Pastors, Elders & Staff
Craig and Karen Morton-PastorsCraig Morton was born in 1967 in Michigan, where he spent the first eighteen years of his life. In high school, he became a follower of Jesus Christ while attending a Salvation Army church. Craig attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1989, majoring in Religion. Craig had success playing football at Dartmouth and went on to play professionally after graduation. He spent several years in information systems management at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center before becoming a full-time pastor. He has his Masters of Divinity degree from Regent University.
Karen Morton was born in 1965 in Wisconsin. Karen resided in both Wisconsin and Tennessee during her younger years. In high school, she became a follower of Jesus Christ while attending a Presbyterian church. Karen attended Dartmouth College and graduated in 1988, majoring in Romance Languages.
Craig and Karen were married in 1989. They have four children and reside in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
Craig and Karen pastored Crossroads Christian Center in Lebanon from 2004-2008 before coming to Wellspring. Their passion is to pastor a vibrant community of people who love God and want to grow in their spiritual life.
Rob and Mary Merchand-EldersRob and Mary both grew up in the Upper Valley, graduating from Hartford High School. They met in 1971 and were married in 1974. Rob received his associates degree from Franklin Institute in Boston, MA, and started his own business, Merchand Brothers Garage, in 1977,which he continues to operate with his brother. They have three adult daughters: Amber, Sera, and Rachel. Mary currently works at Wellspring Worship Center as the Financial and Operations Administrator, starting her career in 1987 teaching in the Christian School where their three daughters attended. Rob and Mary were ordained as elders in 2011.
Tim and Meg Pillsbury-EldersTim and Meg Pillsbury were born in Rhode Island and New Jersey, respectively. Tim gave his life to Jesus Christ in high school, Meg, her sophomore year of college. Both were Class of 1980 at Dartmouth College. Self-employed, Tim is an electrical and software engineering consultant. The Pillsburys are a homeschooling family with seven children. Jesus continues to be the source and strength of their lives.
Mary Merchand-Financial and Operations ManagerMary Merchand is an Upper Valley native and has worked for many years in the ministry here. Currently, she serves as the Secretary/Treasurer of Wellspring Worship Center and oversees Wellspring's Financial and Facilities Administration. Mary started her ministry career in 1987 and has held various positions over the years, including: teacher's aide and teacher at a Christian school for 16 years, Assistant Principal for 4 of those years, church and school bookkeeper and Church Financial Administrator.
Mary has been married to her husband Rob since 1974 and they have three grown daughters. Mary and Rob were ordained as elders at Wellspring in 2011. They also oversee the Ushers, Greeters, Communion and Prayer Team Ministries at Wellspring.
Mary's passion is connecting to God through intercessory prayer. As leader of the Prayer Team Ministries, she regularly prays for people and disseminates prayer needs throughout the church.