Carroll Conley, Jr., an 11th generation Mainer, grew up in north/central Maine where his parents faithfully took him to the United Baptist Church in Milo.
After graduating from Bangor Christian Schools, Carroll attended Pensacola Christian College where he received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education. In 1999, he received a Master of Arts from the University of Maine in Orono in Educational Leadership.
Carroll served in administration and athletics at New Testament Christian School in Norton, MA from 1981-1992. He was Head Master at the School for the last five years.
In 1992, Carroll and his family moved to Maine where he served at Bangor Baptist Ministries as Headmaster, Music Director, and Advancement Director until 2010.
During his tenure as Headmaster of Bangor Christian Schools, Carroll served as the President of the Northeast Principal’s Association and was on the Executive Committee of the Maine Principal’s Association.
In July of 2010, he became the Executive Director of the Christian Civic League of Maine.
Carroll and his wife Teri, married since 1980, have two adult sons. One son has served in the military and the other son currently serves. The Conley’s reside on Pushaw Lake in Glenburn and are active members of Bangor Baptist Church.
We hope these brief biographies of our Board of Directors will acquaint you with these men and women of God who so selflessly devote themselves to the mission of the Christian Civic League of Maine. More importantly, we ask you to hold them up in prayer as they seek the Lord for wisdom and guidance in being effective and faithful to this awesome task.
Pastor Bob Emrich
Bob and Debbie Emrich live in Plymouth, Maine where he has served as Pastor of Emmanuel Bible Baptist Church in Plymouth since 1993. He is the founder and Director of the Maine Jeremiah Project. He is also a board member of Maine Right to Life and represents Maine on the National Right to Life Committee. He is a Co-founder and Director of Crossroads Life Options Crisis Pregnancy Center. Bob and several close friends founded The Maine Marriage Alliance to promote and protect traditional marriage. When the Maine Legislature and governor wrote a new definition of marriage, Bob formed a partnership that became Stand for Marriage Maine, becoming one of the leaders in restoring the definition of marriage in Maine to its one man/one woman status.
Pastor Emrich is a graduate of Clatsop Community College, New Brunswick Bible Institute, and the University of Maine. He taught high school history and social studies for about ten years and worked for several years as the Chief of Staff in Maine’s Senate Republican office.
He is the recipient of numerous awards but considers his greatest honors being called “Dad” and “Grampa”.
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.
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.
Lincoln J. Merrill, Jr.
Linc lives in North Yarmouth with his wife of over 30 years. They are members of the First Parish Congregational Church of Pownal. 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, board member of the Maine 4-H Foundation, the Future Land Committee for North Yarmouth, and co-chaired a successful capital campaign to preserve 1800 acres of land in New Gloucester and Poland that border Sabbathday Lake and is owned by the Shakers.
He has three adult daughters and one granddaughter.
Robert D. Sweet
Bob is the retired CEO of Creative Pultrusions Inc., a fiberglass manufacturing company he started thirty five years ago. A graduate of University of the Pacific in 1959, he majored in marketing. He is married to his wife Margie for 33 years and has 4 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. An active member of Imago Dei Anglican Church in Orono, as well as Hulls Cove Church of our Father, Episcopal. He recently retired as the Chairman of the Bedford County Airport Authority and The Community Foundation of The Alleghenies in Johnstown, PA. He is an avid sailor and coin collector and enjoys working with wood.
Mary F. Sweet
Margie is a homemaker of 33 years who moved to Maine in 2008 when she and her husband sold their company and retired. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Merchandising. She has worked as Editor and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as well as Social Worker with Children’s Services. In retired life, she has become a Master Gardener, enjoyed teaching weekly Bible Study, sailing the coast of Maine and tending two sheep and a Great Pyrenees dog as well as her beautiful new home.
Dr. Chris Ritter
Dr. Ritter is an M.D. who practices in the Old Town/Bangor area with an emphasis in family medicine. He has been a courageous supporter of biblical values for many years here in Maine. Chris and his wife, Marianne, have six grandchildren, and they worship at St. Johns in Bangor and Holy Family in Old Town.
Dick is the president of Bradstreet Homes Inc., which has been in business since 1985. He and his wife, Jo Anne, have been married for 41 years and have three adult children. They worship at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Waterville where Dick serves as the Culture Impact Team leader.
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.