BFNE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Terry Dorsett
During his decades of ministry, Terry has served in a wide variety of roles, from staff member at one of the South’s largest churches to pastor of a rural Vermont church that had less than 30 congregants when he arrived. His ability to relate to people from a variety of backgrounds, along with his experience in leading churches and mission organizations of various sizes, has given Terry a deep well of experience to draw from and the adaptability to help churches and mission organizations move toward positive growth. Since 2015 Terry has served as the Executive Director of both the Baptist Convention of New England and the Baptist Foundation of New England. Under his leadership, the endowments at the Foundation have grown by 30%.
Pastor & Former Accountant
Kyle was born in southern Alabama and earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in accounting from Auburn University. After completing his studies, Kyle worked in the audit practice of Ernst & Young, LLP, for ten years. During his tenure with EY, he provided accounting services to a variety of public and private companies ranging in size from $250 million to over $11 billion in revenues and ranging across industries such as technology, communications, insurance and investments. Kyle has served as pastor at Gallup Hill Baptist Church in Ledyard, CT, since 2014. He is married and has four daughters.
Rev. Efrain Lopez
Educator & Pastor
Efrain holds a master’s degree from Fairfield University. He previously worked for the Special Education Department in Massachusetts as a special needs coordinator for more than 20 years. Today Efrain serves in the Special Education Department in the city of Somerville as a translator and interpreter. In addition to his secular jobs, Efrain has an extensive background in ministry. He began working for the Baptist Convention of New England in 1985 as a church planter in Norwalk, CT, and has pastored Lynn Hispanic Baptist Church since 2010. He also serve other Spanish-speaking pastors as a mentor and counselor.
Pastor & Former Businessman
Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University prior to entering the United States Army as an officer in 1974. Following military service, he worked in engineering and management positions in the printing and paper converting industry for 19 years and then established an engineering and management consulting business that he managed for 12 years. Receiving God’s call to pastoral ministry later in life, he completed his Master of Ministry, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Theology degrees from Covington Theological Seminary. Steve currently serves as the pastor of Seacoast Community Church in Portsmouth, NH.
Certified Financial Planner
South Windsor, CT
With 25 years of professional experience, Sweyden is an independent Charles Schwab franchisee owner. He helps clients create a personalized financial plan that includes providing investing guidance. He is a certified financial planner who has a Master’s in Business Administration, Series 4, 6, 7, 24, 53, 63, 65 Securities Licenses and Life & Variable Annuity Insurance License, as well as a member of the South Windsor and Tolland County Chambers of Commerce and on the Board of Directors for the South Windsor Chamber of Commerce. Sweyden serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Manchester, CT.
Jewel serves as president of her own company, JaMedia, Inc., where she assists businesses in elevating their brands and provides consulting from conception to completion. JaMedia also writes, produces and directs clients in most platforms of media and specializes in helping small businesses, churches and non-profits. Jewel is a member of her local church and helps organizes a New England-wide women’s retreat each year. Her infectious enthusiasm for life carries over into everything she does.
Pastor & Commercial Real Estate Developer
Dan came to Boston in 1977 to attend Boston University. He encountered God in the summer of 1978 as a door-to-door dictionary salesman! Dan married Kathy in 1981, and they have eight children. While working in commercial real estate, Dan felt called to ministry. He received his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1987 and has served as pastor of Cambridgeport Baptist Church since March 2000.
Corporate Vice President
Mike was born in Connersville, IN, and was raised in church by dedicated Christian parents. He became a follower of Christ at age nine and has served the church in many roles, including youth ministry, teaching, small group leader and elder. In 1981 he married his high school sweetheart, Kathy; graduated with his BS in chemical engineering; and joined Procter & Gamble. Today Mike is Vice President of Product Supply for P&G Grooming and oversees 15 sites in 14 countries, including the manufacturing and supply chain responsibilities for all Gillette, Venus and Braun products worldwide. He is a member of South Shore Baptist Church in Hingham, MA. He and Kathy have three children and four grandchildren.
Retired Engineer & Consultant
Vermont & Alabama
Robert was born and raised in Alabama. He retired from General Motors after serving in several engineering and quality control positions and went on to work for Management Methods, Inc., an international consulting company. Robert has served as a lay leader in Alabama Southern Baptist Churches for all of his adult life. For the past three years he has lived in New England for half of the year, working with the Baptist Convention of New England and encouraging pastors. He is a member of East Randolph Baptist Church in Vermont.
Markes Wilson holds an MBA from Notre Dame and has built a career in healthcare administration. He has served as the Director of Specialty services at ProHealth Physicians in Connecticut since 2015 and previously spent 11 years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. Markes and his wife, Julie, along with their three children are part of a church plant in Windsor, CT. Mark is passionate about the spiritual health of churches and being a part of Gospel growth, planting and revitalization efforts in New England and byeond.