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 article 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
Sally Landis

Sally Landis, Organist and Chancel Choir Director

Sally has been a member of MUMC since the late 1970's when she and her family relocated from her home state of Pennsylvania. She quickly became involved in the music program, beginning as pianist for the Chancel Choir, then as Children's Choirs director, then organist, then Spirit Celebration coordinator and leader of the Praise Band and Choir, and now currently organist and Chancel Choir Director. Sally has also served on many committees, taught Sunday school, been a youth group leader and served in many other areas of the church. She was married to Don Landis with whom she raised two children, Julie and Zachary. In her spare time she enjoys playing and teaching tennis, gardening, and musical theater. Serving MUMC has been a blessing and a privilege, one she hopes will continue for many years. Email Sally, Phone: 465-7937
Nancy Tong

Nancy Tong, Choir Accompanist

Nancy has been a member of MUMC for almost 25 years, and has been involved in its music ministry in various capacities for most of that time, presently accompanying the Chancel Choir, co-directing the Youth Bells and playing in the Adult Bell Choir. She also spent several years involved with the Sunday School, and is presently one of the boosters for our camping program at Wanakee, Nancy is a life-long New Hampshire resident - she grew up in the Penacook/Concord area and then moved to Milford after graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Music Education. She lives with her husband, Harry. Her son Matt is a graduate student at UC San Diego, and two adult stepchildren, Pam and Jeff, live in Nashua. Nancy teaches music at the Wilton-Lyndeborough Cooperative Middle/Senior High School, and plays bassoon in the Nashua Chamber Orchestra and a local woodwind quintet. 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, Sacred Dancers, Praise Team, Vacation Bible School and organizes the Sunday Afternoon of Music concerts.
    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 (what spare time?) 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. She is very proud of her family. Email Mary, Phone: 878-0664
Jim Lawler

Jim Lawler, Custodian

Jim serves as a custodian at MUMC, but has also served as a Trustee, co-layleader, Stephen minister. Jim was born and raised in Melrose Massachusetts, but moved to New Hampshire in 1968. He joined MUMC in 1995. He and his wife have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Jim enjoys auto racing, camping, reading and helping people in any way he can.