St. John’s Church is a parish of the Episcopal Church, USA, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion under the leadership of the Most Rev’d. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury. The Diocese of Massachusetts, the largest diocese in the American Church, is led by the The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates with the assistance of the Rt. Rev’d. Gayle E. Harris, Bishop Suffragan.


The Reverend Dr. Cecil "Ted" Cole, Jr, Rector

Rev. Cole came to us from St. Mary’s Church in Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as senior-level associate to the rector in charge of youth and family ministry. Before that, he was assistant rector with a focus on youth ministry and then interim minister at Christ Church, in Plymouth, MA. He has served as a youth minister at both of the congregations, offering workshops on faith formation in youth and leading youth ministry trips to Washington, D.C. and Malawi, Africa. He has run Family Nights with child-friendly Eucharists and supports the same Godly Play curriculum used at St John’s. He has lead a variety of different adult education programs, including bible study. He is well-versed in Ignatian spiritual practices, spiritual dream work and is a certified Appreciative Inquiry (“AI”) coach. He has always had a commitment to LGBTQ communities and equality for individuals and groups of all races and backgrounds.

He attended Middlebury College (BA, Philosophy and Religion), Harvard Divinity School (MTS), and Boston University (Ph.D., Philosophy of Religion). He grew up in New York City.

He lives in Jamaica Plain with his wife, Sage Cole, who is the pastor at the Swedenborgian Chapel in Cambridge and their two young sons.



RACHEL Carpentier, music director

Music ministry has long been an important part of Rachel Carpentier’s life, and as a JP resident, she is excited for her role a neighborhood place of worship.
Rachel is currently a doctoral student in historical musicology at Boston University, where she studies sixteenth-century sacred music in Europe and New Spain. She spends a lot of time singing music from this period, and playing renaissance and baroque flutes as well. 
Rachel is originally from Cambria, California, where she held her first position as music director in an Episcopal church. Since then, she has served Unitarian, American Baptist, Anglican, Lutheran, Roman Catholic, and Episcopal parishes, and is grateful for those many and varied experiences of worship.
Although she has enjoyed her involvement with worship at numerous churches, she is happy both personally and vocationally, to send down deeper roots in one spiritual community and is happy to be doing so at St. John’s.


Diana comes to us with a wealth of experience including most recently as the Program Coordinator for Independent Living and Assisted Living at New Bridge on the Charles.  Before that, Diana was St Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill and St. Mary of the Angels, Roxbury, MA and several other local parishes, involved in their religious education, pastoral work and community education. Diana has a Masters in Theological Studies from Oblate School of Theology and a Bachelor in Business Admin.- Management from Texas A & M University. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work  - Geriatrics from Boston College

Diana has many years working directly as a Family Life minister with young families and has run weekly education programs and monthly intergenerational family gatherings in several states across the country.  She has served as youth minister at several parishes has worked with teams of adults who minister to youth. Diana was formed as an Episcopalian, but has experiences with Lutheran, Methodist, Baptist, Catholic and Jewish traditions and will be incorporating Godly Play philosophies into her work here at St. John’s.

Diana lives in West Roxbury and outside of her work in the church, Diana has decades of experience as a soccer coach, lacrosse coach and a Boy Scout leader.  

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Natasha has been attending St. John’s for 10 years and served on the Vestry for three before beginning as co-warden in 2018. She is an art historian and writer and has a special fondness for St. John’s historic building and stained glass windows. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband, daughter, and two cats.



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Donald HErnstrom, WaRDEN

Don has attended St John's Church for thirty years, and served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and a member of the Vestry. He lives in Roslindale with his spouse Liz, his daughter Maddy, and six cats and one large dog (and perhaps also a poltergeist).  He has lived in Boston since the late seventies, and worked as a carpenter and merchandiser.  He attended Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. Since 1982 he has worked at J.P. Licks, where he is head ice cream maker.


Parish Administrator / Web Administrator

Elizabeth Tambascio Cumberbatch:

Vestry Members

Co-Warden: Natasha Seaman
Co-Warden: Donald Hernstrom
Treasurer: Andrew Schieffelin
Clerk: Ginnie Smith

Class of 2019
Libby Gatti
Chris Heaton
Kate Dare-Winters

Class of 2020
Margaret Paget
Shannon McCarthy

Class of 2021
Mary Horvath
Annalynn Lacombe
John Travers

Other Leadership

Delegates to Diocesan Convention:
The Rev. Ted Cole
Dawn Tesorero
Ann Collins
John Travers (Alternate)