Clergy & Staff

Rev. Justin HowardRector   email:  justin@idachurch.comJustin and Amy have six amazingly creative and energetic boys: Josiah, Simeon, Judah, Elijah, Aidan and Noel who fill their lives with wild joy. Justin was born in Queens and raised in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Having earned his BA in Religion and Ministry at Houghton College, Justin went on to study at Asbury and Gordon-Conwell Theological seminaries and finished his seminary education at Trinity School for Ministry.  Longing for a place where the Scriptural, Sacramental, and Spirit-filled facets of his faith experience could converge and find full expression, Justin found his home in the Anglican way as an ordained Priest. Justin enjoys his wood-stove, chasing his boys, reading and tea with his wife, theological conversations, and watching the Holy Spirit transform lives.

 

 
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Amy Howard, Lay Pastor    email:  amy@idachurch.com

Amy grew up in Bangor and received her Bachelor of Music in vocal performance at the Greatbatch School of Music, at Houghton College. Having met both the third member of the Trinity as well as the president of the theological society (Justin) during her Sophomore year at Houghton, she traded in Brahms for the prayer room, and quiet Sunday afternoons for family life with six kiddos.  Amy is a Lay Pastor and oversees Encounters and healing prayer at Imago Dei.  She has trained over a hundred prayer ministers in New England from various Christian traditions.  She is a licensed Spiritual Director for the Anglican Diocese in New England and was trained by Christian Healing Ministries in whole-person healing.  Amy’s goal is fulfilling the first and greatest commandment during her lifetime.

 
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Rev. Tom Gilbert, Deacon   email: tom@idachurch.com

Tom spent ten years in the Episcopal Church serving as a deacon before being received in the ACNA to serve with Imago Dei. He has been married for 42 years and lives in Pittsfield with his three children and 7 grand-children. Tom retired from a career as a civil engineer after 41 years in the field; he now spends his time volunteering as chaplain at Sebasticook Valley Hospital in Pittsfield, where he also serves as a volunteer community member on a Patient Safety and Quality Committee.

 
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Scott DeLongParish Administrator email: parishadmin@idachurch.com

Scott lives with his wife Kelsey, son Espen & excitable labrador Ginny in Old Town. He received a BS in Science Education from the University of Maine in 2013, but after experiencing transformation and healing through prayer ministry and discipleship, Scott found a family and vocation in the vibrant community of Imago Dei with its Spirit-filled Anglican identity. He admittedly has too many books, is in moderate denial about his selfie-taking problem, and neither he nor his stored-away canoe are happy with the state of their current relationship. Stop into his office and he'll make you a fresh cup of tea or extra-strong french press coffee. 

 
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Demelza RamirezTeam Leader for ImagoKid’s Communication & Family Development email: demelza@idachurch.com

Demelza has been attending Imago Dei since 2015. She received a BS in Professional Writing from Taylor University in Indiana in 2014. She now works as the Marketing Director and Executive Assistant at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor. In her spare time Demelza participates in community theater through the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Maine and is a member of the local barony of the Society for Creative Anachronism where she is an active combat archer for the the North Tower Infantry. Demelza is in her second year of studies for a Master of Divinity. 

 
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Nicole FinleyTeam Leader for Children's Formation & ImagoKids Team Development email: nicole@idachurch.com

Nicole grew up in the Bangor area and has been involved with Imago Dei for the past 6+ years. Not long after graduating from Eastern Maine Community College in 2009 with an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, she attended her first Encounter God weekend and was completely transformed by God’s overwhelming love and was given a new outlook on life. This January, Nicole will finish her final course in EMCC’s Early Childhood Education program. Since she started that journey in 2013, she has been involved with the children’s ministry at Imago Dei and still desires to see each child encounter the Good Shepherd. Nicole also serves on the Parish Council as a Member-at-Large. Any spare time that Nicole may find, she is usually napping, baking yummy treats, or spending time with her family and friends.

 

Ministry Leaders

 
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Matthew Fleming, Organist   email: msf.matt@gmail.com

Matthew lives with his wife Kayla and two children in Winterport, Maine. Originally heralding from the Katahdin Region, Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Accounting at the University of Maine. He currently works in Bangor as an Accounting Manager. Matthew has spent more than half of his life serving as an organist and pianist at various churches throughout Maine and has focused his musical studies on the great hymns of the Church. With passion for liturgy, theology, and encountering Christ in beauty, Matthew is blessed to have found a home in the Anglican way, where the transcendence and immanence of God are both intentionally emphasized. 

 

Douglas E. Towle, Celebrate Recovery Ministry Leader  emaild.edmondtowle@gmail.com

Doug and his wife Shanna live in Palmyra, where Doug serves as a Home and Community Treatment (HCT) clinical therapist, serving families in their own homes. Doug was born in Manchester, NH, and served as a United States Marine. While working as a truck driver, Doug was called to ministry, and in 2005 he began his post-secondary education at Grace Evangelical College & Seminary, earning his A.A. in Christian Ministry in 2009 and his B.A. in Biblical Studies in 2011.  Upon completion of his studies, he began pastoral ministry by providing counseling to church members and serving as a counseling resource to area pastors. In 2015, he completed his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Husson University. He is conditionally licensed by the state of Maine as a clinical professional counselor (LCPC-c) and is certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

 

Missionaries

Beth Fisher, Intern Guide - Lifelines

Sent from Imago Dei Anglican Church to reach college students on New Hampshire campuses though the ministry of Lifelines (a subset of Cru.) When not guiding for Lifelines, she can be found practicing photography or whitewater kayaking!

 
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Rev. Piper Runnion-Bareford, Church Planter at Incarnation Anglican Church

Piper answered God’s call to serve at Imago Dei in 2014, where she spend the following four years as Assistant Pastor developing Imago’s current children’s ministry, discipling leaders that make disciples, and helping establish core systems as the church grew. In July of 2018, Piper answered another call to plant a new church - Incarnation Anglican - in Manchester, NH and Imago Dei commissioned her for this exciting new work! Piper earned a bachelor of music in harp performance from Curtis Institute of Music and a Master of Divinity with a focus in evangelism from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Piper loves to worship and lives to see lives transformed by the healing love of Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit. In obedience to the LORD’s call she is a Priest in the Anglican Church, and deeply enjoys being able to teach, worship and play, especially with those under the age of ten.


Parish Council Members

Trevor Gordon, Senior Warden

Aaron Watt, Junior Warden

Lynne Dumont, Treasurer

Demelza Ramirez, Clerk

George Phelps, Member-at-Large

Nicole Finley, Member-at-Large

Ashley Nute, Member-at-Large