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Region Staff & Leadership

We are a small staff which means we wear a lot of different hats. But that’s OK because we’re all doing work we love and feel called to. Read on for a few details about each of our staff members.

Rev. Edwards

The Reverend Dale Edwards, Region Minister

Dale and Laurie Edwards have been married for 30 years, and have two children Daniel and Beth.  A graduate of Berkshire Christian College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Dale was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lebanon N.H 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. 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.

Mrs. Janet McFaul, Administrative Assistant

Janet McFaul, Administrative Assistant

Janet was with ABC/VNH full-time from April of 1999 until August 2012.  Now she is part-time three days a week.  Janet and her husband of 43 years have resided in North Haverhill, NH, for the past 13+ years.  They are members of the Passumpsic Community Baptist Church in Passumpsic, VT.  Their daughter and son-in-law have blessed the McFauls with three wonderful grandchildren.  Janet immensely enjoys time with the family, taking long walks, working outside and reading.

Malcolm Hamblett

Malcolm Hamblett, Assistant to the Region Minister

Malcolm has been on staff since January 2008. He makes his home in the lovely town of Weston, VT with his wife Amy and children Ben and Rebekah. He is also Director of Christian Education at the First Baptist Church of Chester, VT. During the summer of 2014 he is preaching at the South Newfane Baptist Church. Additionally, he is president of the Ministers Council of VT & NH (2013-15). Little known fact: Malcolm is a 4th generation pastor.

Bob Wyand, Finance Director

Bob is about the numbers!  27, 4, 2, 30, 3.  Bob has over 28 years in the pastoral ministry.  A graduate of Bentley College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, he maintains a fascination with technology and love of local communities of Christ.  Bob and Sue have celebrated marriage for 30 years and spend their time rooting three adult children through life.  Bob is also a bookkeeper/office manager for another company in Lebanon. He enjoys playing guitar, singing, coaching, golfing and fly-fishing.


Rev. Abraham Gross, Assistant to the Region Minister for Pastoral Stability and networking

Rev. Abraham Gross, Assistant to the Region Minister for Pastoral Stability and Networking

Reverend Abraham Gross lives with his wife Amanda and their 5 children in Cavendish, VT where he serves as pastor of the Cavendish Baptist Church. He is the coordinator for the 25 to Life Group in ABC/VNH, a group interested in long-term pastorates. He also serves as chaplain of his town’s volunteer fire department.



Kathleen & Joy--resized for web

Kathleen Blackey, Media Coordinator (left) and Joy Choquette, Assistant for Communications & Development

Reverend Kathleen Blackey lives in South Londonderry, VT.  She enjoys being a mommy of two, a wife to her high school sweetheart, baking breads, and attempting to stay in shape.  She is passionate about sharing the love of Jesus and does that by co-pastoring with her husband, Chris, and helping any way needed in the Region.

Joy Choquette lives in northwestern VT with her family and pets. She is a writer by trade and has been working with the Region since 2011. In her free time she enjoys exercising (especially outside), making art, reading and spending time with family and friends. Little known fact: Joy has traveled to 25 of the 50 U.S. states and plans to visit the others as time and money allow.

Reverend James Smith

Reverend James Smith, Placement Consultant

Jim brings 35 years of pastoral ministry (23 with ABC/VNH) to his role of assisting churches in finding pastoral leadership. In this position he’s  worked with Rohn Peterson, Lou George, and now Dale Edwards. Jim has also served the Region as president, 1st VP, 2nd VP, and chair of the Department of Professional Ministry.

For contact information, please refer to the ABCVNH Region Leadership Directory 2014-15.





Updated September 2, 2014