“Currently, we have four generations that link our family to this church,” she said. “My journey began as an infant when I was baptized by Reverend Raymond Wixon, and I grew up participating in Sunday School and singing in the youth choir.”
She also was part of GCC’s youth group where she took part in community service activities, analyzed bible verses, and “had fun participating in community events.” “During those years, I was able to interact with a variety of church members, and it was nice to know that I had a church family I could rely on,” she said.
Currently, McLane has an eight year-old son who participates in GCC’s Sunday school and youth events. “It brings joy to my heart to see him comfortable and experiencing wonderful opportunities the church has provided for him over the years,” she added.
Regarding her interest in the position, McLane cited her care regarding the youth in the Gilford Community. “I want to provide families with opportunities that will be memorable for them,” she said. “I want to help and guide children and youth on their faith journeys in a safe and positive environment.”
Previous to joining GCC’s staff, McLane has worked at Gilford Middle School for seventeen years where she is currently the Physical Education and Health Teacher. Past-President and Awards Chair for the New Hampshire Association of Physical Education Recreation and Dance (NHAHPERD), McLane was awarded Teacher of the Year for Middle School Physical Education in 2018. In 2020, she was awarded Eastern District Teacher of the Year in 2020, while she received the Denise Maslakowski Education Award from Plymouth State University in 2022.
McLane’s educational background includes a Bachelors of Science in Physical Education, Master’s in Health Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Athletic Administration from Plymouth State University.
In looking to the future at GCC as director of children and youth programs, McLane cited several initial priorities, some of which include organizing and leading Confirmation classes and serving as Sunday School teacher. Other priorities relate to her vision for her role.
“I want to work closely with the staff of Gilford Community Church to provide a safe place where individuals can express and learn about their faith,” she said.” I want to develop relationships with families and members of the church and to include and connect with Village Nursery School families…I also want to serve as a role model for GCC youth.”
Located in Gilford, NH, Gilford Community Church (GCC) is an inclusive, open community with a broadly ecumenical spirit that welcomes people from all denominational and cultural backgrounds. Sunday service takes place at 10 a.m. at 19 Potter Hill Rd., Gilford, NH and is also available on a livestream feed on GCC’s Facebook page.