Our Staff

Paster John

Rev. Dr. John Whitley, Pastor

Pastor John has a BA in Religious Studies from Florida State University, a Masters from Yale Divinity School, and a Th.D. in Old Testament from Harvard Divinity School. Before moving to Milford, he served as the pastor of Community UMC in Brighton, MA and also has backgrounds in Youth Ministry, teaching, publishing, and writing. “I started following a call to ministry in High School and ended up taking the scenic route. Over the years I developed a passion for learning and discipleship and in my ministry, I hope to bring these things together with my love for people. I think that’s how the church moves forward and grows: we love one another, we learn together, we serve together, we pray together—we grow together.”
As a teacher John was awarded the Harvard University Certificate for Distinction in Teaching and, as a writer, was awarded the Regional Scholar Award by the Society of Biblical Literature. John has written scholarly articles on biblical interpretation for top journals in the field and has worked as an editor for the Harvard Theological Review and for the Theology and Religion department of the academic publisher Walter De Gruyter. John’s wife and three children are his greatest joy and he also enjoys reading, woodworking, and fly fishing.
Email Pastor John, Phone: Church (603) 673-2669
Callie

Callie-Sue McMahon, Office Staff

Callie-Sue McMahon hails from down south (Chelmsford, MA), but has been a resident of Milford for many years. She retired from BAE Systems a few years ago, then transferred her management skills to the MUMC office. Her's is the voice you hear on the church answering machine and the name on the office email address. She has three grown children, two of whom are twin girls, and the third a boy, which gave her a great deal of experience multitasking as they were growing up. All live in the area. In her spare time (what spare time), she enjoys gardening and spending time with her seven grandchildren. Email Office
Carol Rowette

Carol Rowlette's, Office Staff

Carol Rowlette's MUMC connection began early. She was baptized and confirmed here. She did leave the area for a while, then returned to stay. After a number of years in the field of cosmetology, she moved on to work for ADT Security from which she retired. She is married to Cecil who is most often found in the AV room during the 8:30am service. She and Cecil enjoy a lovely blended family (her description ~~ I couldn't improve on that!) of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoys gardening and is active in the church music program, singing in the choir, playing handbells and participating in special concerts. She stated that she loves this church and her church family.Email Church

Germaine Hopkins, Office Staff

Germaine Hopkins (Gerrie) is a retired high school nurse who then went on to provide care for her daughter's triplets for a few years. After they became old enough, she moved on to work in the home health care field before she really retired. In addition to the triplets, her son has provided her with five more grandchildren. Both families live in the area. Gerrie is a Stephen Minister and is seen at many MUMC events in one capacity or another. When not fulfilling her MUMC office role, she enjoys reading and cooking. She is active on her condo association board, volunteers at SHARE, and provides taxi service when needed for grandchildren.Email Church
Jennifer K. Erdody

Jennifer Erdody, Organist and Chancel Choir Director

Jennifer K. Erdody is the choral director at Milford High School in Milford, NH, where she directs the concert choir and “West Street Beat”, the school’s elite vocal ensemble. She also teaches Voice Workshop and Advanced Vocal Studies. On stage, she has performed the roles of Princess Fiona in the Amherst PTA’s production of “Shrek the Musical”, Rose Smith in “Meet Me In St. Louis”, Laurey in “Oklahoma!”, and Mary Hatch Bailey in Milford Area Players’ “It’s A Wonderful LIfe”. Jennifer frequently works with Souhegan Valley Boys and Girls Club’s Riverbend Youth Company as a director and music director, her last production being “West Side Story”. She is the director of Merrimack Summer Stage, and served as music director for Ogunquit Playhouse's summer camp as well. In the early winter she directs the Mont Vernon Community Messiah Sing, a long-standing choral tradition. She was named the 2009 New Hampshire Vocalist of the Year by American Mothers Incorporated and 2012 Nashua area Teacher of the Year by the Hippo Press. Jenn also works at the Palace Theatre in Manchester, and was soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Milford. Jenn is a graduate of Boston University, where she studied with Richard Cassilly, and comes from a family of church musicians. Her first job ever was as church organist for a church in her hometown of Wilbraham, MA. Jennifer lives in Milford with her husband and two children.
Nancy Tong

Nancy Tong, Choir Accompanist

Nancy has been a member of MUMC for more than 30 years, and has been involved in its music ministry in various capacities for most of that time. Currently she accompanies the Chancel Choir, plays in the Handbell Choir, directs the MUMC Concert Band and sometimes performs with the Praise Band. Whew! She spent several years involved with the Sunday School and is one of the boosters for our camping program at Wanakee. Nancy is a lifelong New Hampshire resident; she grew up in the Penacook/Concord area, then moved to Milford after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Music Education. She lives with her husband, Harry. She has a son, Matt, who lives in Texas, and two adult stepchildren. Pam lives in Nashua, and Jeff lives in Virginia. Nancy retired from teaching music at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle/Senior High School. She plays bassoon in the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and a local woodwind quintet. Sometimes Nancy and the bassoon perform for us at church as well. In her spare time, Nancy enjoys skiing, kayaking, traveling and Making music with friends. Email Nancy, Phone: 673-7180
Mary Tyler-Wall

Mary Tyler-Wall, Handbell Choir Director

    Mary directs the Adult Handbell Choir. She joined the Milford United Methodist Church in 1999. She also participates in the Chancel Choir.
    Growing up in Walton, New York, Mary began singing in church at the age of 7 and has been a church musician ever since. She studied music education at SUNY Fredonia and graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She and her husband, Jim, live in Temple with their three daughters, Kathryn, Bronwyn and Emeline.
    In her spare time, if she can find any, Mary is involved in music. She plays the oboe in the Temple Band, the first town band in America, directs the Temple Dance Band, and sings for fun. She occasionally writes grants and dabbles in gardening and weaving. She is very proud of her family Email Mary, Phone: 878-0664
Jim Lawler

Jim Lawler, Sexton

Jim Lawler wears many hats! He serves as the MUMC sexton, but has served or is currently serving as a trustee, co-layleader and Stephen minister. As a Navy veteran who served in Vietnam ( 1971-1972) he has an ongoing interest in the needs of veterans. When not at MUMC, Jim will keep your vehicle in good working condition. He is lead technician and service manager at a station not far from Milford. Born and raised in Melrose, Massachusetts, he moved to New Hampshire in 1968 and joined MUMC in 1995. He and his wife, Marilyn, have 4 adult children and 3+ grandchildren. He enjoys auto racing, camping, reading and helping people in any way he can.