Who We Are
Saint John’s is a small church with a big sense of community. We are a gathering of people supporting each other in our common search for God’s purpose in our lives. As an Episcopal church, we are governed by the people in the pews and part of a broader community of Christians at the local, national, and global level.
Our church is governed by an elected Vestry.
Our Rector is The Reverend Mark D. W. Edington.
Our Music is directed by Jeffrey Mills.
Saint John’s Vestry comprises four officers and six members, all elected by the parish:
- Kristin Knudson-Groh, Senior Warden. As Senior Warden Kristin 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.
- Laura Brewer, Junior Wardens. Laura holds the portfolio for property matters at Saint John’s, overseeing the needs of our physical plant.
- Kevin McGee, Treasurer. 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.
- Tom Wood, Clerk. As clerk, Tom maintains the records of the parish, drafts minutes of each meeting of the Vestry, and issues the official warrant calling meetings of the parish.
- Nicky Chapman
- Brian Goeselt
- Christopher Carter
- Phoebe Robinson Foley
- Aram Raissi
- Jeff Barrell
Organist and Choir Director
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.
Priest Of The Parish
Mark Edington is the priest of Saint John’s. He prepared for ministry at Harvard Divinity School, receiving the M.Div. in 2000. 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’s also 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. 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.