The Rev. Dr. David A. Killian is a “bridge priest” between the tenure of St. John’s former rector and the time when the Vestry will call a “Priest in Charge.” For over twenty years he served as the Rector of All Saints Parish in Brookline. Previously he served as Interim Rector at Good Shepherd, Watertown, St. Michael’s, Marblehead, and St. Dunstan’s, Dover. He was a member of the board and editor of the newsletter of the Massachusetts Episcopal Clergy Association (MECA) for 22 years and served on the diocese’s Standing Committee and Diocesan Council. A native of Wisconsin, he was a member of the Paulist Fathers and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1967 and received as a priest into the Episcopal Church in 1988. He is the chaplain for the postulants and candidates in the ordination process since June 2013. He is the convener and leader of the Centering Prayer Group at Grace Church in Newton and a member of their stewardship and social action committees. He is president of Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM), an interfaith social justice organization founded in 1966 and president of the Massachusetts Bible Society, an ecumenical educational organization founded in 1809. He is married to Barbara O’Neil, a retired physician, and they have two adult children.
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.
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.
Phoebe Robinson Foley
Josh Caudill has served as Parish Administrator at Saint John’s since September 2018. Formerly, he has worked at Calvary Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma, as Youth Minister, and at Redeemer Church in Norman, Oklahoma, where he also served as Youth Minister, in addition to managing the church’s communications and audio, visual, and technical needs. He currently works in places where books are found–specifically at the Cambridge Public Library and Belmont Books. He has studied Biblical Languages (Oklahoma Baptist University) and Applied Linguistic Anthropology (University of Oklahoma) and is glad, while living in Massachusetts, to be able to put some of these skills to use for the church.
Josh has run 2 marathons, performed live in concert in 5 states, and enjoys playing Scrabble with his wife, who always wins, even though he has an advanced degree in linguistics.