We’re thankful for our incredible board members at the Christian Civic League of Maine. Please hold them up in prayer as they seek the Lord for wisdom and guidance in being effective and faithful.
Lincoln J. Merrill, Jr.
Linc lives in North Yarmouth with his wife of nearly 40 years. They are members of the First Parish Congregational Church of Pownal where he is Moderator and sings in the church choir. He has been an insurance professional since graduating from the University of Southern Maine in 1979 with a B.S. in Business Administration. Linc is President & CEO of Patriot Insurance Company in Yarmouth.
He has a history of community service including positions on the boards of North Yarmouth Academy, the University of New England, Maine Historical Society, North Yarmouth Historical Society, and the United Society of Shakers.
Linc is a former chairman of the North Yarmouth Board of Selectman and currently serves on several town committees. He has an interest in agriculture and land use and is a member of the Cumberland Farmers Club. He co-chaired a successful capital campaign to preserve 1800 acres of land in New Gloucester and Poland that border on Sabbathday Lake and are owned by the Shakers.
He has three adult daughters and three grandchildren.
Scott C. Mitchell
Scott is a small business owner and has served on the Boards of Public Companies, start-up high tech firms, and also for national non-profits and values the role of the CCL in maintaining a leadership role in the continuing public debates revolving around issues of Faith and Politics.
Elaine Bridge is a “County Girl” [Aroostook]; she migrated to Central Maine and taught high school and was a 4-H Club agent before marrying and becoming a full-time mother. She has been active in local and state politics as a school board member, and has served as the treasurer and chairman of the Kennebec County Republican Committee. She’s also been a member of the Republican State Committee and has attended several GOP national conventions. She actively served in her church and in the community as a member of the YMCA Board of Directors.
Elaine and her husband David started supporting the League in the 1960s and worked very closely with longtime Executive Director Ben Bubar. She came on the Board of Directors shortly after Bubar’s retirement and is now serving with her third different Executive Director. Elaine lives just outside of Augusta in Manchester and is the mother of four, grandmother of four and the great grandmother of six.
Sydney earned a B.S. in English Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Pensacola Christian College. She presently teaches at Cornerstone Christian School in Scarborough, and she and her husband, attend Cornerstone Baptist Church in Scarborough.
Amy Bradstreet Arata is a Maine native who attended Temple Academy in Waterville and graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield. She earned a B.S. in Biology at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts and a M.S. in Genetics from the University of California at Davis. While in California, Amy was a board member of the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Woodland and a member of Mark West Neighborhood Church in Windsor. After returning to Maine, Amy and her husband started a real estate investment company. Amy has served as vice chairman of the town of New Gloucester Planning Board and as chairman of the Budget Committee. She is a Deaconess and Sunday school teacher at East Auburn Baptist Church and is an elected member of the MSAD 15 (Gray- New Gloucester) school board. Amy was appointed by Governor LePage and unanimously confirmed by the Maine State Senate to the State Board of Education. Amy and Mike have been married for over 20 years and have an adult son attending college at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, a son attending Gray-New Gloucester High School, and a son attending St. Dominic Academy.
W R Jackson Jr. (Dick) was born in 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and grew up on the outskirts. He spent the war years tending the animals, contributing to the farm, and eventually graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy. In 1948, he obtained an Amateur Radio License as soon as the FCC allowed Amateur Radio Operators back on the air. Having grown up in an engineering environment, and because the Korean war was in full force, he joined the Naval ROTC on a scholarship and went into engineering at Iowa State College and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1955 followed by 3 years active duty flying for the US Navy and 5 years reserve. Upon discharge from USN, he went to work for the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Company, a steel fabricator of bridges, water towers, wind tunnels, space chambers, atomic power plant containment, and the St. Louis Arch. While there he worked in all departments finally ending up as President. During that time, he and Ann (his wife of 60 years) had four children now living in Portland, Colorado, California, and Munich and nine grandchildren.
Upon retirement and moving to Yarmouth, ME, in 1995, he joined numerous organizations including Falmouth Foreside Church, Score, US Power Squadron, Lightship Nantucket, and built a house where he and Ann still reside. One of Dick’s best known accomplishments is founding the Maine Heritage Policy Center in 2002, a think tank which is part of a national conservative network in which he is still very active.
Pastor Todd Bell
Pastor Todd Bell was born on October 20, 1969, in Lakeland, Florida. He and his wife, Amy, have four children, Elisabeth, Benjamin, Cherith and Abigail. Todd was saved at the age six under the preaching of J.B. Buffington in Lakeland, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Theology Degree from Trinity Baptist Bible Institute in Asheville, North Carolina, in May 1994; and was honored with a Doctorate of Divinity from Crown College, in Powell, Tennessee in May 2015.
In 1994, God called Pastor Bell and his family to the state of Maine to plant Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches. After eighteen months of deputation, in January 1996 they moved to East Millinocket, Maine where they started and established the Tri Town Baptist Church. In August 2000, under Pastor Bell’s leadership, the Tri Town Baptist Church started the Church Hill Baptist Church in Augusta, Maine. Since that time the Church Hill Baptist Church has continued planting churches and also is sending preachers out to take struggling churches and bring them back to God honoring churches.
In 1998, God burdened Pastor Bell’s heart for “Reaching the Next Towns”. This burden and vision birthed the Wings with the Word, Inc. aviation ministry. With the use of airplanes, Pastor Bell has been able to start and establish more than one church at time. He also uses the aviation ministry to encourage and edify other Men of God all over the New England area.
In August 2003, the Bell family moved to Sanford, Maine where they started and are currently pastoring the Calvary Baptist Church of Sanford. Under the leadership of Pastor Bell, the Calvary Baptist Church has started the Island Baptist Church on the island of Islesboro, Maine; the First Baptist Church of Jackman in Jackman, Maine; the Providence Baptist Church in Fort Kent, Maine; and the Gospel Light Baptist Church in New Vineyard, Maine. In 2010 God burdened Pastor Bell to start the Sanford Christian Academy.
Brett Baber has practiced law in the State of Maine since 1985. Currently a partner at the Bangor firm of Lanham Blackwell & Baber, Brett’s practice focuses on personal injury and employment discrimination litigation. From 1999 to 2009, Brett served on the Board of Directors for the Maine State Bar Association and was the organization’s President in 2008. In 2009, Brett received the Lew Vafiades Award from the Volunteer Lawyers Project for his vision in developing a legal aid clinic for residents of Penobscot County of limited means.
Brett ran as a Republican candidate for the State Senate in 2016. From 2017 to 2019, Brett served as the chair of the Penobscot County Republican Committee.
Religious and civic involvement is a focal part of Mr. Baber’s life. Brett grew up in the mid-west and the mountain west as a member of the Presbyterian Church. After meeting his wife of 35 years, Gayle, Brett converted to the Roman Catholic Church and moved to Maine in 1980. Brett has been actively involved in the Knight of Columbus religious charity where he served as the local organization’s Grand Knight from 2009 to 2011. Serving as a reader/cantor at Sunday Mass and as a member of the St. John’s Church choir are examples of Brett’s devotion to his faith. Brett has authored various letters to the editor on Pro-Life issues, he has testified in the Legislature on issues of concern to Christians and he is a frequent commentator on religious liberty during his regular radio segment, Legal Briefs, on WVOM radio. He received the 2015 Beacon Award from the Christian Civic League for these efforts.
Brett and Gayle live in Veazie. They are blessed to have four adult children.