Rick Bower (Elder)
Rick and Beth have been married 35 years. They are blessed to have 3 adult children who love Jesus. Megan, and husband Pastor Jason Wood, as well as 3 grandchildren (JJ, Audrey & Lieam), live in Louisiana. Brendan and wife Nicole, and Tim live nearby. Our son Kevin is waiting for us to join him in heaven. Rick works as a project manager for Barlow Architectural Millwork serving the Boston area and beyond. Pa Bear and Grammy enjoy time with family especially the grandkids, exploring for lighthouses on the coast, cooking together, playing games, doing puzzles and eating out. Rick and Beth have been members of the Southside family for more than 20 years. Rick and Beth have overseen the Awana Ministry for 20 plus years. A teacher by trade, Rick has taught Sunday school at the youth and adult levels, shared his heart from the pulpit on occasion, served as deacon, elder, janitor, renovation team leader, participated in local missions and outreach projects, and other special projects at Southside.
Rory Picaut (Elder)
Rory and Rachel have been married for 25 years, and have 3 amazing kids: Jacob (15), Kyle (17) , and Samantha (19). In 1999, Rachel received her CPA license and heard the Lord’s calling soon after to stay at home and home school their children while serving at Southside as their Bookkeeper since 2001. Although professionally Rory is a mailman, he has served at Southside and in the community as a deacon, coach, cook, and teacher. His specialty, however, is in sarcasm. As a family, they enjoy serving in as many ways as possible. Although they tend to gravitate to the youth in their surroundings, they are always thrilled to hear the wisdom and stories of our more “mature” brothers and sisters in Christ. Cards, games, and sports are a favorite past-time of the Picaut family. They look forward to serving in the years to come.
Dave (Elder) and Pat (Deacon) Raiche
Dave received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1983, and has been a member of Southside Bible Fellowship for the last thirty-five years. He has served in this local body faithfully, in a variety of roles: elder, deacon, part of the R2D2 team for the building addition, the elevator construction, and other projects over the years.
Dave and Pat have been married for forty-four years, and have three grown children, and two grandchildren. Family time is important to Dave and Pat. They feel blessed to have their granddaughters and two of their children live nearby, providing many opportunities to spend time together.
Dave has worked for ProCon, Inc. for thirty-seven years. His interests include: duck hunting, British cars (which always need TLC), building construction of any kind, and canoeing. He is looking forward to a “semi” retirement in the next several years.
Pat recently retired from the Bedford school system. She is looking forward to spending time with her granddaughters and planning renovations to “the shack”, which will be their retirement home. Currently Pat administers the SBF Deacons’ Fund, facilitates the women’s Sunday School class, teaches in Children’s Church, and volunteers with Straight Ahead Ministries at the YSC.
Ken Mason (Elder)
Ken and his wife Ruth-Ellen have lived in Manchester for five years after raising their three daughters in near-by Hampstead. Both were born in New York and raised in Pennsylvania. They met in High School Youth Group and married in 1977, they moved to NH in 1981.
Ken trusted Christ as Savior at age seventeen at a youth outreach meeting. Prior to Southside, Ken’s service at Calvary Bible Church spanned more than thirty years and allowed him to serve in various teaching (Men, Adults, Senior High, and Grief Processing) and leadership roles. More recently (since 2015) Ken and Ruth-Ellen have attended and served here at Southside. Ken teaches an Adult Sunday School Class, serves on the Pastoral Search Team, and is one of our Pulpit Supply stand-ins.
Ken was educated at Bucks County Community College (Marketing) and Philadelphia College of Bible (Pastoral Studies) The bulk of Ken’s industrial career was spent in the Capital Equipment segment of the Semiconductor Industry, marketing large manufacturing systems. Since October 2015 Ken has worked at Merrimack Street Volvo, enjoying a little more spare time for his passions and interests.
Ken says “Without question my greatest gift is Ruth-Ellen”, together they have three daughters and six grandchildren,
Ken’s leadership outlook is pretty simple – look to the people on your right and on your left and ask “how can I help?”
Frank (Deacon) & Carmen (Deacon) Biron
Frank & Carmen have been married for 35 years and have two adult sons, Christopher and Gregory. Frank is a CPA and President of Melanson Heath CPAs. At Southside, Frank and Carmen serve as Deacons, facilitate adult Sunday school classes and both enjoy updating the messages on the church sign. Frank also is the Treasurer, overseeing the church’s budget and financing. Carmen loves to decorate, landscape and serve where needed at church events. Frank enjoys hunting and fishing. In our spare time, we love to travel to our little piece of paradise in sunny Florida and walk along the sandy beach and reflect on how great our God is and how much He’s blessed our lives.
Bob (Roby) Robitaille (Deacon)
Roby & and Joyce share 11 children (8 his, 3 hers). Roby is retired now from his work as a self-employed insurance examiner. He has served as a Deacon for many years overseeing the church’s insurance affairs, then as a Trustee responsible for the building/maintenance matters of our church. He is passionate about his volunteer work with Hospice, NAMI and a singing ministry for seniors with Joyce. For fun, Roby enjoys kayaking and hiking.
Wayne Brigham (Deacon)
Wayne & Cheryl have been married for over 50 years and have three adult children Kenneth, Kimberly and Kevin. They have been members of SBF for about fifteen years. Wayne has served in Awana, as a greeter, usher and part of the trustee team. He oversaw the heating plant installation when the new addition was added. In his spare time he likes to tinker with mechanical objects, take long walks with Cheryl, and really enjoys working outside in warm or hot weather.
Ralph DeVitto (Deacon)
Ralph and Debbie have been married 42 years. They have three adult children and six grandchildren. Ralph is employed at CMC’s Health Care for the Homeless as a Community Health Care Worker and Program Assistant. In his spare time he loves to bass fish. He serves on the Local Missions Team and will chair the newly formed SBF Safety Committee. Debbie is an AWANA Leader, serves on the Local Missions Team and organizes and maintains the church library.
Lucille Gosselin (Deacon)
Lucille and her husband, Gary, have been married for 39 years. They have 2 adult children, as well as twin granddaughters (Savannah & Madison, 12 years old). Lucille helps in the SBF office, especially when our Administrative Assistant is away/sick. She enjoys spending time with her sisters, knitting, crocheting, and doing craft projects. Lucille serves in Children’s Ministry and Nursery, as well as being an AWANA Leader. Recently she has taken on overseeing Missions at SBF, and will oversee the new Social Committee. She has been at SBF for 15 years.