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Rev. Rachel Fisher

Executive Director

In its tenth year of operation in 2022, ISLP welcomed Rev. Fisher. As Executive Director, Rev. Fisher is poised to lead ISLP in continuing its mission as it grows into its second decade. Rachel is passionate about guiding organizations to greater health in structure, functionality, community outreach, financial capacity, and missional vision.  As an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, she has developed her gifts through twenty years of leading the local church, as Co-Chair of The New England Conference of the UMC's Board of Ordained Ministry, and as Chair of the Board of Directors at Rolling Ridge Conference and Retreat Center in North Andover, MA. Rev. Fisher can be reached by email at

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Rev. Laura Delaplain, PhD

Clinical Director, Licensed Psychologist

As an ordained minister and licensed psychologist, Dr. Delaplain brings to the Institute an interest in the spiritual health and development of individuals, families, and systems.  Before co-founding the Institute for Spiritual Life and Psychotherapy, Laura served for 25 years as the Executive Director of the Norma Kent Pastoral Counseling Center at the United Church of Christ in Abington, MA.  Laura has been a clergy member of the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church since 1985, providing interim pastoral leadership to churches in transition. Laura offers Spiritual Direction, Practices of Meditation, and Professional Development through ISLP.

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