Bishop of New Hampshire, The Rt. Rev. A. Robert Hirschfeld
COO and Canon for Mission Resources, Benge Ambrogi
Benge Ambrogi has served as the Canon for Mission Resources / COO since July of 2018. In this role, he is responsible for the operations of the Diocese, including financial oversight, the Bishop’s staff, and Diocesan properties. He is also the Treasurer of the Trustees. Benge works with all of the Canons supporting the New Hampshire congregations with retreats, Mutual Ministry Reviews, and other matters. Benge started his service to the ECoNH with the Mission Resources Committee in 2002, and was chair of the committee from 2007 - 2013. From 2015 - 2018 he was a part time Missioner for Congregational Initiatives. He is also known as “the guy who rode his bike” – to all of the Episcopal churches in New Hampshire in 2011 and 2012. An engineer by training, in the secular world Benge has 30 years of experience in the defense, medical, and robotics industries. Benge lives in Manchester with his wife Sarah and cat Henry.
Canon for Transition and Community Engagement, Gail Avery
The Rev. Gail Avery serves as Canon for Transition and Community Engagement, working alongside parishes and clergy in transition, and advocates for community partnerships in her role as staff liaison to “our Kids” Commission, The Reconciliation Commission, Commission for Earth Care. Gail will also support congregational development efforts such as vestry retreats and mutual ministry reviews in a team approach with other members of the diocesan staff. Prior to joining the staff, Gail served three parishes in the Diocese of NH and spent the past three years as interim rector at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Dover. Gail received her B.S. in Business Administration and Family Services from the University of New Hampshire and her M.Div. from the Episcopal Divinity School with special competency in Anglican, Global and Ecumenical Studies and noted for her excellence in International Mission and Ecumenical Engagement. Subsequently, she spent seven years as maritime chaplain, bringing her face-to face with the daily struggles of seafarers far from home. She is married to Kirk Trachy and they have three grown sons and two young grandchildren. An avid runner for the discipline it instills, a strong advocate of daily prayer for the guidance and wisdom it brings, and a lover of travel for the broader perspective on self it provides, Gail is committed to innovating the role church can play worldwide, starting locally, and giving voice to the most vulnerable in our midst.
Assistant to the Bishop, Lynn Eaton
Lynn Eaton has served as Administrator/Assistant to the Bishop in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since January, 2018. Previously, Lynn served as Administrative Assistant, joining the staff at Diocesan House in 2014. Lynn’s main role is to assist the Bishop, providing administrative, canonical and secretarial support. She also manages D-House activities on a daily basis and assists Diocesan gatherings. Lynn previously held positions as Director of Marketing at Bentley Commons of Bedford, Referral Specialist at ServiceLink of Rockingham County, and Office Manager at both Easterseals New Hampshire and Appletree Business Services. Lynn has four children and lives in Pembroke.
Canon for Finance/Episcopal Service Corps Program Director, Gloria Gallant
Gloria Gallant serves as Canon for Finance and Episcopal Service Corps Program Manager. In this position she provides overall leadership of the Diocese’s finances, accounting and related activities. She also serves as part-time Program Manager for the ESC in NH-Assisi Program housed in Tilton, NH. Gloria joined the Diocesan staff in 2013 as Finance Manager. She graduated from Southern NH University earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and is a licensed as Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Fraud Examiner. Gloria and her husband Wilbur reside in Belmont.
Bishop's Assistant for Pastoral Support, The Rev. Louise Howlett
The Rev. Louise Howlett serves part time as Bishop's Assistant for Pastoral Support, assisting the Bishop in caring for clergy spiritual and emotional health. Louise is also a senior staff clinician at Maps Counseling Services in Peterborough and Keene, and a priest associate at All Saints’ Church, Peterborough. Louise was a school chaplain and teacher for thirty years and then received her Master’s in Family Therapy in 2013 from Drexel University College of Health Professions. She also earned her Masters of Divinity from Yale-Berkeley, and her BA at Princeton University. Louise loves walking and snowshoeing/skiing, reading, yoga, singing, crossword puzzles, and time with friends and family.
Canon for Ministry Development, Tina Pickering
Tina Pickering has served as Canon for Ministry Development in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since January, 2018. Tina’s main role is to expand and deepen lay and ordained ministry formation, by working with the Commission on Ministry, coordinating clergy formation events, overseeing the Safe Church program, and supporting the Bishop’s vision for the ministry of all the baptized. Tina will also support congregational development efforts such as vestry retreats and mutual ministry reviews in a team approach with other members of the diocesan staff. Tina served as Assistant to the Bishop, joining the staff at Diocesan House in 2014. Tina previously held positions as Director of Alumni Relations at St. Paul’s School, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, and Development Director at Emmanuel Gospel Center in Boston. She has an undergraduate degree in education from Wheelock College and a Master of Arts in Religion from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Tina and her husband Matt have a blended family of six teenagers/young adults and live in Concord in an 1875 New Englander that they are constantly renovating.
Office Assistant, Jessi Quinn
Jessi Quinn has served as Office Assistant in the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire since February, 2018. Jessi’s main role is to serve as receptionist and administrative support by organizing the Safe Church program, coordinating event registration, compiling a biweekly E-News, helping with communications, and website maintenance in addition to other general office administration. Jessi previously held positions as a Youth Support Specialist at Easterseals New Hampshire and as an intern at Family Promise of Greater Concord. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and German from University of Vermont, and is currently earning her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Psychology from Johnson and Wales University. In her free time, Jessi enjoys running, painting, and spending quality time with her black tabby cat named Ginger.
Archivist, Elizabeth Rotch
Retired Clergy Representatives, The Rev. Canon Randy Dales & Lynn Tyler
Unless otherwise noted, staff may be reached at the Bishop’s Office:
603-224-1914, or 1-800-995-1914 (in-state). FAX: 603-225-7884