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.
ann collins, warden
Ann has served two terms on Vestry and is in her second year as co-warden. Her favorite St. John's events are the Progressive Dinner and wishing people Merry Christmas at our annual Christmas tree sales at the Loring Greenough House.
By day she is a high school librarian. Ann lives in JP with her partner, three children, 2 cats and one dog.
James ellis, warden
Jim and his partner Ken have been attending St. John’s for over 10 years. Jim has served on Vestry for much of those 10 years, including one previous term as Junior Warden. In addition to serving on the Vestry, Jim has been actively involved in Sunday School and Youth Programming at St. Johns and is a part of Altar Guild.
Jim is a clinical psychologist and behavior analyst and works primarily with individuals with Autism, providing consultation to school systems and other agencies, as well as to families. Jim, along with his partner Ken, helped found the Step By Step School for Children with Autism in Guyana, South America and also started a non-profit agency to help support the work of the school and the Step By Step Foundation.
Parish Administrator/Web Administrator
Elizabeth Cumberbatch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Warden: Ann Collins
Co-Warden: James Ellis
Treasurer: Andrew Schieffelin
Clerk: Ginnie Smith
Class of 2018
Alison Hodge (Second Term)
Sandy North (First Term)
John Travers (First Term)
Class of 2020
Kate Dare-Winters (First Term)
Don Hernstrom (First Term)
Natasha Seaman (First Term)
Delegates to Diocesan Convention:
The Rev. Ted Cole