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Clergy and Staff

Missional Priest – Ellendale Hoffman

Canon Ellendale Hoffman earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton Theological School in 1978. She retired from Grace Episcopal Church, Old Saybrook, where she served over 30 years. She attended the Episcopal Divinity School and Manhattanville College and was ordained to the priesthood in 1977.

One of the first women to be ordained priest in the Episcopal Church, Ellendale has also served in bi-vocational ministry. She is licensed as a mental health clinician, has served as parish priest, clinical director in community mental health centers, private practice, seminary teaching and transitional ministry. She has been involved in local community outreach programs and mission trips to Africa and Paraguay.

Missional Priest – Chuck Hoffman

The Rev. Chuck Hoffman earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from Andover Newton in 1979 and has served for 50 years of ordained ministry in parishes located in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In Connecticut, he was Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Old Saybrook, for 25 years, retiring in 2013. He has served as Interim Rector and Sunday supply priest in various congregations in CT since that time.

Chuck graduated from the Episcopal Theological School and Trinity College. In addition to serving in parish ministry, he has been appointed to various diocesan and national church committees. In the local communities in which he served as pastor, he served on town boards and many community outreach groups.

Parish Worker – Paul Smith

Originally trained in chemistry and physics at Harvard and Caltech, Paul left academia to pursue a call to ministry. He joined InnerChange (a Christian order among the poor), moved into a marginalized immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles, and came alongside local leaders to help them transform their community. After many years in Los Angeles, Paul relocated to New Haven, where he works on InnerChange’s Staff Formation Team, tutors math and science, and serves as parish worker and liturgical leader at St. John’s.

Parish Administrator – Mary Ann Green

With a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Quinnipiac University, (and a continuing, albeit remiss, MBA student there), Mary Ann is fulfilling a many-year wish to serve the Church. The generosity of Christ Church is felt as an acolyte, as well as the generosity here of St. John’s!

Sexton Position Open!

We are currently seeking a sexton for St. John’s. If you or someone you know is interested, email Ben Northrup (Warden) at

Sexton: The words “sexton” and “sacristan” both derive from the Medieval Latin word sacristanus, meaning “custodian of sacred objects.” A sexton is a functionary of a church, charged with the maintenance of its building and surrounding grounds. Historically, they were responsible for the order and upkeep of the house of worship, including the care of the church buildings, its furnishings, and sacred relics, used in the liturgy and other public acts of worship.

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