ADL workers on the Earth plane are carefully chosen to be helpers of the Organization of Light.
We are grateful to the dedication of our Board of Trustees, committee members, and all of our volunteers. Without their guidance and service we could not bring the degree of Love and Light to the Earth plane that we currently achieve.
Current ADL Board of Trustees
Rev. John P. Kowalchyk
Chapel #2000 (Ripple Effect Spiritual Therapies), East Nassau, NY
John Kowalchyk along with his wife, Heidi are Alliance of Divine Love Ministers, Reiki Masters, Sound Therapists and Drum Circle Facilitators who have been called to follow a spiritual path and guide others along their spiritual journey. It is their passion to offer opportunities and encouragement to people to open them selves to the Divine Love within. As ordained ministers, they are the Founders of Ripple Effect Spiritual Therapies, a ministry focused on energy-healing. They offer programs and retreats virtually and hopefully again at their home retreat center in East Nassau, New York (20 miles east of Albany, NY) and venues throughout the country. Areas of interest include: Reiki, Meditation, Spiritual Talks on Facebook Live, A Course in Miracles Study Group, Drum Circles, Mentoring ADL ministerial students, Women's Empowerment and Spiritual Counseling.
Rev. Dr. Barbara Rothwell
Chapel #28, Portage, WI
I became an ADL minister in 1976, (Chapel 28), and received my DDMS in 2019. I have enjoyed the journey through the years, as ADL has grown and expanded, always pursuing the greatest degree of love through the sharing of our knowledge and perspectives.
Throughout the years with ADL, I pursued several professional careers while maintaining my affliction with those in need of spiritual healing and guidance. Upon retirement I have been able to devote the majority of my time grief/loss and spiritual counseling following the principals upon which ADL was founded.
In 2013, I opened the Creative Visual Workshop as a way to share the knowledge that is inside each of us. We all have ways in which to be creative and to reach out to others, sharing not only what we have learned along our personal journey and interaction with others, but as a way in which to learn more of what the light of the Divine Spirit has made available to all, and to let those vibrations resonate through each of us.
Rev. Michelle “Miche” Restaino
Chapel #1810, Albuquerque, NM
I was ordained on April 16, 2011 by Rev. Dr. Nancy Ash. The early years of my life were strongly influenced by my parents who I affectionately describe as being maverick Christians. As part of my upbringing, they taught me in words and by example to be an enthusiastic spiritual explorer, to find my own answers, and to act from a heart of compassion and joy. This has served me well throughout my life as I have developed a great love of the endless ways in which humanity has strived to regain, maintain, and strengthen its understanding of and connection with the Divine. Through my personal explorations of various religious traditions, as well as, my university education in Communications Through Culture and Religion, I have realized that underneath the apparent differences of most religious perspectives lies the same foundational idea – that of Divine Love.
Additionally, about seven years ago, I began to realize that the only true satisfaction for me would involve helping others on their individual and unique journeys toward healing and awakening to their oneness with the Divine which is, as we all know, Love. When I first learned of Alliance of Divine Love through my friend and neighbor, Rev. Dr. Nancy Ash back in 2010, I immediately resonated with its teachings and quickly realized that being an ADL minister was a natural next step on my path of spiritual growth and of service to the Divine and to humanity. The idea of thinking, speaking and acting from the greatest degree of Love for the greatest good of all, is such a simple yet profound Truth.
The training I have received through the Alliance of Divine Love has reinforced so much of what I already knew within me, and has helped to clarify many powerful ideas within my heart and mind. I am so very grateful for this aspect of my awakening and desire very much to give back to ADL and to be able to insure as many people as possible have the opportunity to discover and explore these teachings for their greatest good. Serving on the Board of Trustees will be a great opportunity allowing me to meet both of these objectives.
Rev. Estelle Thibodeau
Chapel #2086, St. Augustine, Florida
Rev. Dr. Peg Gordon
Chapel #537, Windham, ME
I would Like to Participate on the Alliance of Divine Love Board of Trustee’s.
In April 2000, I was ordained into the Alliance of Divine Love by Rev. Dr. Barbara Hanshaw. In September 2011 I received my DDMS. When I took the Oath of the Rose, I fully understood my obligation to the Alliance of Divine Love. I feel we are in a time of transition. My Love, knowledge and experience will help the ministry as we move into our next phase. There is a need for more education, support and guidance for our ministers and mentors. I am dedicated to pursuing these needs.
Barbara was the Secretary from the very beginning and a founder of the Ministry. She had called on me for assistance many times after my Ordination. I served as the Florida Board after being ordained right up to when I moved to Maine. I had the honor of being the Florida board president for many years. I served as Rev. Dr. Hanshaw’s assistant while she was alive. After the death of Barbara, I served as the administrator and Secretary during the beginning transition and stayed in that position for 2 years. I ran several conferences and assisted in many more. Currently I’m a part of the Education committee. I have recently ordained a minister and have 2 Doctoral students. Mentoring for the Alliance of Divine Love and participating with other minister has enriched my life and spirituality. It is my mission to also enrich the lives of others.
Rev. Dr. Carrie Hinson
Chapel #1600, Orlando, FL
I would like to continue serving the ADL community in whatever role the Holy Spirit has for me. I am an asset to the Board due to my background in Board operations and management.
I have a background in legal, document review and Board operations in Florida. As a Licensed Community Association Manager, I am also aware of and accustomed to using parliamentary procedures at meetings. I am skilled in note taking and in meeting minutes. I have a strong background in budgeting, fiscal projections and reserve funding. My background is in mental health counseling and management. I am a well rounded candidate who is able to deliver on the best of the spiritual and physical world.
Rev. Tony Gogue
Chapel #2056, Hendersonville, NC
Hi, I'm Brother Tony. I spent the first 34 years of my life in the military (watching my father's career, and then entering the Army myself). Although, I'm grateful for the many countries, cultures, religions, and people I've met through the military experience, I chose to lay down weapons of destruction and harm. Instead, I utilize the greater powers of peace, love, harmony, unity, and self-empowerment - all for the Greatest Degree of Love and the highest good for all creation.
Originally raised as a Catholic, I’ve always felt this need to go beyond religion. I now serve as an interfaith minister, mixing practices of various faiths to obtain the ultimate experience that the Divine teaches me at any given moment. My primary influences are Paramahansa Yoganada, Anandamayi Ma (a.k.a. Jai Ma), and Peace Pilgrim. Additionally, I explore any other form of the Divine shown to me in visions and dreams, so I may understand aspects I need to learn for myself and for others. Since reaching higher levels of enlightenment and consciousness, I truly see the Divine in EVERYTHING - through the oneness in ALL creation. I now use my experience in education, management, and leadership to help others to find and empower their true Selves, so they may find Love and peace along their life path.