Development Team

Mike Davis has over 35 years of ministry experience serving congregations as pastor and most recently as district superintendent.  His training includes: new church starts, coaching, Bowen Family Systems, congregational development, spiritual direction, mentoring, conflict resolution and group process.    Recently retired from parish ministry he is coaching pastors and congregations as well as leading mission trips to Guatemala.  Mike's involvement with HopeGateWay began from its inception, serving as district superintendent from 2005-2013.

Mike Davis has over 35 years of ministry experience serving congregations as pastor and most recently as district superintendent.  His training includes: new church starts, coaching, Bowen Family Systems, congregational development, spiritual direction, mentoring, conflict resolution and group process.    Recently retired from parish ministry he is coaching pastors and congregations as well as leading mission trips to Guatemala.  Mike's involvement with HopeGateWay began from its inception, serving as district superintendent from 2005-2013.

Allen Ewing-Merrill, one of the co-pastors of HopeGateWay, loves music, art, good coffee, all things chocolate, traveling, and laughing with friends. A native Mainer, he has served rural and suburban churches, but he feels most alive in Portland's urban context, where he sees God profoundly at work in sidewalk conversations, coffee shops, community meals, and the diversity of this inclusive Christian community. He loves experimenting with new ways of connecting with God through worship, dreaming about the future of the church, and the creative exchange of ideas between learners.

Allen Ewing-Merrill, one of the co-pastors of HopeGateWay, loves music, art, good coffee, all things chocolate, traveling, and laughing with friends. A native Mainer, he has served rural and suburban churches, but he feels most alive in Portland's urban context, where he sees God profoundly at work in sidewalk conversations, coffee shops, community meals, and the diversity of this inclusive Christian community. He loves experimenting with new ways of connecting with God through worship, dreaming about the future of the church, and the creative exchange of ideas between learners.

Sara Ewing-Merrill, one of the co-pastors of HopeGateWay, grew up in the South and on the Prairie but now finds herself quite at home in New England for the past 10 years.  She has pastoral experience in various church settings from large suburban to small village churches, she believes churches in all settings long to be more than they are.  She enjoys sharing the experiences that she and Allen have learned from during their 7 years in Portland serving HopeGateWay.

Sara Ewing-Merrill, one of the co-pastors of HopeGateWay, grew up in the South and on the Prairie but now finds herself quite at home in New England for the past 10 years.  She has pastoral experience in various church settings from large suburban to small village churches, she believes churches in all settings long to be more than they are.  She enjoys sharing the experiences that she and Allen have learned from during their 7 years in Portland serving HopeGateWay.

Evelyn Johnson Moore has been a parish consultant for over 20 years.  She actually likes working with churches experiencing conflict, believing that new possibilities may emerge at such times.  Shortly after moving to Maine, she joined the HopeGateWay community and chairs the Church Council (governing board) among other things.  

Evelyn Johnson Moore has been a parish consultant for over 20 years.  She actually likes working with churches experiencing conflict, believing that new possibilities may emerge at such times.  Shortly after moving to Maine, she joined the HopeGateWay community and chairs the Church Council (governing board) among other things.  

Wanda Stahl is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice and co-director of the Contextual Education program at Boston University School of Theology. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute's programs in Personal Spiritual Direction and Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats. Wanda has been part of the HopeGateWay community since 2007 and currently chairs the Discipleship Formation Team.

Wanda Stahl is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor of Contextual Theology and Practice and co-director of the Contextual Education program at Boston University School of Theology. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute's programs in Personal Spiritual Direction and Leading Contemplative Prayer Groups and Retreats. Wanda has been part of the HopeGateWay community since 2007 and currently chairs the Discipleship Formation Team.

Ben Yosua-Davis

Ben Yosua-Davis

Laura Hamilton  

Laura Hamilton