People

Mark Edington

Mark Edington

Priest Of The Parish
About Mark
Mark Edington is the priest of Saint John’s. He prepared for ministry at Harvard Divinity School, receiving the M.Div. in 2000. In addition to his work as the parish rector, he is the director of the Amherst College Press and the founding publisher of the Lever Press, a scholarly publisher supported by a consortium of more than fifty liberal arts institutions in the United States. He is the author of Bivocational: Returning to the Roots of Ministry, published by Church Publishing in 2018. A social entrepreneur and commentator, Mark is on the founding board of the 2Seeds Network, an international NGO engaging in food-security work in the poorest regions of East Africa. He also serves as a trustee of Adrian College in Adrian, Michigan.

Mark is a commentator on religion at the Huffington Post, WBUR’s Cognoscenti blog, and New England Public Radio.  Mark works as well as the director of the Amherst College Press, a publisher of scholarship based at Amherst College. Previous experience includes service as a senior administrator in Harvard University, where he served as executive director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory and as senior administrator of the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. Mark’s previous posts in ordained ministry included appointments as Epps Fellow and Chaplain to Harvard College and as Associate Minister and Director of Administration at The Memorial Church of Harvard University; as rector of Saint Dunstan’s Church in Dover, Massachusetts; and as Protestant Chaplain at Wellesley College. He is also a recipient of the Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the A.B. in philosophy and political science, summa cum laude, from Albion College. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Jeffrey Mills

Jeffrey Mills

Organist and Choir Director
About Jeffrey
Jeffrey is a talented musician and a leader in our diocese. He has exercised leadership in music ministries at Saint Peter’s Church in Cambridge, the Parish of Saint John the Evangelist on Bowdoin Street, Boston, and at Grace Church, Newton. In addition, he has served as a Vestry Member and Warden, and currently serves as a member of the Transition Committee anticipating the election of our new bishop next April. Jeffrey is also a trainer of Eucharistic Visitors for the Diocese of Massachusetts, and a Mentor in the Education for Ministry (EfM) program.

Jeffrey brings to St. John’s rich musical talents formed in study at Indiana University at Bloomington, where he received the B.Mus. in Organ and Church Music. He is also a bivocational music director, serving simultaneously in public service as Assistant Executive Director of the Board of Registration in Dentistry for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts. He solves crossword puzzles with a pen and enjoys bicycling as well.

 

Vestry Officers

Cleo Messinger

Cleo Messinger

Clerk
About Cleo
As clerk, Cleo maintains the records of the parish, drafts minutes of each meeting of the Vestry, and issues the official warrant calling meetings of the parish.
Kevin McGee

Kevin McGee

Treasurer
About Kevin
Kevin oversees the books of the parish, presents a monthly budget report to the Vestry, and heads the Investment Committee of the parish, which holds responsibility for managing the funds endowed on behalf of Saint John’s. Kevin is an attorney in private practice.
Brian Goeselt

Brian Goeselt

Junior Warden
About Brian
Brian holds the portfolio for property matters at Saint John’s, overseeing the needs of our physical plant. He is a teacher at Newton North High School.
Laura Brewer

Laura Brewer

Senior Warden
About Laura
As Senior Warden Laura is responsible for running the Vestry’s monthly meetings and sharing with the Junior Warden in the responsibility of guiding the parish in living out the ministry to which it has been called. She is a middle school teacher at The Rivers School.

 

Vestry Members

Alec Schoeck

Alec Schoeck

About Alec
Jan Gilpin

Jan Gilpin

About Jan
Phoebe Robinson Foley

Phoebe Robinson Foley

About Phoebe
Nicky Chapman

Nicky Chapman

About Nicky
Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen

About Rhys
Alastair Battson

Alastair Battson

About Alastair