Drew joined The Root Cellar in November 2017. After 35 years as a business executive, during which he and his family were Root Cellar supporters and volunteers, he is excited to apply his gifts to help our neighbors in need. Drew and his wife Christine live in Gorham and have four children and five grandchildren.
Director, Lewiston & Portland
Joel has 10+ years experience working with refugee and at - risk youth populations in Clarkson, GA and Cambridge & Boston, MA. In 2009, Joel implemented the Bridging the Gap Juvenile Diversion program in Boston, serving nearly 100 juvenile offenders annually. Joel is a graduate of Liberty University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Religion with a concentration in Intercultural Studies. He came to The Root Cellar in Lewiston in 2012. Joel and his lovely wife Hilary live in Wales, ME raising 3 beautiful, stubborn and energy filled daughters.
Portland Adult Ministry Coordinator
Peggy has served on staff at Zion Bible Institute, Faith Temple, First Assembly of God Church in Portland and for the past 14 years at The Root Cellar. She enjoys inner city ministry, community building and the cross-cultural experiences The Root Cellar offers. During the summer you will find her enjoying the beautiful surf at Maine's beaches.
Portland F.A.N.N. Coordinator
Portland Children's Ministry Coordinator
Christine has been on staff at The Root Cellar since 2006. With an extensive background in international missions, Christine is right in her element in this very multi-cultural, multi-national part of the city. She is also a great bird enthusiast and loves to spend hours kayaking or hiking in Maine's beautiful outdoors. She and her husband, Carlton, live in Limerick and have two adult sons.
Lewiston Youth Programs Coordinator - Mentoring, Super Summer, Mission Teams
In 2011 after completing high school, I took a hop, skip and a jump from San Diego, where I was born and raised, to Lewiston to attend Bates College, where I majored in Chemistry, Psychology, soccer and track. Jesus and our kiddos downtown tugged on my heart to stay after graduation and it has brought me great joy to continue to call Lewiston home and serve here over the last six years. I have enjoyed learning about God alongside His children through working, playing, growing and gathering together as He transforms our lives and we discover our place in His story. Plain and simple, I just love the Lew!
Portland Children's & Teen Ministry Coordinator
Sean and his wife Arricka recently felt called by God to move into the Munjoy Hill neighborhood where they have a passion to serve especially the youth. Sean's heart and testimony have had a great effect on the Children's Programs at The Root Cellar!
Lewiston Programs Coordinator - Project Rooted, Teen Mentoring and F.A.N.N.
Zach and his wife Monika felt God leading them to move into downtown Lewiston in the summer of 2014. He started volunteering at The Root Cellar and quickly developed a love for the community and being a part of the work that God is doing within the neighborhood. In 2016 God provided the opportunity for Zach to come on staff. His current responsibilities revolve around running the Friends and Neighbors Network food programs, Project Rooted (our juvenile diversion program), and other teen programming. It is his desire to raise his family to live, serve and worship within the community that God has called them to.
Portland Dental Clinic and Pediatric Clinic Coordinator
Colleen joined The Root Cellar in February of 2018 as the Dental Clinic Coordinator. She is a Dental Hygienist and comes to us with over 30 years of experience in dental hygiene and dental office managment in pediatrics, adult dentistry and orthodontics. Colleen and her husband Michael reside in Scarborough, Maine. They have three adult daughters who all make their home in southern Maine.
Office Manager & Bookkeeper
Laura has been on staff at The Root Cellar since November 2017, but volunteering in various programs since she moved to Maine in 2003. She was drawn to The Root Cellar because she was reminded of ministries she had worked with in the past and she appreciated The Root Cellar’s focus on the East Bayside Neighborhood. Laura and her husband David (a pastor in Portland) have two daughters EllaAnne and Rosie. And even though none of them are native “Mainers,” they think of Portland as home.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Laura Kelley, Treasurer
Matthew Owen, Executive Chair
Ryan Wingard, Secretary
David Zigler, Vice-Chair