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36 Madison Ave.
Madison, NJ 07940
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Alfred T. Day, III ,General Secretary

Michelle Merkel-Brunskill, Executive Assistant

Jay Rollins, Director of Communications

Mark Shenise, Associate Archivist

Frances Lyons, Reference Archivist

Brian Shetler, Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Methodist Librarian

Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. , General Secretary Emeritus

Robert J. Williams , General Secretary, retired


Robert J. WilliamsAlfred T. Day, III

General Secretary


Graduate studies, Drew University and Temple University
M. Div. Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, 1975
B.S., Houghton College, Houghton NY, 1972

Alfred T. Day , beginning in 2014, is the General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History . He is a clergy member of the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference. He also serves as editor of Methodist History.

Prior to his present appointment, Day served local churches in the Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference including a term as District Superintendent and most recently as Pastor of Historic St. George's Church, a United Methodist Heritage Landmark.



Michelle Merkel-Brunskill

Michelle Merkel-Brunskill

Executive Assistant


Graduate studies, Drew University
B.A., Aurora University, 1996


Michelle has been with GCAH since 2000. She provides administrative support for the Commission's General Secretary. Michelle is the public's contact at the Archives to answer questions about general information, subscribing to Methodist History, Historic and Heritage Landmark applications, purchasing GCAH publications, and updating the GCAH directory.


Jay Rollins

Director of Communications

Jay Rollins has more than ten years of experience in various capacities in communications, development, public relations, and marketing roles, with extensive work in more than 20 developing countries.

With the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), he was responsible for the brand and messaging of an organization with a staff of almost 500 in more than 80 countries. He was responsible that all staff was trained in basic communications functions, brand promise/awareness, social media and crisis communication. Additionally, he ensured that these concepts were translated into the country-appropriate language and context. He has been called a pioneer in social media for non-profit organizations and quoted in several books including Elizabeth Drescher’s Click 2 Save.

Additionally, he has extensively traveled and reported around the world. From the border of Syria to the emerging nation of South Sudan, he has been a one-person producer, photographer, reporter, videographer, grip, and editor.


Mark SheniseMark Shenise

Associate Archivist


D. Litt. Candidate, Drew University
M.T.S., Drew Theological School, 1985
B.A., Olivet Nazarene University, 1981

Mark is the Associate Archivist. His major responsibilities are processing agencies and personal papers, handling reference requests, working on museum displays, overseeing basic conservation needs, working with computers and databases, and preserving/cataloging the artifacts collection. Mark first worked for the archives in 1983 as a Student Assistant. After graduating from Drew Theological Seminary in 1985 and serving as an Associate Pastor in High Mountain Church of the Nazarene, Mark came back to work full-time for the archives in the Fall of 1986. He is a member of the Mendham United Methodist Church.  Mark is also a member of the Greater New Jersey Commission on Archives and History.


Frances Lyons-BristolFrances Lyons

Reference Archivist

973- 408-3196

Certified Archivist since 1996
Higher Diploma in Archival Studies UCD
BA (History) University College Dublin

Frances joined the staff of the Commission as Reference Archivist in March 2008.  She previously managed the Archives and Special Properties Collection at American International Group, Inc. in New York City. Prior to working at AIG she was the archivist for The McGraw-Hill Companies.


Brian Shetler

Head of Special Collections & University Archives and Methodist Librarian, Drew University


Ph.D. Candidate, Drew University, expected 2018
M.A., Drew University, 2016
M.S.L.I.S., Simmons College, 2013
B.A., American University, 2002


Brian has worked with the Commission as part of Drew University Special Collections since 2013. He has held the position of Methodist Librarian since February, 2017. Prior to arriving at Drew, Brian completed his Masters in Library and Information Science at Simmons College in Boston. Since his undergraduate days at American University, Brian has worked at numerous rare book libraries and archives in Washington, DC, Boston, and New York City. In addition to his library experience, Brian is also a PhD candidate in the History and Culture program at Drew University, where he focuses on book history and print culture in early Modern England. Among the projects he has worked on while at Drew is an article for Methodist History related to the printing history of John Wesley and the Arminian Magazine. He is currently completing his dissertation on the printing history of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.


Charles Yrigoyen, Jr.

General Secretary, Emeritus

D.D., Albright College, 1987
Ph.D., Temple University, 1973
Th.M., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1964
B.D., Lancaster Theological Seminary, 1962
B.S. in Economics, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 1959

Chuck was the GCAH General Secretary from 1982-2005. He is an ordained clergy member of the Eastern Pennsylvanian Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. He lives in retirement, with his wife Jean, in Lancaster, Pennsylvannia.



Robert J. Williams

Robert J. Williams

General Secretary, Retired

Ph.D., Drew University, 1983
M.Div., Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1973
B.A., M.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1970


Bob was the General Secretary from 2006 through June of 2014. He is an elder in the Greater New Jersey Conference and lives with his wife, Renee, in Ocean City, NJ. He currently serves as treasurer of the Charles Wesley Society and staff to the World Methodist Historical Society.