Senior Pastor

Rev. Neil Wilson and his wife Donna.

Neil and his wife Donna both grew up in Maine and in the Congregational Church. Although they left New England, they have never wavered from their faith as members of the Congregational Church.  (Their allegiance to New England professional sports teams has also remained intact!) They have a son with a family in Indiana and a daughter whose family lives outside of Portland, Maine. They have expressed that moving to the Laconia area feels like a chance to come home.
    While it took Neil a few years to be sure of his calling, he worked as the owner of a successful logging business in Maine. He subsequently began to work part-time as a licensed pastor and attended Earlham School of Religion in Indiana. He graduated in 1998 with a Master’s Degree in Divinity and was ordained that year. He became the Senior Pastor of a United Church of Christ congregation in Indiana, following this spent two years with the Maine Sea Coast Mission. Most recently served as the Senior Pastor of First Congregational Church in Charlevoix, Michigan where he served for the eleven years.

Associate Pastor


Rev. Paula Gile

Paula Gile was called to serve as the Associate Pastor of the Congregational Church of Laconia in December, 2010.  

She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Eastern Conn. State College; a M.S. in Education – Counseling from Western Conn. State University and a M. Div. from Andover Newton Theological School.
Paula and her husband Bill moved to the Lakes Region from Colchester, Vermont.  They have two grown children.  Paula loves boating, reading, and eating out with friends and family.

Office Administrator

Camille Gibson

Camille manages the day to day life of our busy church office. She lives in Meredith. She is crazy about tennis, running, kayaking and swimming. She runs a small business designing knit wear for babies and small children.


Financial Secretary

Carolyn Jorgensen

Carolyn  works closely with the church Treasurer to make sure all things financial are taken care of. 
She lives in Lakeport across from Lake Opechee. In the summer you can find her at her beach, golfing ,hiking, reading, gardening and spending time with family, most importantly her daughter Alivia and Great Niece Lyllah


Chuck Laurent

Director of Music

   K. Robert Bengtson
Organist and Choir Director, Bob Bengtson’s musical training began with the piano, clarinet
and trombone in elementary school.  A church organist since high school, his formal studies began with Helen Stone; culminating with both the Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.  His teachers at Hartt included John Holtz as well as Harmon Lewis and Leonard Raver.  For ten years, Bob was with the Austin Organ Company of Hartford, Connecticut, and for twenty years he served as Director of Camp Mowglis on Newfound Lake in Hebron, New Hampshire where he is now the Director Emeritus.

Bell Choir Director

Chandra Hazelton