a significant role in my spiritual journey as I have worshipped regularly at the 8:30 AM service, participated in the church’s ministries, and served on the Nominating Committee, with the PSC-CCX Ukraine partnership on short-term mission trips, and as a deacon for Marketplace Ministries and a table leader for the Lenten Discipleship Institute.
Professionally I am a biochemist, currently employed with a clinical diagnostic laboratory after years in academic research. My education and career also include advanced degrees in biblical studies and faculty appointments at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and, more recently, Gordon-Conwell CUME.

 

 

SAMUEL GHILARDI

I have attended Park Street since 2013 while working on my undergraduate degree and now a PhD at Boston University in Biomedical Engineering. Park Street has been an integral part of my walk with Christ, providing not only a place to worship, but also a community to seek him with. I currently serve communion and collect the offering during the 11:00 AM service and also co-manage the Park Street softball team. I am honored to stand for the nominating committee and serve Christ so that our community might continue to be a blessing in Boston and around the world.

 

ANN-MARIE KELTNER

I am so grateful that in 2013 I came to Christ and made a decision to turn my life and my will over to His care. Since then, my husband and I have been amazed by the blessing He has poured on us, despite life’s persistent challenges. Currently, I work as the sixth grade teacher at Park Street School, and at Park Street Church I have served on the leadership team for Kidsweek, Community Group, and Discipleship Institute. I look for opportunities to serve to see how “the old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

SYNDI KIM

I grew up in a Christian home in northern VA and moved up to the Boston area in 2001 when I married my husband, Jimmy. We now raise three children in Quincy. I became a member in 2002 and have served on several ministries including Christianity Explored, Perspectives Course, New Members committee and the Missions committee. I currently attend Women’s Bible Study on Wednesdays and am a part of a small group in the South Shore area.

RICH SPINELLI

My passion is to fix broken things so I make a living supporting local businesses with tech stuff. As a divorced dad of four, family is probably much different for me than it is for others yet I‘m so very undeserving of His grace. I relax by building sheds, gazebos and treehouses. Currently I’m a Colson Fellows candidate learning how to best engage our culture with the purpose of impacting it for God.

DIANNE WEGIEL

I was privileged to be raised in a Christian family in Iowa and accepted Jesus as a young child. When I came to Boston in 1997, I began attending Park Street Church because of the evening service. It wasn’t long before I became involved on the Café Leadership team and as a member of the Sunday Night Band where I’ve served for over 15 years. Currently, I volunteer in the nursery. While attending, I met my husband, Ken, and we have 2 children, Hannah (5) and Zachary (3). I look forward to serving this amazing body of believers as God allows me to serve.